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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.

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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.

    Revisiting George Saunders

    Revisiting George Saunders

    On today's episode, we revisit a recent conversation with one favorite authors on the podcast, George Saunders, whose new story collection Liberation Day is out now.
    This episode is brought to you by Bombas, the socks Julia and her family is ALWAYS wearing! Go to bombas.com/disco and use code DISCO for 20% off your purchase!
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    • 56 min
    Episode 204: Horror

    Episode 204: Horror

    Today, on Literary Disco, we continue our genre-based season. Each episode of this season, we're diving deep into a particular literary genre, exploring what defines it, what makes it work or not work, interviewing authors, talking to fans, scholars, whomever can help us unlock what it is that makes a genre a genre. And with this, our third episode, we grab a flashlight, head into the dark woods to that house on the hill or just maybe the closet in our own room to creep around the corners, waiting for the tingling sensation in the back of our necks. And we try to find what's in the darkness as we confront the genre of horror.
    This episode's special guests include Jeff Jerome, Curator Emeritus of the Poe House and Museum; Susan Scarf Merrell, author of Shirley based on the life of Shirley Jackson; and novelist and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, who wrote the films Sinister, Doctor Strange, and The Black Phone.
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 203: Crime

    Episode 203: Crime

    Today, we continue our genre-based season where we dive deep into a literary genre exploring what defines it, what makes it work and not work, interviewing authors, talking to fans and scholars, whoever can unlock what makes a genre a genre.
    In our second episode, we find a body, a clue or two, maybe even some justice. We'll undoubtedly confront the darkness and the human heart as we talk crime. This week, our special guests are private investigator Lee Lofland, author of Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers; Melissa Chadburn, author of A Tiny Upward Shove; and writer Ross Angelella.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 202: Fantasy

    Episode 202: Fantasy

    Today we launch a new format of the Disco as we begin our "Genre Season."
    Each episode of this season, we're going to dive deep into a particular literary genre, exploring what defines it, what makes it work or not work, interviewing authors, talking to fans, scholars, whoever can help us unlock what it is that makes a genre a genre.
    With our inaugural episode, we discover our long lost lineage. hop on Pegasus, and fly to the far reaches of fantasy. Joining us is actor and writer Will Friedle, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, and Dungeons & Dragons game designer Kate Welch.
    This is Literary Disco, the last book club you'll ever need.
    Explore more of Brandon Sanderson in our Mistborn episode.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sea Tea (Literary Disco Live!)

    Sea Tea (Literary Disco Live!)

    This is a recording of a live episode from Sea Tea Improv in Hartford, Connecticut, back in March. Julia and Rider are joined by special guests curator Mallory Howard of the Mark Twain House & Museum and librarian Gwen Glazer of the Croton Free Library -- and Tod's disembodied head joining virtually.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 201: Where the Hell Have We Been?

    Episode 201: Where the Hell Have We Been?

    Hey, guys! It's been a while. While Julia may have grown a beard, Rider still hasn't cut his hair, and Tod is still up to his old b******t, we've been still reading books and are ready to start a new season -- with some surprises! Listen in to find out what we're going to be up to in 2022.
    We're also coming to a town near you! And by town near you, we mean those of you near Hartford, Connecticut!
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
370 Ratings

370 Ratings

ihateflycleaners ,

The best show about books

Listening to this show takes me back to my favorite English classes in college with a mix of great humor

LostListens ,

These reviews though

Everyone writing reviews like their eighth grade English Teacher is reading this.

Fun weird time capsule of a show though! I actually loved Galapagos, but I haven’t read it in like 15 years and I was crazy then.

Rae712 ,

Ready for More!

I’m a relatively new listener and am having a great time digging into old episodes but this latest episode hit it out of the park for me.

Looking at crime from all it’s messy angles with the new format was truly *chef’s kiss*

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