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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.

    Episode 198: Horse Girls

    Episode 198: Horse Girls

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod tackle the incredibly popular, enduring, and surprisingly diverse world of the horse girl. We have read a classic of the genre, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, and have read a new collection of essays edited by Halimah Marcus entitled Horse Girls, in which female writers go deep on horses and the horse girl phenomenon.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 197: East of Eden

    Episode 197: East of Eden

    On this episode of Literary Disco, Julia, Rider, and Tod take on John Steinbeck's classic epic novel East of Eden, which centers on the Salinas Valley of California and tells the story of several generations of the Trask and Hamilton families.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 196: Pool Reads

    Episode 196: Pool Reads

    On this episode of Literary Disco, while Rider's off camping, Tod and Julia talk about their philosophy of pool reads—and why they'll read books at the pool that they'd never be caught reading anywhere else.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 195: Arena

    Episode 195: Arena

    On this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod read some poetry -- and discuss Lauren Shapiro's poetry collection, Arena, which was published in 2020 to rave reviews.
    Lauren Shapiro is the author of Easy Math (Sarabande, 2013), which was the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Debut-litzer Prize for Poetry, as well as a chapbook of poems, Yo-Yo Logic (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2011). She is an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
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    • 54 min
    Episode 194: Alta Magazine

    Episode 194: Alta Magazine

    Today, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss three articles from Alta Magazine, the publication based in California that focuses on news, history, literature, and culture, with a decidedly Western bent. Its founder, William Hearst III, declares it to be "a literate magazine that serves as a counterpoint to the New Yorker."
    Articles discussed:

    "The Accident on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Louise Farr, about the tragic death of a hiker

    "When the Mafia Came to Lodi" by Andrew Dubbins, about the mafia's attempt to infiltrate California and the undercover case that took them down

    "The Search of a Lifetime" by Julian Smith, about a woman investigating a cold case of her grandfather's murder


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 193: Being Mortal

    Episode 193: Being Mortal

    On today's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod talk about all the things human beings never want to talk about: death, pain, sickness, and more, when we discuss Atul Gawande's seminal 2014 book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
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    • 59 min

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345 Ratings

345 Ratings

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I love it! There’s something about listening to people talk about books that is really comforting. I only know about this podcast because of Rider talking about it on an interview. I didn’t know about Julia and Tod but all three of you together have great chemistry. I’ve added so many books to my list!

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Great book podcast. The trio work really well together. Sure more often than not Rider Strong comes as as an insufferable pretentious dude, but it’s balanced by Todd’s lovable insufferableness and Julia’s loveliness and intelligence.

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