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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 189: The Low Desert

    Episode 189: The Low Desert

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider go behind the scenes of Tod’s new book, The Low Desert, out now from Counterpoint.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 188: Cruel Summer

    Episode 188: Cruel Summer

    On today's special episode, we are live from LumaCon 2021 — a comic convention brought to you by a cohort of public libraries in Sonoma County, California. Today, we discuss the graphic novel Cruel Summer by Ed Brubaker, and then a Q&A with the live audience.
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 187: The Neighbors

    Episode 187: The Neighbors

    Today, for the first time in a while, Julia, Rider, and Tod tackle a single short story. We solicited our listeners via social media for recommendations, and a couple of you directed us to "The Neighbors" by Shruti Swamy, which is available online at Electric Literature and is part of the collection A House Is a Body.
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    • 49 min
    Episode 186: George Saunders

    Episode 186: George Saunders

    On today's episode, we welcome one of our favorite authors on the podcast, George Saunders, to discuss his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, which takes a close look at seven Russian short stories and offers insight on reading and writing.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 185: The Best of the Worst Year

    Episode 185: The Best of the Worst Year

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod take on the year 2020 and all its glory and misery. Each of them picks the best thing they read in 2020 for the podcast and the best thing each read on their own... if they found any time to read on their own.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 184: A Christmas Story

    Episode 184: A Christmas Story

    On today's special holiday episode, Rider, Tod, and Julia discuss the work of storyteller and humorist Jean Shepherd, whose book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash formed the basis for the classic 1980 film A Christmas Story.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

Mmarkus M. ,

Listening for years

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.

teeelldeeare ,

rider strong is a bigot

your semi-regular reminder that rider strong is a smug (oh, so smug), racist New Atheist anti-Muslim bigot. nothing he makes is good! julia seems cool though.

Sai Leigh ,

Giving it up

I enjoyed this podcast for a really long time. It’s been great for book recommendations and the convo outside of books is usually interesting. I took a break a few months ago because Todd is really just too much sometimes. I think having differing opinions is really important to a good discussion, and having Todd involved works in that way, but he comes across as very pretentious and rude. He constantly talks over everyone and in the episode I tried listening to today, it was just too overwhelming. There aren’t many good book podcasts so I’m sad to have to give this one up, but the dynamic just doesn’t work for me.

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