187 episodes

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 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
    Episode 183: Shel Silverstein

    Episode 183: Shel Silverstein

    Today, in a special parents only episode, Rider and Julia discuss the works of poet, songwriter, cartoonist, and all-around Renaissance man of children's literature, Shel Silverstein.
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    • 38 min
    Episode 182: Zero Zone

    Episode 182: Zero Zone

    A massive art installation in the New Mexico desert. A Manson-like cult leader whose followers barricade themselves inside. An artist plagued by guilt, and a lonely teenager with violent intentions. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss Scott O'Connor's literary thriller Zero Zone—and why the 1970s was the ideal decade for this story.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 181: Soap Operas

    Episode 181: Soap Operas

    Today we embrace the melodrama, the secret, the amnesia, the surprise relative, the multiple personality disorder, the rape, the recasting, the coming back from the dead, the love, the murder, and the marriages (!), as we talk about all things soap opera with special guests Natalie Zea and Travis Schuldt.
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
329 Ratings

329 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.

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.

♌️anne ,

Feel Nothing

Ughh first episode ever listening. All I wanted was to hear an intelligent discussion about a book I just finished reading. But no, eight minutes in & one of the hosts was compulsively boasting about an immature online quarrel between another annoyed listener. So here I am, another person who’s so angry having barely listened to your podcast that I’m taking the time to tell you I’m done listening.

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