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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 191: Spring Games 2021

    Episode 191: Spring Games 2021

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider celebrate Literary Disco’s ninth birthday by breaking out some book games. In Judging a Book by Its Cover, Rider reads the first few lines of a book while Tod and Julia try to guess the era, genre, author, and even the book itself. In Game Two, Julia and Rider try to decipher between a poem, a song, a popular song, and something Tod's made up. And in the final game, Julia leads a round of Bookshelf Roulette. Plus, the countless book digressions and recommendations they've been making for nearly a decade.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 190: Crime Favorites

    Episode 190: Crime Favorites

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider talk about their favorite crime reads—and why we're so hooked on the genre, anyway.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

megharris1983 ,

Fantastic

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!

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.

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