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We are a diverse group of readers who have a rowdy old time discussing a wide diversity of short literary fiction

    Chemical Bonds

    Chemical Bonds

    Discussion Notes: Chemical Bonds

    This week’s story: Chemical Bonds by Neema Avashia 

    Next week’s story: Suffering in Motion by McKenna Marsden 

    Rated: Clean

    Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Chemical Bonds” by Neema Avashia, an auto-biographical story about the political divide between immigrant parents and their American-born daughter. While this podcast typically focuses on fiction, reading non-fiction was a happy accident. A bit of a departure from our normal show, “Chemical Bonds” sparked an interesting discussion that led Anais and Andy to reflect on their own immigrant families. 



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    • 26 min
    Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey

    Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey

    Discussion Notes: The Rabbit Matchmakers

    This week’s story: Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami 

    Next week’s story: Chemical Bonds by Neema Avashia 

    Rated: Clean

    Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey” by Haruki Murakami, a story of talking monkey who works an honest job and pines for lost loves from afar. If you’re looking for meaning, listen to this podcast to relieve yourself of such a weighty burden! This story is light, charming, and a wonderful break from the heavy-hearted and forlorn.



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    • 21 min
    Agashi

    Agashi

    Discussion Notes: Agashi

    This week’s story: Agashi by AC Koch 

    Next week’s story: Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami 

    Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language

    Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Agahsi” by AC Koch, a story two ex-pat English teachers in Hong Kong sent to South Korea by their boss. Their mission carries questionable morals, and the two men have very different responses.  Our hosts also have very different responses to the story, and debate the ethics and story alike.



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    • 27 min
    The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror

    The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror

    Discussion Notes: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of HorrorThis week’s story: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror by Carmen Maria Machado Next week’s story: Agashi by AC Koch Rated: Explicit!Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror” by Carmen Maria Machado, a story that pays an homage to the Grand Guignol tradition and delivers the horror, sex, and shock! All three hosts tip their hats to this masterfully crafted story, but can all three look past their squeamishness?Have thoughts on this story?Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group The Literary Roadhouse Readers.

































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    • 39 min
    The Afterlife

    The Afterlife

    Discussion Notes: The AfterlifeThis week’s story: The Afterlife by Jonathan Lethem Next week’s story: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror Rated: CleanGerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Afterlife” by Jonathan Lethem. Having made it to the afterlife by bus, main character “R” is repeatedly disappointed by everyone and everything he encounters. If this former sculptor can’t find deeper meaning in the visions of the afterlife, can we? Have thoughts on this story?Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group The Literary Roadhouse Readers. 

































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    • 34 min
    The Smart House of Mrs O

    The Smart House of Mrs O

    The Smart House of Mrs O by Lincoln Michel

    This week’s story: The Smart House of Mrs O by Lincoln Michel 

    Next week’s story: The Afterlife by Jonathan Lethem 

    Rated: Clean

    Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The The Smart House of Mrs O” by Lincoln Michel. The haunting story of a widow who uses her husbands body parts in home improvement work. But their love was so true…can you blame her for wanting to hold on? Some of us can!



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    • 30 min

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