270 episodes

Share the joys-and sharpen the skills-of deep reading. In each weekly half-hour podcast, Eric Rabkin and Jesse Willis mine together the riches of another marvelous short story, poem, or video. Each work, freely available on the RSD website, can be read in half an hour or less, and discussed for hours.

Reading, Short and Dee‪p‬ Eric S. Rabkin and Jesse Willis

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Share the joys-and sharpen the skills-of deep reading. In each weekly half-hour podcast, Eric Rabkin and Jesse Willis mine together the riches of another marvelous short story, poem, or video. Each work, freely available on the RSD website, can be read in half an hour or less, and discussed for hours.

    270 That Old Computer by C.S. Forester

    270 That Old Computer by C.S. Forester

    That Old Computer by C.S. Forester

    • 35 min
    269 The Diary Of A Madman by Guy de Maupassant

    269 The Diary Of A Madman by Guy de Maupassant

    The Diary Of A Madman by Guy de Maupassant

    • 30 min
    268 Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov

    268 Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov

    Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov

    • 31 min
    267 The Sea Thing by Frank Belknap Long

    267 The Sea Thing by Frank Belknap Long

    The Sea Thing by Frank Belknap Long

    • 33 min
    266 Roog by Philip K. Dick

    266 Roog by Philip K. Dick

    Roog by Philip K. Dick

    • 33 min
    265 The Slave Race by Philip K. Dick

    265 The Slave Race by Philip K. Dick

    The Slave Race by Philip K. Dick

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Soulaco ,

Fantastical

I discovered this podcast after listening to Eric Rabkin’s “Masterpieces of the imaginative mind”. Eric and Jesse elevate the reading of these wonderful stories through a deep dive into symbolism and historical meaning. Thank you for uncovering the stories I hadn’t found yet.

Aaron Irber ,

Truly Short and Deep

This is one of the hidden gems of the podcast world. Both of the hosts are incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. The length of the podcast is perfect and I appreciate when they read the story out loud before the discussion begins. They analyze each story from different perspectives, both traditional and modern. As a Catholic, I appreciate the seriousness the hosts take when dealing with Christian themes as literary elements. They don’t hand wave or dismiss something because they themselves don’t personally adhere to or agree with a particular belief system. It’s very refreshing. The depth of analysis always leaves me with a greater understanding of the story and of literature in general. It is truly short and deep. Keep up the good work!

TRyTomTom ,

Brilliant

Eric Rabkin was an amazing professor at the University of Michigan, and Jesse is the perfect compliment! They both have a keen grasp of the language and symbolism, and there is always and engaging discussion...even and especially when they disagree! I subscribe to a few podcasts, but this is the only one I make sure to listen to in great detail! I highly recommend reading the pdf before listening. A true master class in understanding literature!

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