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
That Old Computer by C.S. Forester
269 The Diary Of A Madman by Guy de Maupassant
The Diary Of A Madman by Guy de Maupassant
268 Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov
Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov
267 The Sea Thing by Frank Belknap Long
The Sea Thing by Frank Belknap Long
266 Roog by Philip K. Dick
Roog by Philip K. Dick
265 The Slave Race by Philip K. Dick
The Slave Race by Philip K. Dick
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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.
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!
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!