230 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, 15 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.

    230 The Android Kill by John Jakes

    230 The Android Kill by John Jakes

    The Android Kill by John Jakes

    • 36 min
    229 Shadows by Clark Ashton Smith

    229 Shadows by Clark Ashton Smith

    Shadows by Clark Ashton Smith

    • 36 min
    228 Life O' Dreams by W. Douglas Newton

    228 Life O' Dreams by W. Douglas Newton

    Life O' Dreams by W. Douglas Newton

    • 32 min
    227 Arctic Justice by Harold Willard Gleason

    227 Arctic Justice by Harold Willard Gleason

    Arctic Justice by Harold Willard Gleason

    • 36 min
    226 Black Cat Weather by David R. Bunch

    226 Black Cat Weather by David R. Bunch

    Black Cat Weather by David R. Bunch

    • 33 min
    225 Æpyornis Island by H.G. Wells

    225 Æpyornis Island by H.G. Wells

    Æpyornis Island by H.G. Wells

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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