10 episodes

Recall This Book is a podcast exploring important books on a pressing topic. Each episode focuses on a contemporary problem or event and zeroes in on a book or books that shed light on it. We look backwards to see into the future: we can understand things about the future by choosing texts that shed a sideways light on our present situation, and attempt to shake up the terms of present debate by showing how a topic was approached in earlier times when a different version of this question had come up before. We aim to have lively barstool discussions--a warm but involved and potentially argumentative hashing out of the best way to think through difficult present-day issues. We bring on writers to talk about their own books, or scholars to talk about the books that are helping them navigate best the world in which we live.

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    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

Recall This Book is a podcast exploring important books on a pressing topic. Each episode focuses on a contemporary problem or event and zeroes in on a book or books that shed light on it. We look backwards to see into the future: we can understand things about the future by choosing texts that shed a sideways light on our present situation, and attempt to shake up the terms of present debate by showing how a topic was approached in earlier times when a different version of this question had come up before. We aim to have lively barstool discussions--a warm but involved and potentially argumentative hashing out of the best way to think through difficult present-day issues. We bring on writers to talk about their own books, or scholars to talk about the books that are helping them navigate best the world in which we live.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

LizM... ,

Smart, lively conversations

I've listened to the Samuel Delany episode and The Written World episode and enjoyed them both tremendously. Wide-ranging conversations, great questions, well-chosen topics. Highly recommend!

Mfs1985 ,

Great for thinking with books

This is a great podcast for anyone using literature for, as Kenneth Burke said, "equipment for living"--thinking about the ways that books from the past can outfit us to encounter the world today. I especially enjoyed the episodes on addiction and on writing technologies!

LisaSolt ,

Wonderful insights and conversation

I really enjoyed the first episode with artist Tori Fair. Wide ranging, fascinating discussion.

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