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Episode 12- A Sleepover At Obama’s

December 31st, 2018 ·

In our oversized end of year episode we cover the Wolves of Brooklyn by Catherynne Valente, Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer, and our top five reads of the year.

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Tags: Catheryne M. Valente · Short Stories · Fantasy

Epsiode 6 - Risky Behavior Like Making Deals With Vampires

September 30th, 2018 ·

In this episode we discuss Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud and Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God by Hans Christian Andersen. This includes an exploration of the vampire as literary device and the trend of reapportioning fairy tales in modern works of fiction.

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Tags: Short Stories · Fantasy · Horror · Nathan Ballingrud · Hans Christian Andersen

Episode 4 - A Long Setup For An Obscure Punchline

August 20th, 2018 ·

This episode’s stories are St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell and Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges. (Warning: Borges’s name is mispronounced throughout the episode. Nate has been saddled with all the blame and he has been exiled to the underside of the flat earth as punishment.) We touch on a lot of stuff in this one from the cultural effects of schooling to the relationship between fiction and reality. Andrea shares her thoughts on N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy and Nate lists his favorite kinds of rolls.

 

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Tags: Short Stories · Fantasy · Karen Russell · Jorge Luis Borges

Episode 2 - The President Has Problems Starring Doug Washington

July 16th, 2018 ·

Are you a bad enough dude to save the president? Of course by "save" I mean "read the self-insert Homeland fanfic written by".
 

Our short stories for this episode are Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain by Yoon Ha Lee and Goodbye, My Brother by John Cheever.

A good chunk of this episode is dedicated to Andrea explaining The President is Missing, a novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. A good chunk of this episode is dedicated to Nate struggling to comprehend the existence of The President is Missing, a novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

Tags: Sci-fi · Short Stories · Yoon Ha Lee · John Cheever

Episode 1 A Garbage Dump Full of Peacocks

July 2nd, 2018 ·

We’re reborn and rebooted and we’ve got a whole new first episode for you. 

Our short stories for this episode are The Dungeon Master by Sam Lipsyte and A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor.

Andrea shares her thought on The Shape of Water novel by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, & Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Nate makes a very good ALF joke.

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Tags: Short Stories · Sam Lipsyte · Flannery O’Connor