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Literary Disco

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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com

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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com

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Enjoyable but...

By pmethr - Sep 07 2019
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...Tod really is the worst.

Patriot

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Do an episode on Amazon’s Patriot it’s so good love the Pod!

iTunes Ratings

258 Ratings
Average Ratings
196
29
11
9
13

Enjoyable but...

By pmethr - Sep 07 2019
Read more
...Tod really is the worst.

Patriot

By TCTaliaferro - May 29 2019
Read more
Do an episode on Amazon’s Patriot it’s so good love the Pod!
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Literary Disco

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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com

Rank #1: Episode 69: Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography

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You will probably be given this book for Christmas, so let us pre-judge it for you!

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Dec 17 2014

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: Episode 3: Sweet Valley High & Klassics Korner

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Today, we get silly. We discuss the various merits and demerits of Sweet Valley High. We revisit the classics, but upon Julia’s insistence, we give it the stupid name “Classics Corner– with two K’s!” See, that makes it friendly and approachable… right?
Let us know what you think in the comments, and please enjoy!

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Apr 24 2012

36mins

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Rank #3: Episode 73: Galapagos

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Today we examine whether or not every work by a master is a masterpiece. There may be some yelling.

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Feb 13 2015

59mins

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Rank #4: Episode 115: My Brilliant Friend

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It’s been all the rage at book clubs everywhere.
We read the smash hit Italian novel from Elena Ferrante.
Julia is effusive. Tod is stoked. Rider is…argumentative.
Typical times at the Disco.

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Nov 28 2017

41mins

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Rank #5: Episode 61: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Summer’s over and it’s time to get serious– grab a raft and float down a river while listening to us take on the Mark Twain classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Aug 24 2014

1hr 27mins

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Rank #6: Episode 16: Pillars of the Earth

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Long ago, in a land far away, three friends decided to take on an inconceivable project. One would read a book. One would listen to the audiobook of that book. One would watch a miniseries of the audiobook of that book. And lo, how did they feel about this book– which happens to be very popular– and this audiobook, and this miniseries? Did they build a great cathedral of praise, or raise a church of complaint? (Please note: The Pillars of the Earth contains many violent descriptions of sexual assault, which we discuss.)

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Nov 05 2012

52mins

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Rank #7: Episode 2: Half a Life & Poet Voice

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In our second podcast, we go back to our bookshelves again (or maybe put on our ipods, or maybe even just look at the back of the book).
Then we take a deep dive into Darin Strauss’ memoir, Half a Life, which leads to a hot debate about the current challenges of nonfiction.
Finally, Tod tries to stump Julia and Rider by reading things from the internet in the voice of a substandard poet.
If you haven’t finished the book yet, don’t fret– you can revisit the episode any time. And there are no major spoilers– Half a Life is a meditative book so it’s more about style than plot, anyway.
Feel free to leave your reaction to the book in our comments, or tweet us @LiteraryDisco.
Happy listening,
Literary Disco

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Apr 10 2012

51mins

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Rank #8: Episode 119: Lincoln in the Bardo

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We did it.
We read the George Saunders book that blew everyone’s mind in 2017.
And then we talked about it.
 

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Jan 29 2018

39mins

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Rank #9: Episode 17: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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You, a lifeboat, a tiger. Would you make it? Would Tod? Would Julia? Would Rider? (We have our bets.) Join our hosts as they discuss this bestselling novel and their hopes for the upcoming movie. Watch out for spoilers (though we’ll warn you).

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Nov 20 2012

51mins

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Rank #10: Episode 124: Bookshelf Revisit Summer 2018

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I know, it’s a bit confusing, but some tech issues with Episode 123 means we’re skipping it for now.
Instead, we zoom to the future! It’s a Bookshelf Revisit episode with a game — a new game Tod is insisting we call “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” As if there isn’t already a game called that.
But first, we get to hear all about Julia and Tod getting catfished, what children’s book Julia has rediscovered, Rider’s descent into the Empire of Illusion, and Tod’s recent interview with a very successful novelist who also happens to be his brother.
 

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Apr 30 2018

52mins

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Rank #11: Episode 56: Shirley Jackson

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Before there was the Hunger Games, there was the Lottery. And not the fun kind.
This week, we take on a newly published Shirley Jackson story and mix in a revisit to her classic short story “The Lottery”– which, incredibly, Rider has never read. Read along with these short stories and enjoy our descent into our usual madness (now, with more stoning!).

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Jun 10 2014

1hr

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Rank #12: Episode 6: Treasure Island!!! and Poet Voice

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Hello all,
Hey, it’s new episode day! This week we welcome Mark Haskell-Smith, author of the hilarious Heart of Dankness, who shares Sarah Levine’s brilliant picaresque novel Treasure Island. We loved it. We also share some really good stuff from our bookshelves about being a starving, boxing circus freak who lives under a bridge. (Or at least, if we combined all of our recommendations into one book, that’s what it would be about. Someone write this!) And finally, Tod once again tries to stump Rider and Julia on what’s a real poem and what’s just Tod reading stuff in a ridiculous poet-y voice.

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Jun 04 2012

56mins

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Rank #13: Episode 47: Mistborn

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Today we welcome the first appearance of the disco’s official Fantasy Correspondent, Will Friedle.
As a voracious reader of the genre, the trio asked Will to pick one of his favorite fantasy novels, and he chose Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn. Which, at 672 pages, turns out to be one of the shortest books Will could have selected from this author.
The discussion lands only on the book briefly, though, as the gang delves into the nature of fantasy itself. What makes for good fantasy, and how is that different from other genres? Is suspense as important as “world building,” or less so? What about moral complexity?
And, does anybody like singing Hobbits?
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Jan 21 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: Episode 147: Summer Reading 2019

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This week, Rider and Tod take turns talking about their summer reading: what they’re reading, what they’re planning to read, and what they think you should read. Some of the books include Anthony McCann's Shadowlands, Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home, Peter Houlahan's Norco '80, Kelli Russell Agodon's Hourglass Museum, and more.

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Jun 11 2019

59mins

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Rank #15: Episode 93: Best of 2015

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Just in time for the end of the year…
Oh, wait.
Super late, we have our annual “best of” conversation for 2015!
We cover our favorite books, and then, as is Literary Disco tradition, we digress into countless other favorites…

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Feb 03 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #16: Episode 86: A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

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This posthumous collection is getting so much praise lately– does it live up to the hype?

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Oct 05 2015

41mins

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Rank #17: Episode 8: Train Dreams

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Episode 8: We begin with a Bookshelf Revisit, in which Tod discovers a pulp gem, Julia goes Sherlock crazy, and Rider is hyperbolic as usual. Then we discuss the novella Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. We end with Judging a Book By Its Cover, wherein Tod is a genius and yet still doesn’t know where (or what) Thailand is.

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Jul 10 2012

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Episode 84: Judge a Book By Its Cover

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A long-lost episode finally appears! Rider tries to trick Tod & Julia with a classic game of ours. You should be able to guess at least one of these: play along!

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Sep 21 2015

32mins

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Rank #19: Episode 134: The Books We Loved in 2018

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The last book club you’ll ever need. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the best books they read in 2018, including Tara Westover’s Educated, Arthur Krystal’s This Thing We Call Literature, and Jonathan Weisman’s (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. 

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Dec 11 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: Episode 55: The Stranger

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It’s back to school for the Disco, when writer and real life high school English teacher Heather Partington joins us.
We asked Heather to treat us like a class: reading assignment, quiz, discussion. She selected Albert Camus’ classic novel, The Stranger. Then she gave us an online reading quiz. The results may surprise you.
But more importantly, there’s lots of talk about the state of literature in high schools: what kids are reading, how they’re reading, how their parents are reacting…
Heather’s on the front lines of the next generation of readers, and the Disco quickly learns that her students are very, very lucky to have her.
And then we dive into The Stranger in all its sparse, detached — et très French — glory. If you thought this book was weird when you were in high school, guess what? Still weird.
But kind of great.
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May 20 2014

1hr 2mins

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