146 — The Day Before: A Prequel Novel (Riverdale)

If you ever watched Riverdale and wished that the events of the pilot were explained in greater (?) detail, then you, my friend, are in for a treat in Micol Ostow’s The Day Before: A Prequel Novel! Fizzier and frothier than a freshly shaken bottle of Topo Chico, this book lets you spend time with all your favorite Riverdale characters from Archie’s gang: Jughead, Veronica, Dilton Doiley … Archie’s dad … Betty in full Nancy Drew mode … Also Archie is in this book.

Possibly our most digressive episode ever, we go deep (again) on “Steal My Sunshine” but by the end you and Andrea True will BOTH be calling for “More, more, more!” We guarantee it.


  • Play More Pokémon
  • Be Friends with People in the Party Pit!
  • The Plot Against Common Sense, by Future of the Left
  • Sorry, everybody: Clsn is a dummy and lost his notes while recording: what he had MEANT to recommend was the incredible, and incredibly intense, new Azar Swan record The Hissing of a Paper Crane, which will annihilate you and goes surprisingly well with Riverdale and that is NOT a diss.  He’ll talk about this next ep.

Music Pairings:

  • Fourth of July” by Galaxie 500
  • “Down by the River” by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  • “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates
  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something