What do you call a rom-com that isn’t funny and ends with the main character alone? Love Monkey by Kyle Smith is at least one of the possible answers to that question. We’re joined by the terrific Maura Johnston to talk about living, loving, and working in New York’s media scene in 2001, as presented […]Read more "095 — Love Monkey (w/ Maura Johnston)"
The nights lengthen, the days grow colder, and our allotted days slough away — but, on the plus side, we welcome the world’s best sportswriter, David J. Roth, to endure the 252 pages of book-like object The Boz, Confessions of a Modern Anti-Hero, attributed to (or perhaps simply blamed on) Brian “The Boz” Bosworth and […]Read more "094 — The Boz, Confessions of a Modern Anti-Hero (w/ David J. Roth)"
Things get savage in the garden as we enjoy one of the best versions yet of the MORE OR LESS INNOCUOUS FAUNA ARE COMING FOR YOU genre with Shaun Hutson’s Slugs. A nasty bit of work that runs the gamut from gory to incredibly gross, Slugs answers the eternal question “What if you gave a […]Read more "093 — Slugs"
Grab your Dio tape and tug your jerkin into place, because it’s time to get extremely barbaric with Robert Aspirin’s sword and farcery romp Myth Conceptions — and, best of all, we’re joined by Dan Boeckner, of Wolf Parade, Operators, and others! Eat your heart out as we rock through a book that has more […]Read more "092 — Myth Conceptions (w/ Dan Boeckner)"
Take your broken wing(s) and learn to fly again, not with Mr. Mister but with Mr. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Mr. Richard Bach, in close formation with your friends Messrs. Friedman J.W. and Collsion Chris. This episode is certain to crack you up, as we scramble to lay out the metaphysical scheme Bach hatches for […]Read more "091 — Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
Collin Yost’s A Shot of Whiskey and a Kiss You’ll Regret in the Morning is the book that made Marianne Moore write “I, too, dislike it” about poetry; it’s the book that made the rock-and-roll clown from Metalocalypse say “man, this guy talks about cocaine a lot”; it’s by a writer who undoubtedly has made […]Read more "090 — A Shot of Whiskey and a Kiss You’ll Regret in the Morning"
By a writer who thinks he’s hot shit (but is actually just a cold turkey), it’s A Million Little Pieces, James Frey’s fake memoir slash terrible novel. Lauren Parker drops by to help us get through what may be the worst book we’ve ever read, full of Man Pain, capitalized Nouns, and long passages about […]Read more "089 — A Million Little Pieces (w/ Lauren Parker)"
Worlds of Power No. 1: Blaster Master: a strange artifact, here, not as clumsy or random as fanfic, an elegant read from a more civilized age. Yes, what we have here is a novelization … of a video game … meant for children. But, due to one host’s long-standing relationship with the work, we break […]Read more "088 — Worlds of Power No. 1: Blaster Master"
Because sometimes there’s a man, we won’t say a hero, but what is a hero, anyway, who can take skycabs down the mean streets without himself becoming mean, because sometimes we need a hero, are holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night, but we don’t need another hero, it’s time for […]Read more "087 — TekLab (TekWar Series Book 3)"
From the mind of Rush Limbaugh and four of his closest corporate lackeys comes Rush Revere and the American Revolution, a book in his “Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans” series; from across the pond, Kefin Mahon joins us to learn some American history from a book best described as “What if Ms. Frizzle was […]Read more "086 — Rush Revere and the American Revolution (w/ Kefin Mahon)"