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Ep 218: The Theresa Job

Discussion Notes: The Theresa Job

This week’s story: The Theresa Job by Colson Whitehead 

Next week’s story: No One Here Is Going To Save You by Julian Zabalbeascoa 

Rated: Clean Themes, Explicit Language (Host drops an ‘f’ bomb 😔 )

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Theresa Job” by Colson Whitehead, a story of a hotel heist in 1950s New York City, centered on a reluctant fence. Gerald and Andy had a love-hate relationship with the story due to its abrupt ending. Anais does her best to help them see the ending through a different lens.

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Ep 217: The City Born Great

Discussion Notes: The City Born Great

This week’s story: The City Born Great by N. K. Jemisin 

Next week’s story: The Theresa Job by Colson Whitehead 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The City Born Great” by N. K. Jemisin, an urban fantasy about a young New Yorker called upon to midwife the birth of a great city and fend off the eldritch hospitals that would feed on the newborn. All three hosts enjoyed the story — even Andy who might have preferred if the city were Chicago. 

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Ep 216: The Specialist’s Hat

Discussion Notes: The Specialist’s Hat

This week’s story: The Specialist’s Hat by Kelly Link 

Next week’s story: The City Born Great by N. K. Jemisin 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Specialist’s Hat” by Kelly Link, a story about twin girls who move into the gothic home of a former poet who dabbled in the dark arts and killed his wife. Despite a lot of debate on this podcast, our hosts ended up giving this spooky, clever story similar ratings.

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Ep 215: Foster

Discussion Notes: Foster

This week’s story: Foster by Bryan Washington 

Next week’s story: The Specialist’s Hat by Kelly Link 

Rated: EXPLICIT

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Foster” by Bryan Washington, a story of a man estranged from his brother, struggling with his boyfriend, and refusing to name a cat. The story is explicit and so is this episode. The explicit nature of the story was a bit of a turn off for Gerald, but all three hosts enjoyed digging deep into this iceberg of a story. Scratch beneath the story, and there’s a lot to chew on.

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Ep 214: The Interlopers

Discussion Notes: The Interlopers

This week’s story: The Interlopers by H. H. Munro 

Next week’s story: Foster by Bryan Washington 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Interlopers” by H. H. Munro (SAKI), a story of a long-running family dispute over wild lands that comes to a head when two men from either side are trapped beneath the same felled tree. In a surprising twist, the story reads like a dark comedy. All three hosts thoroughly enjoyed the story as much as they enjoyed saying “Wolves!”

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Ep 213: Hot Ice

Discussion Notes: Hot Ice

This week’s story: Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek 

Next week’s story: The Interlopers by H.H. Munro (SAKI) 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Hot Ice” by Stuart Dybek, a Chicago native who brings the mid-century societal changes to life with the myth of a local saint. Andy identified with the story which struck true to his upbringing in Chicago.

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Ep 212: The Case For and Against Love Potions

Discussion Notes: The Case For and Against Love Potions

This week’s story: The Case for and Against Love Potions by Imbolo Mbue 

Next week’s story: Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Case for and Against Love Potions” by Imbolo Mbue , a story told by an over confident narrator to you, a person seeking advice on whether or not to use love potions. It is a very funny and subtle satire. The subtlety  unsettled Gerald and Anais who worried it could go over some readers’ heads for ill. This anxiety prompted a discussion on whether or not it’s the author’s job to account for that in their writing.

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Ep 211: Objects in Space

Discussion Notes: Objects in Space

This week’s story: Objects in Space by Emily Davis 

Next week’s story: The Case for and Against Love Potions by Imbolo Mbue 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Objects in Space” by Emily Davis, a story of a young New York woman who heads west in search of clarity. Despite a consensus on the story’s merits, the story left our hosts wanting more.

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Ep 210: The Husband Stitch

Discussion Notes: The Husband Stitch

This week’s story: The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado 

Next week’s story: Objects in Space by Emily Davis 

Rated: Explicit

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado, a haunting story of a woman’s life, interspersed with fairytales about womanhood. All three hosts marveled at the brilliance of the story’s composition. As Anais repeated several times in this episode, this story is “next level.” 

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Ep 209: A Challenge You Have Overcome

Discussion Notes: A Challenge You Have Overcome

This week’s story: A Challenge You Have Overcome by Allegra Goodman 

Next week’s story: The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “A Challenge You Have Overcome” by Allegra Goodman, a story about an older couple who feel stuck in their careers and whose youngest son is applying to colleges. Our hosts discuss the story’s strong start and how it deviated from their expectations, for better or worse. 

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