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And It Is My Fault | Janet Towle | Literary Roadhouse Ep 92

Discussion Notes: And It Is My Fault

Find this week’s story here: And It Is My Fault by Janet Towle.

Next week’s story: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov.

Rated: Clean Language on the Podcast, Adult Themes in the Story

Gerald, Maya, and Anais discuss Carves Magazine’s Raymond Carver Contest, Fall 2016 Winner, “And It Is My Fault” by Janet Towle.  The story lured in all three hosts with its beautiful language and three dimensional characters. However, the ending stumped our hosts and left them feeling somewhere between puzzled and hungry for more.

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The Goophered Grapevine | Charles W. Chesnutt | Literary Roadhouse Ep 91

Discussion Notes: The Goophered Grapevine

Find this week’s story here: The Goophered Grapevine by Charles W. Chesnutt.

Next week’s story: And It Is My Fault by Janet Towle.

Rated: Explicit.

Our hosts discuss a short story classic from The Atlantic, The Goophered Grapevine by Charles W. Chesnutt. Gerald, Rammy, and Anais could not stand the dialect used to tell the bulk of the story, and Maya valiantly defended the use of such dialect as best she could. While Maya herself admits the dialect is a distraction, she wondered if it served as a preservation of a long gone diction. Perhaps following the old adage ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’, Rammy and Gerald were unusually quiet on this episode. And finally, the hosts do dissect the representation of black spirituality in fiction, and how author’s intentions color their reception of an author’s work.

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Herding Vegetable Sheep | Ekaterina Sedia | Literary Roadhouse Ep 90

Discussion Notes: Herding Vegetable Sheep

Find this week’s story here: Herding Vegetable Sheep by Ekaterina Sedia.

Next week’s story: The Goophered Grapevine by Charles W. Chesnutt.

Rated: Clean.

Our hosts discuss Herding Vegetable Sheep by Ekaterina Sedia. Rammy couldn’t join us this week, and thus Gerald is left alone to defend this story we quite enjoyed from the critics: Maya and Anais. Although the ladies didn’t like the story as much as Gerald did, they liked some pieces of, but couldn’t agree on which parts. Maya enjoyed some of the hyper-detail oriented descriptions, but felt the prose lacked rhythm. While Anais felt the story touched on too many themes without exploring any one in enough depth. Gerald disagreed on all fronts, giving the score high marks and defending it as best he could.

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The Last Question | Isaac Asimov | Literary Roadhouse Ep 89

Discussion Notes: The Last Question

Find this week’s story here: The Last Question by Isaac Asimov.

Next week’s story: Herding Vegetable Sheep by Ekaterina Sedia.

Rated: Clean.

This week our hosts discuss The Last Question by Isaac Asimov. From the beginning, Rammy and Anais loved this story and could hardly contain their excitement. Gerald started lukewarm and slowly grew to love the story as well, particularly for the subtle and clever ways that humans the Mulivac evolve over time. Meanwhile Maya could concede that the story’s twist ending was satisfying, but the lack of deep characterizations were not. Bad news for Maya, however, as Anais’s love of the story and Asimov’s ideas means that she’ll try to get more Asimov on the show. Poor Maya!

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The Street | H. P. Lovecraft | Literary Roadhouse Ep 88

Discussion Notes: The Street

Find this week’s story here: The Street by H. P. Lovecraft.

Next week’s story: The Last Question by Isaac Asimov.

Rated: Clean.

This week our hosts discuss H. P. Lovecraft’s The Street, a departure from Lovecraft’s infamous alien horrors. The Street’s a supernatural story dripping with a xenophobic political message. Unable to accept the politics, all four hosts struggled with how to criticize the story. Maya focused on the language and did her best to separate the art from the artist. Rammy and Anais rejected that approach on the premise that the art itself is the vehicle for politics they couldn’t support. Meanwhile, Gerald tried to follow in Maya’s footsteps, but couldn’t quite look past the story’s racism. Despite these difficulties, the hosts manage to analyze the language and craft and enjoy a fun alien personality quiz at the end.

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White Light | Vanessa Garcia | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 12

Discussion Notes: White Light

Next month’s novel: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Rated: Explicit themes and language

On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, and Maya gush over this literary novel that delves into the artistic process, loss, body image, and relationships, both romantic and familial.

The hosts analyze the novel’s characters, themes, motifs, and framing devices. All three hosts were impressed with the way traditional and visual art is threaded throughout the novel to highlight emotional beats and themes. In particular, Maya loved the poetics and raw craft. As for Anais, the astute renderings of fictional characters so they resembled people she'[s encountered in life was hair raising. Meanwhile, Gerald fawned about the depth of the themes which lurked beneath a simple plot.

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All the Assholes in the World and Mine | Charles Bukowski | Literary Roadhouse Ep 87

Discussion Notes: All the Assholes in the World and Mine

Find this week’s story here: All the Assholes in the World and Mine by Charles Bukowski.

Next week’s story: The Street by H. P. Lovecraft.

Rated: Explicit.

This week our hosts discuss Charles Bukowski’s short story about an alcoholic who is diagnosed with hemorrhoids and undergoes surgery. The story divides the hosts. Rammy hates the story and breaks podcast rating convention. Meanwhile, Gerald does his best to find something positive to say about a story he finds distasteful without merit or message. On the ladies’ side, Maya enthusiastically embraces the story’s vulgarity for its honesty. In Anais’s opinion, the vulgarity has pros and cons which she explores in the discussion.

Stay tuned for a side-splitting quiz about…. you guessed it!

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Wildwood | Junot Diaz | Literary Roadhouse Ep 86

Discussion Notes: Wildwood

Find this week’s story here: Wildwood by Junot Diaz.

Next week’s story: All the Assholes in the World and Mine by Charles Bukowski.

Rated: Explicit.

This week our hosts discuss Wildwood by Junot Diaz, a short story that fits into Diaz’s novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Having read the novel, Maya and Anais understood the greater context that forms the emotional universe of the narrator’s relationship with her mother. Because Gerald and Rammy did not read the novel, they were at times bewildered by the mother’s over the top caustic personality. Rammy noted that the short story felt as though it had a lot of loose ends. As for Gerald, the language and vividness of the characters saved the story from itself.

Maya and Anais were both impressed with Junot Diaz’s ability to write nuanced women who felt real. For that reason, the story prompted a great discussion of mother-daughter relationships and female competition.

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It Had To Be Murder | Cornell Woolrich | Literary Roadhouse Ep 85

Discussion Notes: It Had To Be Murder

Find this week’s story here: It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich.

Next week’s story: Wildwood by Junot Diaz.

Rated: Clean.

This week all four hosts were disappointed to discover that the story behind the movie Rear Window didn’t pack as much punch as the movie. The movie is better than the literature? Is that a reader cardinal sin to say? Anais found the story a bit too obviously sign-posted in some places, and confusing in others. Meanwhile, Gerald did not appreciate the adverb laden prose. As for Rammy, the lack of tension in the climax was a disappointment. While Maya agreed with these critiques, she still enjoyed the story for what it is: a cozy murder mystery.

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Mastiff | Joyce Carol Oates | Literary Roadhouse Ep 84

Discussion Notes: Mastiff

Find this week’s story here: Mastiff by Joyce Carol Oates.

Next week’s story: It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich.

Rated: Clean.

This week Gerald and Anais strongly disliked the story, while Rammy had lukewarm feelings. Thus, poor Maya was left all alone to defend the brilliance of this story! For Anais, the narrates personality grated her and provided to redeeming qualities as a balm. Meanwhile, Gerald found the prose a bit too sparse. In defense of the story, Rammy pointed to a few effective descriptions which elicited emotional responses. Maya, the strongest champion of the story, believed that the very things which annoyed Gerald and Anais were intentional and part of the story’s greater theme.

Did Maya manage to convince?

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