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The Swimmer | John Cheever | Literary Roadhouse Ep 99

Discussion Notes: The Swimmer

Find this week’s story here: The Swimmer by John Cheever.

Next week’s story: The 100th Episode! We’re revisiting The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin.

Rated: Clean

Maya couldn’t join us this week, but never fear, Gerald, Rammy, and Anais tackle John Cheever’s classic short story The Swimmer. While Gerald and Anais enjoyed the broad commentary on suburban and married life, Rammy hoped for more specifics on The Swimmer missteps to better understand the downturn in his fortunes. When it comes to prose, our hosts remark on Cheever’s skill in maintain a mystery without frustrating the reader and touching on dark themes while keeping the tone light.

Next week we celebrate out 100th episode! We’re going to re-examine the first short story we’ve ever discussed on the show!

Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below!

Also, don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate this story? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail.

Lastly, your reviews on iTunes help us grow. Please search Literary Roadhouse in iTunes and leave reviews for all of our shows.

Man From the South | Roald Dahl | Literary Roadhouse Ep 98

Discussion Notes: Man From the South

Find this week’s story here: Man From the South by Roald Dahl.

Next week’s story: The Swimmer by John Cheever.

Rated: Clean

Maya, Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss the strange wager at the center of Roald Dahl’s Man From the South. This very short story entertained all four hosts, but Maya in particular hoped for more depth. Meanwhile, Anais loved the tension, Gerald enjoyed some inspired descriptions, and Rammy loved the twist ending.

The bizarre bet in the story inspired Rammy to look up more weird bets and quiz his fellow hosts on what he found. Among the things he found is a strange bet involving Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. Click here for that full story on CNN.

Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below!

Also, don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate this story? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail.

Lastly, your reviews on iTunes help us grow. Please search Literary Roadhouse in iTunes and leave reviews for all of our shows.

Kilifi Creek | Lionel Shriver | Literary Roadhouse Ep 97

Discussion Notes: Kilifi Creek

Find this week’s story here: Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver.

Next week’s story: Man From the South by Roald Dahl.

Rated: Clean

The week Maya couldn’t join us, but Gerald, Rammy, and Anais tackle Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver, the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award.While Gerald struggled to see the point of the story, Rammy and Anais enjoyed the nuggets of truth and commentary about Western youths traveling abroad in developing nations, and the frank portrayal of youthful self-absorption. Still, all three hosts agreed that the story’s exploration of the suddenness and randomness of death could have gone a little deeper. Poor Rammy, he wanted a happy ending.

Stay tuned after the discussion for an audio version of Animal Face-off: Lion v. Elephant!

This podcast also features the most divisive game of 20 questions you’ve ever heard. Don’t worry, we’re all still friends.

Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below!

Also, don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate this story? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail.

Lastly, your reviews on iTunes help us grow. Please search Literary Roadhouse in iTunes and leave reviews for all of our shows.

Martha, Martha | Zadie Smith | Literary Roadhouse Ep 96

Discussion Notes: Martha, Martha

Find this week’s story here: Martha, Martha by Zadie Smith.

Next week’s story: Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver.

Rated: Clean

The week, Gerald, Maya, Rammy, and Anais discuss Martha, Martha by Zadie Smith, a story which left everyone but Maya initially underwhelmed. While all the hosts agreed that the prose and the characterizations deserved praise, the plot left some guests wanting. However, it turned out that the story served up excellent fodder for discussion. Themes of racism, immigration, and culture underscore every interaction in the short story, drawing a poignant picture of what it means to arrive in America and strive.

This podcast also features the most divisive game of 20 questions you’ve ever heard. Don’t worry, we’re all still friends.

Did we miss a crucial piece of this story? Tell us below!

Also, don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate this story? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail.

Lastly, your reviews on iTunes help us grow. Please search Literary Roadhouse in iTunes and leave reviews for all of our shows.

Episode 10: Season Finale

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 9: Building an Audience

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 8: Audio Software for Podcasters

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 7: Best Mics for Podcasting

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 6: SoundCloud Example

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 5: MixCloud Example

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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