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Ep 204: The Hunter’s Wife

Discussion Notes: The Hunter’s Wife

This week’s story: The Hunter’s Wife by Anthony Doerr 

Next week’s story: The Paper Tiger by Lindsay Kennedy 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Hunter’s Wife” by Anthony Doerr, a story of a Montana hunter and his estranged, magically gifted wife. All three hosts heaped a ton of praise on this flawless story. Six out six ratings across the board. The discussion may have suffered due to all the fawning, but for aspiring writers, the fawning may prove instructive.

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Ep 203: Every Tiny Tooth and Claw

Discussion Notes: Every Tiny Tooth and Claw

This week’s story: Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate) by Marissa Lingen 

Next week’s story: The Hunter’s Wife by Anthony Doerr 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate)” by Marissa Lingen, a epistolary story of academic wizards trying to survive the rise of a fascist regime. The story prompted a deep discussion of the fantasy genre, the short story format, world building, and magic systems.

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Ep 202: The Daughters of the Moon

Discussion Notes: The Daughters of the Moon

This week’s story: The Daughters of the Moon – Italo Calvino – Literary Roadhouse Ep 202 

Next week’s story: Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate) by Marissa Lingen 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Daughters of the Moon” by Italo Calvino, a story of a consumerist society in a city that lived long ago in a different world. No longer charmed by the aging moon, they throw it in a junkyard, and it’s up to the daughters of the Moon to restore her. 

It’s a fanciful story told in a light but insightful tone. Listen for a heated argument between Andy and Anais about the nature of sentient, car-driving mammoths!

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Ep 201: The Land Where Lemon Trees Bloom

Discussion Notes: The Land Where Lemon Trees Bloom

This week’s story: The Land Where Lemon Trees Bloom by Evan S. Connell 

Next week’s story: The Daughters of the Moon by Italo Calvino 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Land Where Lemon Trees Bloom” by Evan S. Connell, a story of a man who tells delightful, tall tales. The story charmed our hosts, but was the premise enough to win them over? 

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Ep 200: Callme and Mink

Discussion Notes: Callme and Mink

This week’s story: Callme and Mink by Brenda Cooper 

Next week’s story: The Land Where Lemon Trees Bloom by Evan S. Connell 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Callme and Mink” by Brenda Cooper, a story about attachments, centered on a robot whose prime directive is to raise and give away dogs.

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Ep 199: The Great Indian Tee and Snakes

Discussion Notes: The Great Indian Tee and Snakes

This week’s story: The Great Indian Tee and Snakes by Kritika Pandey 

Next week’s story: Callme and Mink by Brenda Cooper 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Great Indian Tee and Snakes” by Kritika Pandey. The story divided our hosts, with Gerald and Anais loving the story and Andy wanting a little more emotional contouring. Nonetheless, the story prompted a lengthy and deep discussion, and forced our hosts to study the current political landscape in India more closely. That’s always a win.

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Ep 198: Rough Deeds

Discussion Notes: Rough Deeds

This week’s story: Rough Deeds by Annie Proulx 

Next week’s story: The Great Indian Tee and Snakes by Kritika Pandey 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Rough Deeds” by Annie Proulx, a vivid story about mafioso lumbermen in 1712’s New France. Proulx’s prose and plot captivates all three hosts who are positively giddy as they discuss this dark tale of a man’s greed and pride.

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Ep 197: Flashlight

Discussion Notes: Flashlight

This week’s story: Flashlight by Susan Choi 

Next week’s story: Rough Deeds by Annie Proulx 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Flashlight” by Susan Choi, a richly layered story of a girl haunted by the early death of her father, resentful of her mother’s illness, and longing for an adult to identify and provide what she needs. The simple short story provides plenty of fat to chew on, and all three hosts dig in to the plot, characterization, motifs, and clues.

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Ep 196: Sweet Scoundrel

Discussion Notes: Sweet Scoundrel

This week’s story: Sweet Scoundrel by Diana Xin

Next week’s story: Flashlight by Susan Choi

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Sweet Scoundrel” by Diana Xin, a slyly written story of a mistress, a pregnancy, a would-be older sister, and a marriage that straddles cultures and countries. Right from the start, our hosts dig deep into the character and plot because this story provides plenty of fat to chew on.

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Ep 195: The Library of Babel

Discussion Notes: The Library of Babel

This week’s story: The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges 

Next week’s story: Sweet Scoundrel by Diana Xin 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss the classic short story “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges. In it, Borges imagines a universe in the form of a regimented library that contains all possible books of a certain format and character set. 

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