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The Dinner Party | Joshua Ferris | Literary Roadhouse Ep 133

Discussion Notes: The Dinner Party

Find this week’s story here:  The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris

Next week’s story:  The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rated: Clean

Rammy, Gerald and Anais rave about  “The Dinner Party” by Joshua Ferris,which was suggested by former guest Colette Sartor. The three hosts discuss the story’s sharply drawn characters, clever and entertaining dialogue, and plot twist. Rammy and Anais debate the line between a vividly drawn character and melodrama, and Gerald surprises himself by enjoying a story with an ambiguous ending.

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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19

Discussion Notes: Here Comes the Sun

In August we read Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

Next month we will read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Rated: Explicit

This week the bookclub makes due with just Gerald and Anais! In spite of scheduling conflicts and the hurricane in Hawaii, the discussion  went on! Our two hosts tackle Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn and grapple with the shades of darkness in this beautifully written novel that dwells on difficult and heavy themes. Through discussion, Gerald and Anais tease apart the plot from the themes and discover the moments they enjoyed most, and the moments that left them bewildered.

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Stone Mattress | Margaret Atwood | Literary Roadhouse Ep 132

Discussion Notes: Stone Mattress

Find this week’s story here: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Next week’s story:  The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris

Rated: Clean

This week all four Literary Roadhouse hosts gushed about this superbly sharp and entertaining short story by Margaret Atwood. “Stone Mattress” inspired an in-depth discussion of excellent prose, characterizations and symbolism. The conversation turns contentious as the hosts debate the moral character of the protagonist’s former husbands.

Come for the discussion, stay for a blooper reel at the very end.

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Christmas Party | Russell Banks | Literary Roadhouse Ep 131

Discussion Notes: Christmas Party

Find this week’s story here: Christmas Party by Russell Banks

Next week’s story: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Rated: Clean

Baylee Annis, Assistant to the Director at the Adirondack Center for Writing

Baylee Annis, Assistant to the Director at the Adirondack Center for Writing

This week Gerald, Rammy, and Anais are joined by Baylee Annis, Assistant to the Director of the Adirondack Center for Writing.  She is poet, essayist, journalist, and loves talking about words so much she made it her job to pass on her passion to others. She studied at Norwich University in Vermont and was one of a whopping two students who studied english, education, and sociology. An Adirondack native, she hasn’t had electricity or running water for three years in her adorable 128 sq ft house, and would have it no other way.

You can learn more about the Adirondack Center for Writing at adirondackcenterforwriting.org

The show quickly became a love fest! All four hosts gushed over the brilliant characters, prose, and plot of this classic Russell Banks short story. Baylee brought her Adirondack native experience to the conversation, commenting on how the community was one more character in the story. Meanwhile, Rammy and Anais debate why the protagonist briefly contemplated kidnapping a baby.

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Landfill | Joyce Carol Oates | Literary Roadhouse Ep 130

Discussion Notes: Landfill

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

Next week’s story: Christmas Party by Russell Banks

Rated: Clean Language, Sensitive Topic

Gerald, Maya and Anais discuss Landfill by Joyce Carol Oates. They struggle to discuss a story that too closely resembles a real life tragedy while painting an insensitive picture of the victim. For this reason, the story quickly became controversial after publication in 2006, and has raised ethical questions from literary critics.

Among those critical voices is Amardeep Singh’s, an Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, and Anais’s former professor. We highly recommend you read his critique at his blog.  If you enjoyed Professor Singh’s critique, consider subscribing to his blog Electrostani.

We also apologize for the audio issues we experienced this week. We’re still an indie podcast and your contributions on Patreon go a long way in helping up cover or expenses and smooth out our production.

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Sal Wants to Sleep | Serena Johe | Literary Roadhouse Ep 129

Discussion Notes: Sal Wants to Sleep

Find this week’s story here: Sal Wants to Sleep by Serena Johe

Next week’s story: Landfill by Joyce Carol Oates

Rated: Clean Language, Discussion of Suicide

Gerald, Maya and Anais discuss Sal Wants to Sleep by Serena Johe, a short story about a man named Sal who, as the title suggests, cannot sleep. Our hosts are divided in their opinions. On the positive end of the spectrum, Anais gives the most enthusiastic endorsement of this story, while Maya provides a more nuanced critique. The discussion touches on character, pace, theme, and veers into the question of euthanasia.

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That Evening Sun | William Faulkner | Literary Roadhouse Ep 128

Discussion Notes: That Evening Sun

Find this week’s story here: That Evening Sun by William Faulkner

Next week’s story: Sal Wants to Sleep by Serena Johe

Rated: Explicit (clean language, adult themes)

This week the Literary Roadhouse hosts are joined by longtime listener

Richard Dennis, writer

Richard Dennis, writer

Richard Dennis. He is a retired corporate attorney who now lives and writes in northern Washington State. His short story “The Most Wanted” appears in the Winter 2018 edition of the literary journal Euphony. Previously, his story “Request for Reconsideration” appeared in the literary journal The Milo Review. Richard has studied with the Writers Studio Workshops and is currently working on his first novel.  

Richard recommended that Literary Roadhouse finally get around to reading Faulkner, dangit! And our regular hosts couldn’t be more grateful for his recommendation of “That Evening Sun.” This story’s unapologetic and poignant critique on racism in the American South fueled a lively conversation that could have gone on for hours.

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Interview with Richard

Anais sat down with Richard to discuss his writing and career shift from corporate lawyer to fiction author.  The interview is available to our patrons on Patreon.  

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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18

Discussion Notes: Reservoir 13

In July we read Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.

Next month we will read Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Rated: Clean

Erika Liodice, author.

Erika Liodice, author.

Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor challenges reader expectations by subverting mystery tropes and dwelling on the aftermath of a disappearance, such as it may be.

Gerald, Maya and Anais were joined by Erika Liodice. She is the author of Empty Arms: A Novel as well as the new children’s book series High Flyers: Rookie of the Year

Erika pens “The Indie Way” column on the popular fiction writing website, Writer Unboxed, and is a contributor to Author In Progress, the Writer Unboxed team’s first anthology.

To learn more about Erika and her work, visit erikaliodice.com.

Interview with Erika

Anais sat down with Erika to discuss her novel which is also focused on a missing girl of sorts, and to discuss her more recent adventures in writing children’s books and racing pigeons. Yes, really, racing real pigeons. The interview is available to our patrons on Patreon.  

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William and Mary | Roald Dahl | Literary Roadhouse Ep 127

Discussion Notes: William and Mary

Find this week’s story here: William and Mary by Roald Dahl

Next week’s story: That Evening Sun by William Faulkner

Rated: Clean

This week Gerald, Rammy and Anais discuss Roald Dahl’s short story “William and Mary.” This story’s unexpected turn toward horror and revenge thrilled all three hosts. In addition to discussing character, prose and plot, the hosts discussed whether or not they would undergo William’s procedure in death, and discuss longevity and ego.

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Defender of the Faith | Philip Roth | Literary Roadhouse Ep 126

Discussion Notes: Defender of the Faith

Find this week’s story here: Defender of the Faith by Philip Roth

Next week’s story: William and Mary by Roald Dahl

Rated: Clean

This week the Literary Roadhouse hosts discuss Philip Roth’s short story “Defender of the Faith.” The story succeeded in uniting the hosts’ opinions. The no-frills story captivated Maya, Rammy, and Anais, and leads to a discussion of how Philip Roth portrays Jewish people and the controversies that surrounded his characterizations.

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