Weekly Short Stories

Each week The Literary Roadhouse podcast hosts deeply read and discuss one short story.

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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Ep 194: Silverfish by Christina Perez Brubaker

Discussion Notes: Silverfish

This week’s story: Silverfish by Christina Perez Brubaker 

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

Rated: Explicit

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Silverfish” by Christina Perez Brubaker, a story of a failing marriage between two flawed characters. It delights in its examination of the petty things unhappy and flawed people can do, and the private machinations of marital subterfuge.

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Ep 193: Suffering in Motion by McKenna Marsden

Discussion Notes: Suffering in Motion

This week’s story: Suffering in Motion by McKenna Marsden 

Next week’s story: Silverfish by Christina Perez Brubaker 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Suffering in Motion” by McKenna Marsden, a story of gender identity, transition and relationships centered around a  passionate marathon runner. 

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Ep 192: Chemical Bonds by Neema Avashia

Discussion Notes: Chemical Bonds

This week’s story: Chemical Bonds by Neema Avashia 

Next week’s story: Suffering in Motion by McKenna Marsden 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Chemical Bonds” by Neema Avashia, an auto-biographical story about the political divide between immigrant parents and their American-born daughter. While this podcast typically focuses on fiction, reading non-fiction was a happy accident. A bit of a departure from our normal show, “Chemical Bonds” sparked an interesting discussion that led Anais and Andy to reflect on their own immigrant families. 

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Ep 191: Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami

Discussion Notes: The Rabbit Matchmakers

This week’s story: Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami 

Next week’s story: Chemical Bonds by Neema Avashia 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey” by Haruki Murakami, a story of talking monkey who works an honest job and pines for lost loves from afar. If you’re looking for meaning, listen to this podcast to relieve yourself of such a weighty burden! This story is light, charming, and a wonderful break from the heavy-hearted and forlorn.

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Ep 190: Agashi by AC Koch

Discussion Notes: Agashi

This week’s story: Agashi by AC Koch 

Next week’s story: Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey by Haruki Murakami 

Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Agahsi” by AC Koch, a story two ex-pat English teachers in Hong Kong sent to South Korea by their boss. Their mission carries questionable morals, and the two men have very different responses.  Our hosts also have very different responses to the story, and debate the ethics and story alike.

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Ep 189: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror by Carmen Maria Machado

Discussion Notes: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror

This week’s story: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror by Carmen Maria Machado 

Next week’s story: Agashi by AC Koch 

Rated: Explicit!

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror” by Carmen Maria Machado, a story that pays an homage to the Grand Guignol tradition and delivers the horror, sex, and shock! All three hosts tip their hats to this masterfully crafted story, but can all three look past their squeamishness?

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Ep 188: The Afterlife by Jonathan Lethem

Discussion Notes: The Afterlife

This week’s story: The Afterlife by Jonathan Lethem 

Next week’s story: The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Afterlife” by Jonathan Lethem. Having made it to the afterlife by bus, main character “R” is repeatedly disappointed by everyone and everything he encounters. If this former sculptor can’t find deeper meaning in the visions of the afterlife, can we? 

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Ep 187: The Smart House of Mrs O by Lincoln Michel

The Smart House of Mrs O by Lincoln Michel

This week’s story: The Smart House of Mrs O by Lincoln Michel 

Next week’s story: The Afterlife by Jonathan Lethem 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The The Smart House of Mrs O” by Lincoln Michel. The haunting story of a widow who uses her husbands body parts in home improvement work. But their love was so true…can you blame her for wanting to hold on? Some of us can!

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