Weekly Short Stories

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

Ep 182: The Zero Meter Diving Team by Jim Shepard

Discussion Notes: The Zero Meter Diving Team

This week’s story: The Zero Meter Diving Team by Jim Shepard 

Next week’s story: Out There by Kate Folk 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Zero Meter Diving Team” by Jim Shepard, a story which parallels the power dynamics of a Russian family with the Chernobyl disaster they experienced. Please excuse the ongoing references to HBO’s Chernobyl series. Anais and Gerald had both recently watched it before reading this story.

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Ep 181: With The Beatles by Haruki Murakami

Discussion Notes: With The Beatles

This week’s story: With the Beatles by Haruki Murakami 

Next week’s story: Zero Meter Diving by Jim Shepard 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “With the Beatles” by Haruki Murakami. This melancholy story is about a man who remembers two young women from his younger days. Our hosts grappled with the meaning but it eluded them.

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Ep 180: Mandatory Carry by Caleb March

Discussion Notes: Mandatory Carry

This week’s story: Mandatory Carry by Caleb March 

Next week’s story: With the Beatles by Haruki Murakami 

Rated: Clean

In “Mandatory Carry” by Caleb March, every citizen must own a gun, carry it with them on all times, and intervene during crimes. Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss the social commentary and plot of the story, and how the latter carries the former  though they disagree on the motivations that drove a major plot point!

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Ep 179: Freyr by Tommy Orange

Discussion Notes: Freyr

This week’s story: Freyr by Tommy Orange

Next week’s story: Mandatory Carry by Caleb March

Rated: Explicit

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Freyr” by Tommy Orange. In this story, two men bond over their individual physical deformities. One wears his on his face, the other secretly under his shirt! Anais, Gerald, and Andy all highly rated this one, giving it 6 out of 6 Bradberries. Wow!

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Ep 178: The Curfew by Roddy Doyle

Discussion Notes: The Curfew

This week’s story: The Curfew by Roddy Doyle 

Next week’s story: Freyr by Tommy Orange

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Curfew” by Roddy Doyle, a story of an aging man in Dublin who anticipates an approaching hurricane with surprising eagerness. The story was a rare sensation with all three hosts who were bursting with praise for this beautifully spun tale about aging and late-life reflections.

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Ep 177: The Rabbit Matchmakers by Andrew Phillips

Discussion Notes: The Rabbit Matchmakers

This week’s story: The Rabbit Matchmakers by Andrew Phillips 

Next week’s story: The Curfew by Roddy Doyle 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Rabbit Matchmakers” by Andrew Phillips, a story of a sensitive boy, his late grandfather’s pet rabbit, and the secrets of his grandfather’s tall-tale life. Gerald and Andy were quite disappointed with the story, but Anais enjoyed it. Despite differences of opinions on what the story is about, the three hosts engage in spirited discussion about the well-drawn characters.

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Ep 176: The Enchanted Forest by Brian Crawford

Discussion Notes: The Enchanted Forest

This week’s story: The Enchanted Forest by Brian Crawford

Next week’s story: The Rabbit Matchmakers by Andrew Phillips

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Enchanted Forest” by Brian Crawford and have wildly different reactions to this tale of two brothers who fight forest fires. Andy and Anais were disappointed with the emotional arc of the story, even as they acknowledged the professional quality of the story that was clearly written by an expert. Gerald more thoroughly enjoyed the story and defends it valiantly. 

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Ep 175: The Wreck at Goat’s Head by Alexandra Manglis

Discussion Notes: The Wreck at Goat’s Head

This week’s story: The Wreck at Goat’s Head by Alexandra Manglis

Next week’s story: The Enchanted Forest by Brian Crawford

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Wreck at Goat’s Head” by Alexandra Manglis, which was recommended by last our previous episode’s guest, Carina Saxon. The story captivated all three hosts with its mysterious prose, alluring magical realism, vivid imagery, and ghostly apparitions. They discuss themes of feminine power, matriarchal lines, and the tradition.

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Ep 174: The Effluent Engine by N.K. Jemisin

Discussion Notes: The Effluent Engine

This week’s story: The Effluent Engine by N.K. Jemisin

Next week’s story: The Wreck at Goat’s Head by Alexandra Manglis

Rated: Clean

This week we welcome Carina Saxon to the podcast to discuss “The Effluent Engine” by N. K. Jemisin

Carina is a content writer. She formerly a Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington, where she taught “The Effluent Engine” to over 100 undergraduate students. She holds a Master in Victorian Literature from Indiana University.

Carina joined Gerald, Andy and Anais to discuss N.K. Jemisin’s novella-length steampunk, historical fiction, spy thriller. Beneath the flashy and entertaining plot there are nuanced themes pertaining to racism, sexism, and freedom.

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Ep 173: Enid & Floyd & the Moon by Jeanne Shoemaker

Discussion Notes: Enid & Floyd & the Moon

This week’s story: Enid & Floyd & the Moon by Jeanne Shoemaker

Next week’s story: The Effluent Engine by N.K. Jemisin

Rated: Clean

This week we welcome Caitlin Hamilton Summie to the podcast to discuss a story she recommends: “Enid & Floyd & the Moon” by Jeanne Shoemaker.

Author Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Author Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Caitlin is the author of the short story collection To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts. The book won the the Phillip J McMath Postpublication award from the University of Central Arkansas, and won Silver in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Short Stories. Caitlin earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003. Find her online at Caitlinhamiltonsummie.com and on Twitter @csummie

Caitlin joined Gerald and Anais to discuss a charming story about an elderly couple that is still very much in love. Their life is beset by tragedy and poverty, but the two aging lovebirds stay focused on each other. The story stirred a little fear in Gerald who could perhaps identify a little bit with the characters.

Andy could not join us for this recording this week, but he recorded a two minute riff of his opinion, which is appended at the end of the episode. He also visits us in the Youtube Live comment section during recording to josh us, as is his way. 

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