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Chaunt | Joy Williams | Literary Roadhouse Ep 150

Discussion Notes: Chaunt

This week’s story: Chaunt by Joy Williams

Next week’s story: Omakase by Weike Wang

Rated: Clean

We’re a week late! We took off last week to catch up with some back log and work over flow. As our regular listeners know, the hosts you hear on each episode are the entire crew. Gerald and Anais spli the sound editing, and Anais does all the we upkeep, publishing, social media, guest sourcing, etc, etc. We could really use your support us in bringing us great content. At the very least, buy as a cup of coffee every month by subscribing on Patreon and pledging just $3 a month – enough for a coffee! It really adds up and goes a long way.

This week Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Chaunt” by Joy Williams, an eccentric story about grief, extinctions of various kinds, religion, and despair. Despite the heavy theme, the story is funny, hitting the gallows humor right on every note. We loved this story, giving it perfect marks across the board, and highly recommend you read the story too.

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Milkman | Anna Burns | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24

Discussion Notes: Milkman

In January we read Milkman by Anna Burns.

Next month we will read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

Rated: Adult Themes, Clean-ish Language

Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss the 2018 Booker prize winner Milkman by Anna Burns. This challenging book examines gender, tribalism, the power of rumor, shame, and violence during The Troubles of the 1970s in what is presumably Belfast. As many reviewers before us have said, the prose can be difficult to read in long sittings. So we start there, get the complaints out of the way, then dive into all the rich storytelling, insights, and plot tendrils embedded in this breathtaking novel.

We apologize for audio issues. Colette’s professional microphone had to be sent to the manufacturer to be replaced, and in the meantime we rolled the dice on a gaming headset, and the bet didn’t quite pan out, but it’s worth it for her invaluable insights and comments.

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House Taken Over | Julio Cortazar | Literary Roadhouse Ep 149

Discussion Notes: House Taken Over

This week’s story: House Taken Over by Julio Cortázar

Next week’s story: Chaunt by Joy Williams

Rated: Clean

This week we are joined by a guest! Andy Kopczynski, a long time friend of Anais, a hater of literary fiction, and a lover and avid reader of pulpy fantasy and sci-fi. Can we make Andy love literary fiction too?

Find out as Andy, Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss the melancholic ¨House Taken Over¨by Julio Cortázar. A story open to multiple interpretations, and in which the conflict never quite spills over into a proper climax, leaves our regular hosts divided. But what about our reluctant guest?

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The Gift of the Magi | O. Henry | Literary Roadhouse Ep 148

Discussion Notes: The Gift of the Magi

This week’s story:  The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Next week’s story: House Taken Over by Julio Cortázar

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss the classic parable ¨The Gift of the Magi¨by O. Henry. Our podcast typically doesn’t love parables, which Rammy insists on submitting. However, Gerald appreciated the twist and Anais was won over by a quirky narrative style. Truth be told, it was refreshing to read a wholesome story.

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The Adulterous Woman | Albert Camus | Literary Roadhouse Ep 147

Discussion Notes: The Adulterous Woman

This week’s story:  The Adulterous Woman by Albert Camus

Next week’s story: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language

Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss “The Adulterous Woman” by Albert Camus, a stirring story about a woman’s mid-life yearning for freedom from the trappings of a comfortable, unfulfilling life. The story takes place in Algeria before the war of independence from France, and features a French couple moving through the Arab interior. The stark imagery and deep internal musings make the story a satisfying read.

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American Pastoral | Philip Roth | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23

Discussion Notes: American Pastoral

In December we read American Pastoral by Philip Roth.

Next month we will read Milkman by Anna Burns.

Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language

Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss American Pastoral by Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1998 about how a happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined from within. All three hosts thoroughly enjoyed the book, but took some issue with the repetitive prose. Nonetheless, the brilliant insights into humanity, immigration, assimilation, violence, and the futility of control sucked our hosts right into the plot and characters’ lives. They discuss the novel’s unusual framing device, clever setting, and much, much more.

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(REWIND) Year’s End | Jhumpa Lahiri | Literary Roadhouse Ep 47

Discussion Notes: Year’s End

Happy New Year! We’re still off this week and will return next week with a brand new episode. This week we’re replaying an episode from our archive. We picked this story because it’s one of our favorite discussions to date.

Find this week’s rewind story here:  Year’s End by Jhumpa Lahiri

Next week’s episode:  The Adulterous Woman by Albert Camus

Rated: Clean

This week we discuss Year’s End, a story about a young Indian-American college student who must once again process the death of his mother after an announcement that his father has re-married several years after his mother’s death. This story sparked some great discussion on pain, clichés and culture in literature. 

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(REWIND) The Piano Tuner | Peter Meinke | Literary Roadhouse Ep 35

Discussion Notes: The Piano Tuner

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays! We’re off this week and next, but we still want to bring you great literary fiction. This week we’re replaying an episode from our archive. We picked this story because it’s one of our favorite discussions to date.

Find this week’s rewind story here:  The Piano Tuner by Peter Meinke

Next episode we will also by replaying an episode:  Year’s End by Jhumpa Lahiri

Rated: Explicit

What in the world did Gerald make us read! This story left Rammy feeling blah, and both Anais and Gerald loving it. During the conversation Rammy piped up with an interesting take and then Gerald added to it with information from an interview the author did years ago. That extra information left Maya incensed! Great discussion, tons of laughter and the most NSFW discussion we have ever had and worth every second.

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A Sound of Thunder | Ray Bradbury | Literary Roadhouse Ep 146

Discussion Notes: A Sound of Thunder

This week’s story:  A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

Next week’s story: The Adulterous Woman by Albert Camus

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, a brilliantly visual story that sets the pace for an entire genre of plot structures, and explores a theme of man v. nature v. time. Man’s hubris is put to the test with dire, unintended consequences.

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The Bet | Anton Chekhov | Literary Roadhouse Ep 145

Discussion Notes: The Bet

This week’s story:  The Bet by Anton Chekhov

Next week’s story: A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Rammy, and Anais discuss “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov, a deceptively simple story. Through discussion, our hosts discover that the moral of this story is buried deep in the narration’s point-of-view, in the rambling letter of a mad man, and the hypocrisy of a greedy would-be murderer.

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