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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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Ep 186: Boar Taint by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Discussion Notes: Boar Taint

This week’s story: Boar Taint by Bonnie Jo Campbell 

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

Rated: Explicit

Gerald, Andy and Anais debate “Boar Taint” by Bonnie Jo Campbell.  This story centers on the farmer’s wife, Jill, and her bet to save the farm with the dubious purchase of a cheap hog. Was it a good gamble?

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Ep 185: Two Little Soldiers by Guy de Maupassant

Discussion Notes: Two Little Soldiers

This week’s story: Two Little Soldiers by Guy de Maupassant 

Next week’s story: Boar Taint by Bonnie Jo Campbell 

Rated: Adult Themes

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Two Little Soldiers” by Guy de Maupassant. Its a classic tale of two boys and a girl. Very mixed reviews make for an exciting discussion. Tune in!

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Ep 184: Disaster Stamps of Pluto by Louise Erdrich

Discussion Notes: Disaster Stamps of Pluto

This week’s story: Disaster Stamps of Pluto by Louise Erdrich 

Next week’s story: Little Soldiers by Guy de Maupassant 

Rated: Clean

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Disaster Stamps of Pluto”, a slice of life told in memories that is surprisingly not a work of science fiction. It wasn’t what they hoped or expected, yet all three read it pleasurably. Enjoy!

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Ep 183: Out There by Kate Folk

Discussion Notes: Out There

This week’s story: Out There by Kate Folk 

Next week’s story: Disaster Stamps of Pluto by Louise Erdrich 

Rated: Adult Themes

Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Out There” by Kate Folk. In the near future, artificially intelligent androids enter the dating world! This story was (mostly) very high rated. Follow the link to figure out why!

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