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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.  Have thoughts on this story? Did...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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