Episodes: Masonry

Ep 215: Foster

Discussion Notes: Foster This week’s story: Foster by Bryan Washington  Next week’s story: The Specialist’s Hat by Kelly Link  Rated: EXPLICIT Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Foster” by Bryan Washington, a story of a man estranged from his brother, struggling with his boyfriend, and refusing to name a cat. The story is explicit and so...

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Ep 214: The Interlopers

Discussion Notes: The Interlopers This week’s story: The Interlopers by H. H. Munro  Next week’s story: Foster by Bryan Washington  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Interlopers” by H. H. Munro (SAKI), a story of a long-running family dispute over wild lands that comes to a head when two men from either side...

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Ep 213: Hot Ice

Discussion Notes: Hot Ice This week’s story: Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek  Next week’s story: The Interlopers by H.H. Munro (SAKI)  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Hot Ice” by Stuart Dybek, a Chicago native who brings the mid-century societal changes to life with the myth of a local saint. Andy identified with the...

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Ep 212: The Case For and Against Love Potions

Discussion Notes: The Case For and Against Love Potions This week’s story: The Case for and Against Love Potions by Imbolo Mbue  Next week’s story: Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Case for and Against Love Potions” by Imbolo Mbue , a story told by an over confident narrator...

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Ep 211: Objects in Space

Discussion Notes: Objects in Space This week’s story: Objects in Space by Emily Davis  Next week’s story: The Case for and Against Love Potions by Imbolo Mbue  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Objects in Space” by Emily Davis, a story of a young New York woman who heads west in search of clarity....

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Ep 210: The Husband Stitch

Discussion Notes: The Husband Stitch This week’s story: The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado  Next week’s story: Objects in Space by Emily Davis  Rated: Explicit Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado, a haunting story of a woman’s life, interspersed with fairytales about womanhood. All three hosts marveled at...

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Ep 209: A Challenge You Have Overcome

Discussion Notes: A Challenge You Have Overcome This week’s story: A Challenge You Have Overcome by Allegra Goodman  Next week’s story: The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “A Challenge You Have Overcome” by Allegra Goodman, a story about an older couple who feel stuck in their careers...

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Ep 208: Hollow

Discussion Notes: Hollow This week’s story: Hollow by Breece D’J Pancake  Next week’s story: A Challenge Your Have Overcome by Allegra Goodman  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Hollow” by Breece D’J Pancake, the story of Buddy, a coal miner in West Virginia, his community, and his humble dreams. This story split our hosts....

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Ep 207: Fatima, the Biloquist

Discussion Notes: Fatima, the Biloquist This week’s story: Fatima, the Biloquist by Nafissa Thompson-Spires  Next week’s story: Hollow by Breece D’J Pancake  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Fatima, the Biloquist” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, a story of a young, nerdy black girl in a predominantly white neighborhood who is struggling to reconcile her multitudes....

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Ep 206: Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit

Discussion Notes: Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit This week’s story: Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit by Rebecca Curtis  Next week’s story: Fatima, the Biloquist: A Transformation Story by Nafissa Thompson-Spires  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit” by Rebecca Curtis, a modern twist on...

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Ep 205: The Paper Tiger

Discussion Notes: The Paper Tiger This week’s story: The Paper Tiger by Lindsay Kennedy  Next week’s story: Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit by Rebecca Curtis  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Paper Tiger” by Lindsay Kennedy, a whimsical story of biblical proportions of a girl with a strong moral compass and...

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Ep 204: The Hunter’s Wife

Discussion Notes: The Hunter’s Wife This week’s story: The Hunter’s Wife by Anthony Doerr  Next week’s story: The Paper Tiger by Lindsay Kennedy  Rated: Clean Gerald, Andy and Anais discuss “The Hunter’s Wife” by Anthony Doerr, a story of a Montana hunter and his estranged, magically gifted wife. All three hosts heaped a ton of...

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