Next week’s story is Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Rated PG-13 for Adult Themes

Tamara WoodsThis week Tamara Woods joins us as a guest co-host. She is new to the Literary Roadhouse family and will be the host of an upcoming show. You can find out more about Tamara, her poetry and the Reverie Journal at

Escape from Spiderhead is a story about a many who is part of clinical drug trials as part of his imprisonment. As we analyze the story, we discussed questions of consent, murder, and the definition of love. Maya, Anais and Gerald all loved the story, but both Tamara and Rammy had issues being sucked into the story, or with George Saunders use of languag. Rammy found it a bit explicit for his taste.

Don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate Escape from Spiderhead? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail, and we will give the final tally on the next episode.

2 comments on Discussing Escape From Spiderhead | George Saunders | Literary Roadhouse Ep 52

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this author’s style. This futuristic scenery that feels equally distant but homey(?) Like we’ve always been here, and it’s always been normal. Even the short hand of just using “re” instead of regarding because the character isn’t verbally skilled without the drip. Can you love someone you’ve never met just because of their writing? Thank you for sharing this! Keep it up!

    1. Maya Goode says:

      I think you can totally love someone just based on their writing. There is just something about the way Saunders writes and how tight his storytelling is that is just plain enjoyable. I picked up Tenth of December and can’t wait to read it.

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