Discussion Notes: Exquisite Corpse

This week’s story: Exquisite Corpse by Zadie Smith, Rebecca Curtis, Mohsin Hamid, R.L. Stine, Rivka Galchen, Nicholson Baker, Anthony Marra, David Baldacci, Elif Batuman, James Patterson, Hanya Yanagihara, Joshua Ferris, Ben Marcus, Jenny Offill, Adelle Waldman

Next week’s story: Saint Bus Driver by J. E. McCafferty

Rated: Explicit

Gerald, Anais and Andy discuss “Exquisite Corpse” a story written piece by piece by 15 renowned authors for New York Times Magazine. While all three hosts struggled to enjoy the fragmented, sprawling, nonsensical story that resulted, they had a blast discussing the absurd plot and characters. Instead of evaluating the piece as a story, they evaluated it as a game. They leave the conversation with a deep appreciation for the thankless effort of R. L. Stine, who heroically tried to get a story back on rails. Did he succeed? You be the judge.

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