October 21, 2021

166- Sherlock Holmes

The pals discuss the great detective, his literary past and his many influences and appearances in popular culture.

The pals talk about serialized stories, and struggle pin down just what defines a series.

The pals discuss how many stories they can keep in their head at once.
 
September 30, 2021

163- Does Poetry Matter?

The pals discuss on their podcast --which doesn't really matter--the kerfuffle around Barren magazine firing it's poetry editor for a tweet.

September 23, 2021

162- Difficult Books

The pals discuss books that demand a lot of the reader. When is a challenging book rewarding and when doe difficulty get in the way?

Can genius be learned? Do great artists tap into something beyond themselves? Do some authors have an innate aptitude for linguistics or abstract thinking that eludes others despite how hard they work? 

We're back and talking books: North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Balingrud; Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro; Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon; The Last Day, by Andrew Hunter Murray; Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky; Mask of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick; Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke; When the Reckoning Comes, by LaTanya McQueen; Murder at Melrose Court, by Karen Baugh Menuhin; The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula K. Le Guin; Hater, by John Semley; Batman '89, by Sam Hamm; Red Room, by Ed Piskor.

September 2, 2021

159- Reading to De-stress

The Yaks are back for Season 5! The pals talk about reading habits when faced with high levels of stress. Are books a solace and an escape, or an added stressor to be avoided?

The pals reminisce about Scholastic Book Fairs in their elementary schools, as well as childhood bookstore experiences and jobs they've had at bookstores.

The pals share the books they are most excited to read this summer.

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