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Joined August 2020

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Essays | George Orwell
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New episode just posted! We select a November #botm, discuss spy stories and essay collections, Peter lets us know one of his deepest fears, and I do a two-second Sean Connery impression. It's very much worth your while if I do say so myself. Enjoy!

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-74-November-Book-Club-Nominatio...

shawnmooney Oooh, your podcast was news to me! I just subscribed and look forward to checking it out! 1w
bibliothecarivs I read Penguin Modern Classics' collection of Orwell's essays for the first time recently and it was fantastic. It went immediately into my all-time top ten. 1w
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Gonna sift through these and find a good spy novel to read for November

Ruthiella The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is the excellent! 2w
SolaRaynor “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold“ was incredible :) 1w
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Just released our episode on The Turn of the Screw. I enjoyed it. Peter thought the writing was a little antiquated and got bored. What do you all think? Oh, and to those who've read it, do you think the ghosts are real or just in the governesses' mind?
https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

Blueberry I definitely liked the miniseries based on it last year better. The Haunting of Bly Manor. 3w
Therewillbebooks @Blueberry I've been curious about that adaptation. I'll check it out 3w
Vansa This is one of my favourite novellas.Haunting and atmospheric,he writes so evocatively you feel her stress and fear.As for if the ghosts are real,I'm paraphrasing Dumbledore, if course they're all in her head, but does that make them any less real?Henry James is a genius 3w
Therewillbebooks @Vansa I like that interpretation! 3w
batsy I feel like I'm one of the few who loves this so it's great to read your take, @Vansa ! Perfectly summed up. 3w
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House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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Just released our House of Mirth episode! It's one of the best books I've read all year. Tune in to hear our thoughts on Lily Bart, Edith Wharton, upper crust New York in 1905, and the state of literature in general.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-72-The-House-of-Mirth-e19kolf

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Our new Patreon episode just posted! We're doing a football book club read along! In this episode we present several books for your consideration and then we'll turn around and vote on which one to read. Patrons get an equal vote!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/football-books-58077402?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&...

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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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New episode is up and out! We choose a new long seasonal book to read, and Peter reviews the new Richard Powers. (spoiler, he wasn't impressed). Enjoy!

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

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The Lonesome Dove Series | Larry McMurtry
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Just a reminder that our new Lonesome Dove episode is out. Look at all these notes I made for it! It's about 90 minutes long too, so feel free to listen in two or three lil chunks. Thanks!

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

Suet624 Such a great book. Can‘t wait to listen to this podcast and hear your thoughts. 1mo
Therewillbebooks @Suet624 😁 I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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Blueberry I just listened to your Lonesome Dove podcast. Really good! The whole book series is so fantastic. You won't be disappointed. Of the 4 books I gave 3 of them 5 stars and 1 I gave 3 stars. Definitely will be reread some day. 3w
Therewillbebooks @Blueberry Thanks! Which book was the 3 star? I was thinking of doing Dead Man's Walk next 3w
Bklover Listening to this podcast now. I read LD in 1985 when it came out and it‘s been my favorite ever since. I go back frequently to it to visit them all if you know what I mean. Have always been a tiny bit in love with Gus! Loving the podcast! 1w
Therewillbebooks @Bklover Thank you so much! Gus is my favorite too. Also a big fan of Clara 1w
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Just released our Lonesome Dove episode! We review the classic Pulitzer winner and discuss the old west, time travel scenarios, and dish on our favorite (and not so favorite) characters. I love Gus and Clara and hated July Johnson. Tune in to hear more of our thoughts and if you've read the book (or seen the series) let me know your thoughts/favorite characters.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-70-Lonesome-Dove-e18rkaa

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Made a nostalgia purchase recently. Loved this book as a kid.

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Last Man | Mary Shelley
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Just posted our new episode! We choose a creepy October book and Peter gives us his final thoughts on the new Sally Rooney. Oh, and breakfast cereal enters into the mix too. Please enjoy responsibly.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-69-October-Book-Nominations-Fin...

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Good night!

hannah-leeloo Look at that fluffy belly 😍😍 2mo
Reagan 😻 2mo
Gissy So cute😻🤎🤎🤎 2mo
Tera66 So beautiful 😍 2mo
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Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Looking for a creepy book to read for our October book club.

Ruthiella The Sarah Waters‘ title is good. 😱👍 2mo
Therewillbebooks @Ruthiella Yeah! I've heard it's creepy 2mo
Michael_Gee That is our horror book club‘s next pick after 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved Little Stranger 👍🏻 2mo
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Blood's a Rover | James Ellroy
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New episode is up and out! We talk a little James Ellroy, a little Sally Rooney, a little MacArthur Genius grant, and we make our super bowl picks. It's good stuff. Check it out.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

jessinikkip Is it just the audio or am I overlooking an option for a written transcript? 2mo
Therewillbebooks @jessinikkip Just the audio. It's also on Spotify though 2mo
jessinikkip OK, then I will have to check to see if the spotify platform offers transcript/captions. Thanks :) 2mo
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Peter is now reading this, which I'm happy about as I have some trepidation. He'll be like a scout, reading ahead and reporting back.

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Flashman/Royal Flash | George MacDonald Fraser
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The Royal Flash episode is up and out! Please enjoy responsibly.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-67-Royal-Flash-e17omi8

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Flashman/Royal Flash | George MacDonald Fraser
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Just recorded our episode on Royal Flash, the second novel in the Flashman series. The episode should be out tomorrow. The book itself is excellent and more fun than the first one. More swashbuckling and adventure, though our protagonist is only along for the ride reluctantly.

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End Zone | Don DeLillo
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Got a new Patreon episode up. It's a football episode. We preview the season, make some bets, and give our Chiefs/Broncos predictions. Check it out if that's your thing!

https://www.patreon.com/creator-home

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Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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New episode is out! We choose a September book of the month from amongst the pictured tomes. We also discuss psychology, bildungsroman, and oddly enough, Al Gore. Enjoy!
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IMASLOWREADER edith wharton is one of my favorite author and age of innocence is my all time favorite book (edited) 3mo
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Bluebeard | Kurt Vonnegut
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A random shot of books I've been meaning to read but have yet to get around to. The sight fills me with a bittersweet sense of optimism and regret.

Ruthiella Main Street is fantastic. 😀 Bluebeard was my first Vonnegut but I remember nothing about it now except that it was about an artist/painter. (edited) 3mo
Therewillbebooks @Ruthiella Love Vonnegut. Realizing now that it's been about a decade since I've read anything by him. 3mo
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Got this as a gift recently. It's very cool.

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Looking at reading one of these for our September book of the month. Gonna try and read a neglected classic.
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New episode just dropped. We talk about our recent book hauls, astrology, nicknames, and much much more. Enjoy!
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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Just released our Confederacy of Dunces episode! I absolutely love the book, Peter was a little more hesitant to enjoy it, but he's kinda like that. It's a good episode though, full of thought-provoking ideas and tasteful discussions of theology and geometry

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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Just released our Catcher in the Rye episode. It was fun revisiting the book as an adult. Most people I know who love it read it when they were 13. How old were you when you first read it? And if you've revisited it since then what did you think?

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MadelineMcCrae I think I was fifteen or sixteen when I read it, and I remember enjoying it. 3mo
Ruthiella We read it as juniors in high school so I would have been 15. I related to Holden as a teen. Don‘t know if I would now...🤔 3mo
RebL I read it differently each time. As a teen, this book was everything. I wanted to name a son Holden! By my thirties, I couldn‘t believe what a phony Holden is. Lol. 3mo
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KathyWheeler I was in my late 20s or early 30s and thought Holden was whiny and obnoxious. 3mo
cmastfalk I think I read it at 15/16. Did not like it at all. My son read it at 16/17 and really likes it. I haven‘t revisited it. 3mo
BookNAround I read it at 11 and didn‘t like it. I reread it for school at 14 and still didn‘t like it. 3mo
jpj7474 In my opinion most books are better appreciated in adulthood where you have more of a perspective on the work, it's literary & social impact, etc.... Unfortunately for me as a teen I saw much of this as something I had to read for school as opposed to enjoying it 3mo
Therewillbebooks @jpj7474 yeah, most of the books I had to read in high school were like that 3mo
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The Wicked Pavilion | Dawn Powell
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Just released our Dawn Powell episode. She is, hands down, the most underrated American author of the 20th century. Tune in to hear us gush about The Wicked Pavilion!

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Ruthiella Interesting! I have a copy of The Locusts Have No King on my TBR! 4mo
Therewillbebooks That one is very good too! 4mo
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New episode is out right now! Very fresh. We select an August book of the month, I drink a Dr. Pepper, and I tell a fascinating story about getting cut off in traffic. Best thing you could conceivably do with your time would be to listen to it.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-61-August-Book-Nominations-e15g...

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Trying to choose an August Book of the month

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New episode just “dropped.“ We talk a little Lance Armstrong, doping, Vikings, Wodehouse, DeLillo, and Wild Cherry Pepsi. It's eclectic but in a good way.

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-60-Killing-Time-at-the-Info-Des...

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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen | P G Wodehouse
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Just finished this. Wodehouse's last finished novel (published as The Cat-Nappers in the United States) and I loved it. As delightful as any of the other Jeeves/Wooster stories, I'm racking my brain for another author who published something as consistently funny and good in their 90's.

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I'm Ok, You're Ok | Thomas Harris
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Hey everyone! Just checking in.

Prairiegirl_reading 😍😍 4mo
TrishB Aww 🐶❤️ 4mo
kspenmoll Thanks! What a sweet doggie! 4mo
GinaKButler I love your pup! 4mo
Ruthiella Hey there! ❤️🐶 4mo
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The Brothers K | David James Duncan
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Just posted our baseball episode! We discuss the sport and why it lends itself to compelling stories. Special shout out to the Litsy folks who pointed me in the direction of some baseball fiction. Oh and I breakdown the plot of my ideal baseball movie. Enjoy!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/baseball-movies-53828717

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The Plague | Albert Camus
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Just released our newest episode. Got a lot of stuff working in it's favor. We go down a couple rabbit holes, discuss the origins of the term rabbit holes, and pick a July book of the month from the pictured selection. Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7Cruvlz9EKptBLm2nXWeb4?si=sUO1D7aNSqa3a1vuOknOv...

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The Heavenly Table: A Novel | Donald Ray Pollock
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Trying to pick a book for July

kaysworld1 I've added to my list so pick that one 👍 5mo
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The Brave Cowboy | Edward Abbey
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Just posted a new episode! We talk book hauls, local bookstores, grilling, and upcoming new releases. I got the pictured #bookhaul from The Eclectic Reader in Ft. Collins. One of my favorites.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2NGCHp3Du8Eba8a4XoMGNw?si=Xbwum8wQQiO8QM6Yp2DKS...

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Just posted our Addie LaRue episode. We review the bestselling book and talk about life, what we'd be tempted to sell our souls for, and love triangles. Lots of spoilers too. Just a heads up. Hope you enjoy it!
https://open.spotify.com/episode/1fbrBXdhrr80HjXfoG44Sg?si=teGdrh1SQEmQxJR5C3CLb...

IMASLOWREADER loved the ending i wish it was a lot shorter tho lol 5mo
Therewillbebooks @IMASLOWREADER Yeah I thought she wrapped the story up pretty well 5mo
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Just finished Addie LaRue. About to record our episode on it. Gathering my thoughts.

BillBlume Just had to comment somewhere that I *love* your user name. That is brilliant. 5mo
Therewillbebooks @BillBlume Ha! Thank you very much 5mo
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The Wicked Pavilion | Dawn Powell
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BookDragonNotWorm I want a gnome to guard my books! Dog-ear-ers beware! 5mo
Therewillbebooks He's a good guardian 5mo
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Episode 55 just came out. It is probably the most waffle-centric episode in the history of book podcasts. It's certainly the most waffle-centric episode we've ever done. Please enjoy responsibly.

https://open.spotify.com/show/6A6hXZ7eaOG7BtHOSJpCTI

johncadams Surely one of the key aims in enjoying waffles is to be irresponsible... 5mo
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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Been eyeing this for a while. Finally got my hands on a copy (I stole it from my dad). Looking forward to diving in.

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare
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Just released a new episode! Amongst other things, we discuss Shakespeare in Love, which is essentially William Shakespeare thrown into the plot of Romeo and Juliet. Are there any other writers who you would like to see as protagonists making their way through one of their own plots?

https://open.spotify.com/show/6A6hXZ7eaOG7BtHOSJpCTI

SamAnne I love to be reminded of Joseph Fiennes in this role after only seeing him as Commander Waterford for the last few years… 5mo
Therewillbebooks He is pretty good in the role 5mo
BethM I love this movie so hard. 5mo
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NikkiM5 @SamAnne I feel the same way 😂 5mo
SamAnne @NikkiM5 right? I watched 2 interviews with him pst-finale just to help my brain disconnect the actor from the role. He is so awful creepy in Handmaids (edited) 5mo
bibliothecarivs I watched SIL when it was released, then didn't watch it again for about 15 years. I was surprised how funny it is. 5mo
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My Lunches with Orson | Peter Biskind
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This was a fun book. I like it when artists reach old age and really let loose, say whatever they want totally disregarding social nicities.

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Just released a new episode. We pick a new seasonal read from amongst the books pictured, and we talk Cathedrals, s'mores, and great lost works. Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4XI2oMWAHEvhQiR7rPhMih?si=72M1bRJeR_u038qPExygo...

Leftcoastzen Great pig! 6mo
Therewillbebooks @Leftcoastzen Thanks! Very noble look to him 6mo
Nute I have been enjoying your podcast. There is a nice camaraderie between the two host, Peter and Matt. 6mo
Therewillbebooks @Nute Thank you so much! 6mo
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Working on an episode about friendship amongst authors (or friendships that went sour/enemies who became friendly) There's Vidal/Mailer and Hemmingway/Fitzgerald and Hawthorne/Melville... Anyone got any other examples?

Susanita Lewis/Tolkien 6mo
wanderinglynn Truman Capote & Harper Lee and Pratchett & Gaiman (edited) 6mo
Ruthiella Not sure if this counts, but Richard Ford was so angry with a review of his book that Colson Whitehead wrote, that he spit on him in public. Now I‘m no longer interested in reading any Richard Ford books. Also, didn‘t Gore Vidal feuded with everyone...? 6mo
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Therewillbebooks @wanderinglynn Those are perfect. The Pratchett Gaiman friendship lead to one of the funniest collaborations I've ever read. 6mo
Therewillbebooks @Ruthiella That definitely counts! I will be researching that altercation 😄
and yes, Vidal did feud with plenty of people, though he and Mailer got along in their later years.
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vivastory @Ruthiella Speaking of Richard Ford reminded me of him shooting & mailing a Hoffman book to her after she gave one of his a bad review. I wasn't aware until just now that she has also reacted very poorly to negative reviews, although not nearly as bad as Ford!
https://ew.com/article/2016/03/23/richard-ford-alice-hoffman/
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vivastory This is a good list of literary feuds
https://lithub.com/25-legendary-literary-feuds-ranked/
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Therewillbebooks @vivastory Thanks! These are great links 6mo
dainarmb @Susanita yes, this one! Visited the pub they would meet at in Oxford when I studied abroad. 6mo
Therewillbebooks @dainarmb The Eagle & Child? 6mo
dainarmb @Therewillbebooks yep, that one! I'll see if I can find the photo of me standing outside and post it hahah 6mo
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Omer Pasha Latas | Ivo Andrc
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I know you're never supposed to judge a book by its cover but this is cool. Thinking about making it the June #botm for the podcast.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Just released our episode on Dune! Two neophytes try and break down a beloved classic and say all the words in the Dune lexicon without sounding stupid. Check it out!

https://open.spotify.com/show/6A6hXZ7eaOG7BtHOSJpCTI

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Red Dog | Willem Anker
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Pretty good weekend book haul!

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Poems of William Blake | William Blake
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“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”
― William Blake,

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Just released episode 51 on Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain was a terrific writer and the book is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the New York restaurant scene from a lucid storyteller. Highly recommend the book and check out the episode if you are so inclined!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1N7oE5w86dIoexucIS9i0W?si=tCNY4fxSQpOz25tEGsJ-w...

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Shiloh | Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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So we commissioned a logo for the show from my very talented sister-in-law and this is what she came up with. Couldn't be more pleased with it! She's over at @emyjart on Instagram if anyone is interested.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Her art is beautiful 💞 6mo
Tera66 Adorable! 6mo
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Just released episode 50! We select a May book of the month and discuss traffic, Costco, and what we used to draw as kids. It's good stuff!

https://open.spotify.com/show/6A6hXZ7eaOG7BtHOSJpCTI?si=0QTeQLC0QOaQqJM3YXXKdA&u...