About the show

Every week we discuss the first page--and only the first page--of a different novel, ranging from cult oddities (Tarnsman of Gor) to literary classics (Paradise Lost) to influential thrillers (Jaws). Each episode focuses on that first page and uses it as a jumping off point for an idiosyncratic discussion of media and how we make stories make sense.

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  • Holiday Break Announcement!

    November 27th, 2021  |  45 secs

    We're takin' a break!

  • Job: A Comedy of Justice (with Moacir P. de Sá Pereira)

    November 22nd, 2021  |  56 mins 13 secs
    1980s, christian, fantasy, religion, satire

    Tonight we're discussing Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein, with our guest Moacir P. de Sá Pereira.

  • Paradise Lost (with Rachael Jones)

    November 15th, 2021  |  58 mins 29 secs
    1600s, chrisitan, epic, parrots, poetry, satan

    Tonight we're discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton, with our guest Rachael Jones.

  • Plague From Space (with Michael Yichao)

    November 8th, 2021  |  42 mins 15 secs
    1960s, cold war, opens on a chess board, plague, scifi

    Tonight we're discussing Plague From Space by Harry Harrison, with our guest Michael Yichao.

  • The Princess & the Goblin (with Diana Loraine)

    November 1st, 2021  |  38 mins 44 secs
    1800s, childrens, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin

    Tonight we're discussing The Princess & the Goblin by George MacDonald, with our guest Diana Loraine.

  • VAMPIRE FRIDAY Dracula (with Kacey Smith)

    October 29th, 2021  |  39 mins 9 secs
    1800s, british, epistulary, gothic, horror, vampire

    Tonight we're discussing Dracula by Bram Stoker, with our guest Kacey Smith.

  • Imajica (with Jess Chautin)

    October 25th, 2021  |  50 mins 57 secs
    1990s, criticism, fantasy, horror

    Tonight we're discussing the first page of Imajica, by Clive Barker, with our guest Jess Chautin.

  • VAMPIRE FRIDAY Hide Me Among the Graves (with Braden Lamb)

    October 22nd, 2021  |  41 mins 45 secs
    2010s, american, england, historical, horror, vampire, vampire friday

    Tonight we're discussing Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers, with our guest Braden Lamb.

  • The Klone & I (with Morgan Pielli)

    October 18th, 2021  |  53 mins 37 secs
    1990s, clones, divorce, love triangle, romance, scifi

    Tonight we're discussing The Klone & I, by Danielle Steel, with our guest Morgan Pielli.

  • VAMPIRE FRIDAY Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent (with Will Hughes)

    October 15th, 2021  |  47 mins 40 secs
    1990s, franchise, horror, romance, soap opera, vampire, vampire friday

    Tonight we're discussing Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent, by Lara Parker, with our guest Will Hughes.

  • Red Mars (with Chris Vandyke)

    October 11th, 2021  |  36 mins 15 secs
    1990s, american, hard scifi, mars, scifi

    Tonight we're discussing Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, with our guest Chris Vandyke.

  • VAMPIRE FRIDAY Varney the Vampire OR The Feast of Blood (with Grady Hendrix)

    October 8th, 2021  |  39 mins 46 secs
    1840s, gothic, horror, penny dreadful, serial, vampire, vampire friday

    Tonight we're discussing Varney the Vampire OR The Feast of Blood, by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, with our guest Grady Hendrix.

  • Red Harvest (with Wendy Wagner)

    October 4th, 2021  |  42 mins 10 secs
    1920s, butte, mystery, noir

    Tonight we're discussing Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett, with our guest Wendy Wagner.

  • Day of the Triffids (with David Hanna)

    September 27th, 2021  |  38 mins 23 secs
    1950s, apocalypse, british, monsters, plants, science fiction

    Tonight we're discussing Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, with our guest David Hanna.

  • Wheels

    September 20th, 2021  |  31 mins 27 secs
    1970s, american, cars, drama, industry

    Tonight we're discussing Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.

  • The Shaving of Shagpat (with Alexander Danner)

    September 13th, 2021  |  39 mins 17 secs
    1800s, enlgish, fairy tale, fantasy, persian, shaving

    Tonight we're discussing The Shaving of Shagpat, by George Meredith, with our guest Alexander Danner.