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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Spacial Delivery (with Hannah Culbert)
October 31st, 2022 | 50 mins 43 secs
1970s, american, bears, canadian, comedy, science fiction, space diplomacy
Tonight we're discussing Spacial Delivery by Gordon R. Disckson, with our guest Hannah Culbert.
Mall Purchase Night (with Kelly Asprooth-Jackson)
October 3rd, 2022 | 49 mins 18 secs
1990s, aging, california, disability, fantasy, mall, society for creative anachronism, urban fantasy
Tonight we're discussing Mall Purchase Night by Rick Cook with our guest Kelly Asprooth-Jackson.
Dead Souls (with Roy Janik)
September 19th, 2022 | 44 mins 17 secs
1800s, class issues, fantastic, final work, muppets, russian, satire, surreal, unfinished
Tonight we're discussing Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, with our guest Roy Janik.
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (with Chase Greenlee)
September 5th, 2022 | 50 mins 18 secs
1990s, adaptation, horror, mystery, tim curry, video game, voodoo, writer protagonist
Tonight we're discussing Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers by Jane Jensen, with our guest Chase Greenlee.
Gargantua & Pantagruel (with Peter Rogers)
August 22nd, 2022 | 45 mins 47 secs
1500s, bawdy, fantasy, french, giants, rabelaisian, satire, translation
Tonight we're discussing Gargantua & Pantagruel by François Rabelais, with our guest Peter Rogers.
Retief & The Pan-Galactic Pageant of Pulchritude (with Zack Handlen)
August 8th, 2022 | 40 mins 8 secs
1980s, american, foreign service, pulp, scifi, space diplomacy
Tonight we're discussing Retief & The Pan-Galactic Pageant of Pulchritude by Keith Laumer, with our guest Zack Handlen.
Molloy (with Tom Perrin)
July 25th, 2022 | 54 mins 42 secs
1950s, french, irish, surreal
Tonight we're discussing Molloy by Samuel Beckett, with our guest Tom Perrin.
Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy (with Hannah Culbert)
July 11th, 2022 | 57 mins 31 secs
1990s, childrens, franchise, horror, ventriloquism
Tonight we're discussing Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine, with our guest Hannah Culbert.
The Color of Magic (with Michael Yichao)
June 27th, 2022 | 48 mins 23 secs
1980s, british, elephants, fantasy, humor, pet tangent, turtles
Tonight we're discussing The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, with our guest Michael Yichao.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (with Moacir P. de Sá Pereira)
June 13th, 2022 | 1 hr 10 mins
1800s, civil war, historical, racism, slavery, tintin tangent
Tonight we're discussing Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, with our guest Moacir P. de Sá Pereira.
TORG Storm Knights (with Rachael Jones)
May 30th, 2022 | 50 mins 30 secs
1990s, american, apocalypse, cyberpope, reality crash, rpg, scifi, tie-in
Tonight we're discussing TORG Storm Knights by Greg Gorden & Bill Slavicsek, with our guest Rachael Jones.
Kzradock the Onion Man & the Spring-Fresh Methuselah (with Kelly Asprooth-Jackson)
May 16th, 2022 | 46 mins 29 secs
1910s, danish, in translation, murder, mystery, psychology, pulp, surreal
Tonight we're discussing Kzradock the Onion Man & the Spring-Fresh Methuselah by Louis Levy, with our guest Kelly Asprooth-Jackson.
Night of the Crabs (with Chase Greenlee)
March 28th, 2022 | 46 mins 9 secs
1970s, british, crabs, garfield digression, horror, marine life, wales
Tonight we're discussing NIGHT OF THE CRABS by Guy N. Smith, with our guest Chase Greenlee.
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (with Wendy Wagner)
March 14th, 2022 | 47 mins 35 secs
1980s, american, dragons, fantasy, roleplaying
Tonight we're discussing Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, with our guest Wendy Wagner.
Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH (with Kacey Smith)
February 21st, 2022 | 49 mins 21 secs
1970s, animals, british, childrens, poverty
Tonight we're discussing Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien, with our guest Kacey Smith.
Star Trek: The Captain's Table #1 War Dragons (with Braden Lamb)
January 17th, 2022 | 55 mins 48 secs
1990s, mars, scifi, star trek
Tonight we're discussing Star Trek: The Captain's Table #1 War Dragons by L.A. Graf, with our guest Braden Lamb.