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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Episodes

  • 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.

  • IT (with Jess Chautin)

    September 6th, 2021  |  46 mins 5 secs
    1980s, clowns, horror, kids, stephen king

    Tonight we're discussing IT, by Stephen King, with our guest Jess Chautin.

  • Servants of the Wankh (with Kacey Smith)

    August 30th, 2021  |  41 mins 48 secs
    1960s, barbarian, fantasy, pulp, scifi

    Tonight we're discussing Servants of the Wankh, by Jack Vance, with our guest Kacey Smith.

  • The Man-Kzin Wars, Volume 1 (with Chris Vandyke)

    August 23rd, 2021  |  40 mins 35 secs
    1960s, 1980s, furry, scifi, space, war

    Tonight we're discussing The Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1, by Larry Niven, with our guest Chris Vandyke.

  • Funerals Are Fatal (with David Hanna)

    August 16th, 2021  |  46 mins 54 secs
    1950s, english, gothic, murder, mystery

    Tonight we're discussing Funerals Are Fatal (aka After the Funeral), by Agatha Christie, with our guest David Hanna.

  • The Lost City of Zork (with Rachael Jones)

    August 9th, 2021  |  43 mins 33 secs
    1990s, american, fantasy, interactive fiction, video game

    Tonight we're discussing The Lost City of Zork, by Robin W. Bailey, with our guest Rachael Jones.

  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit (with Morgan Pielli)

    August 2nd, 2021  |  42 mins 32 secs
    1980s, american, cartoon, humor, movies, mystery, noir

    Tonight we're discussing Who Censored Roger Rabbit, by Gary K. Wolf, with our guest Morgan Pielli.

  • CINEMA SPECIAL Sir Gawain & the Green Knight (with Rachael Jones)

    July 27th, 2021  |  49 mins 38 secs
    1300s, 2000s, arthurian, fantasy, poetry, quest

    Tonight we're discussing Sir Gawain & the Green Knight with our guest Rachael Jones.

  • Tarnsman of Gor

    July 26th, 2021  |  24 mins 40 secs
    1960s, american, barbarian, fantasy, gor, pulp, scifi

    Tonight we're discussing Tarnsman of Gor, by John Norman.