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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25th, 2022 | 54 mins 42 secs
1950s, french, irish, surreal
Tonight we're discussing Molloy by Samuel Beckett, with our guest Tom Perrin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.