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.
September 20th, 2021 | 31 mins 27 secs
1970s, american, cars, drama, industry
Tonight we're discussing Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 26th, 2021 | 24 mins 40 secs
1960s, american, barbarian, fantasy, gor, pulp, scifi
Tonight we're discussing Tarnsman of Gor, by John Norman.
July 16th, 2021 | 38 mins 3 secs
2000s, american, celebrity, humor, litfic, movies, new york
Tonight we're discussing Shopgirl, by Steve Martin, with our guest Diana Loraine.
July 16th, 2021 | 44 mins 40 secs
1980s, english, horror, skull opera, vampires
Tonight we're discussing Necroscope, by Brian Lumley, with our guest Alexander Danner.
July 16th, 2021 | 30 mins 54 secs
1970s, american, horror, literature, movies, sharks, thriller
Tonight we're discussing Jaws, by Peter Benchley, with our guest Kacey Smith.