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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  • 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.

  • Shopgirl (with Diana Loraine)

    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.

  • Necroscope (with Alexander Danner)

    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.

  • Jaws (with Kacey Smith)

    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.