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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  • 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.