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26 minutes | 9 days ago
Vandermeer Bonus! A Visit to Ambergris
In their second interstitial episode, The NewlyReads examine Jeff Vandermeer's first weird landscape by discussing "The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris" from the collection City of Saints and Madmen. They talk footnote fiction, provide their rankings of Vandermeer's fictional worlds, and Dan explains why having Magneto-esque control over fungus would be the ultimate superpower.
23 minutes | 23 days ago
Sentence Breakdown! Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop
New music! New segment! Weekly episodes! What more could you want? Today Kylie and Daniel dig in to a sentence from Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop. We talk about scansion, the passive voice, and the ways that textual artists use their medium to convey meaning, and how sleuthing literature folks tease that meaning out.
71 minutes | a month ago
Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop
Dan makes Kylie read Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop. Is it a cowboy tale? A work of high modernism? The source text for Slow West? (Probably not that last one...) Rustle up your cattle and join The NewlyReads as they meander through the long history of landscape description, why Catholics get a good rep in literature, and how Kylie got Goldfinched by this one. Also, a big announcement: We're going weekly! Starting next week, after every traditional episode, we'll release a shorter companion episode that delves into each author's sentence-level style. So tune in next week for our Sentence Breakdown of a line that encapsulates the themes and style of Death Comes for the Archbishop. Follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads or drop us a line at email@example.com
118 minutes | 2 months ago
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom
Dan makes Kylie read Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, the book that was under a lot of Christmas trees in 2010. (That's, uh, about the best we could do to tie this deeply misanthropic book to any kind of holiday theme...) Join us as we discuss Franzen's amazing ability to antagonize everyone on the internet and decide whether Freedom lives up to its classification as one of the 21st century's Great American Novels.
101 minutes | 3 months ago
Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton
Kylie makes Dan read a B-side novel from an A-lister of American fiction! In the 1897 The Spoils of Poynton, an old woman with Britain's most beautifully decorated house is faced with the horrifying prospect of a daughter-in-law with hideous taste. Somehow, this ridiculous premise leads to high drama: furniture is moved in the night, and tea biscuits are incriminatingly displaced! Listen as The NewlyReads discuss why James isn't a household name, the novel's strange mix of headstrong and totally indecisive characters, and why titles with dual meanings really are the best.
98 minutes | 3 months ago
Special Episode: Are Fictional Characters Real?
In this special episode, Dan and Kylie wade into murky philosophical waters to investigate why we're able to laugh, cry, and rage over the fates of fictional characters. If you want to know what's in Dan's copious notes referenced on this episode, here's some of the reading we did to prep for this recording: --Bernard Paris, Imagined Human Beings: A Psychological Approach to Character and Conflict in Literature, NYU Press (1997) --Amie L. Thomasson, Fiction and Metaphysics, Cambridge UP (1999)--Baruch Hochman, Character in Literature , Cornell University Press (1985)--Howard Sklar, "Believable Fictions: On the Nature of Emotional Responses to Fictional Characters," Helsinki English Studies, Vol 5 (2009) --Paisley Livingstone, Andrea Sauchelli, and Paisley Livingston, "Philosophical Perspectives on --Fictional Characters," New Literary History, Vol. 42.2 (2011)--Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's "Fictional Entities" (2018)
83 minutes | 4 months ago
Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street
Today's episode is a Kylie pick! Is it a street filled with mangoes? A street on a mango? A street for mangoes? The only possible way to know is to listen!
71 minutes | 5 months ago
Don Delillo's White Noise
Do you hear that sound? That constant sound in the background? It's the long silence since we went on vacation. Well, we're back! This is our last episode with our old recording equipment, and we used it to discuss a classic: Don DeLillo's White Noise. Next episode: new fancy tech that we will spend the intervening weeks learning how to use.
2 minutes | 5 months ago
Announcing Season 2!
The NewlyReads will return on October 2!
86 minutes | 7 months ago
Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees
Dan makes Kylie read Barbara Kingsolver's debut novel, The Bean Trees (1988). They discuss the tradition of scientist-turned-writers, wonder why B-side books sometimes stick with them more than an author's "major work," and debate the virtues of wide-open Midwestern plains!Follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
65 minutes | 7 months ago
James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room
Kylie makes Dan read James Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room (1956). They discuss Baldwin's unique prose style, why his essays get more attention than his fiction, and the history of black American writer-activists and analyze why Baldwin's novel about doomed love, repressed sexuality, and the difficulty of defining Americanness feels so timeless.
105 minutes | 8 months ago
Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad
A visit from the longest episode yet. A NEW SEGMENT appears: the Sentence Breakdown.
74 minutes | 8 months ago
Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntley
Here at The NewlyReads we have a core tenet: Thou shalt not dunk on thy books. This week, Daniel gets dangerously close to sinning against that core belief, our cats make not one but TWO appearances, and we try to solve the mystery: Wait, wasn't this all about Waldegrave?
72 minutes | 9 months ago
Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140
Dan makes Kylie read another doorstop novel, Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 (2017). They discuss the history of climate fiction, the challenges of crafting multiple protagonists, and Robinson's play with traditional literary genres. Also, Dan confesses that he never read a book that Kylie loaned to him years ago...Follow our Instagram @thenewlyreads or email us at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you!
66 minutes | 9 months ago
Special Episode: Pandemic Literature
Dan invites Kylie to discuss the tradition of pandemic literature and the new crop of fiction that's attempting to make sense of the coronavirus. Not just another pair of podcasters griping about being locked inside, The NewlyReads discuss Katherine Anne Porter's 1939 Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Albert Camus's 1947 The Plague, and several novels and short stories published in the last few months. They also ruminate on why literature is essential during crises like this and whether or not COVID will lead to new literary genres.
82 minutes | 10 months ago
Dean Koontz's Life Expectancy
Kylie makes Dan read Dean Koontz's murder-clown-prophecy-thriller-comedy Life Expectancy (2004). As they sort through the novel's many, many twists, The NewlyReads discuss Koontz's big imagination, identify the common elements and themes in his diverse collection of work, and weigh in on the longstanding divide between popular and literary fiction. Also, they announce a special upcoming episode on pandemic literature!Follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website www.thenewlyreads.com. We'd love to hear from you!
74 minutes | 10 months ago
Cheryl Strayed's Wild
Dan makes Kylie read Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir Wild (2012). They discuss the book's reputation in backpacking and literary communities, the craft of the book as it narrates both trauma and a sport that typically isn't action-packed, Strayed's description of being a woman in a hyper-masculine space, and why Edward Abbey might be a druid. Also, tales from Dan's wilderness ranger days and Kylie's confession of her greatest fear!Check out our website at www.thenewlyreads.com, follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads, or drop us a line at email@example.com! We'd love to hear from our listeners!
86 minutes | a year ago
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
Kylie makes Dan read Steinbeck's masterwork social novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Kylie reveals the argument of her Masters' thesis, Dan tries out an Okie accent, and together they explore the unfortunate relevance of the American social inequality that this 1939 novel critiques.Check out our new website, www.thenewlyreads.com and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear your takes on the books we've covered or suggestions for what to read next!
75 minutes | a year ago
Hugh Howie's Wool
What better time to talk about a world in which everyone is trapped inside a silo? In this accidentally relevant episode recorded before Corona isolation, Dan and Kylie discuss the self publishing industry, the traditional academic bias against genre fiction, Hugh Howie's world building, and what the movie trailer for Wool would look like!
82 minutes | a year ago
Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass
Kylie makes Dan read the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, The Golden Compass. They discuss Pullman's commentary on other great British fantasy writers, Lyra as a girl protagonist, what makes a gobbler, and of course, dem BEARS. Check out our Instagram account @thenewlyreads or send us an email at email@example.com
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