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41 minutes | 21 hours ago
Kobek Bonus: The CIA and Literary Fiction
In this freewheeling bonus episode, Kylie and Dan assess Jarett Kobek's claim in I Hate the Internet that "the good novel, as an idea, was created by the Central Intelligence Agency." Kylie summarizes her dissertation research on the relationship between the American intelligence community and American fiction, Dan comes up with some wild metaphors, and they both weigh in on whether the CIA's influence on literary production prevented authors from developing new forms or ideas. Plus, a spontaneous NewlyReads Game and Dan's infamous T.S. Eliot impression!An incomplete bibliography of great books on this topic that Kylie references in the episode: For more information on the Congress of Cultural Freedom, see Frances Stonor Saunders's The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters. For more on the general relationship between American intelligence, literature, and university humanities programs, see Timothy Melley's The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State and Robin Winks's Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961.For a more focused examination of how Faulkner was promoted as an American asset in the Cold War cultural battle, see Lawrence H. Schwartz's Creating Faulkner's Reputation: The Politics of Modern Literary Criticism. And finally, for more information on the FBI's policing of black writers and thinkers in the twentieth century, see F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature , Barbara Foley's Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and Richard Gid Powers's G-Men: Hoover's FBI in American Popular Culture.
66 minutes | 9 days ago
Jarett Kobek's I Hate the Internet
Dan Makes Kylie read Jarett Kobek's scree against our contemporary moment. Dan explains why I Hate the Internet is a valuable reflection of the way internet discourse has broken all of our brains, and Kylie attempts to process her frustration with Kobek's means to communicate his message.
27 minutes | 17 days ago
Lawrence Bonus: The NewlyReads Game
As a bonus episode accompanying last week's discussion of Women in Love, Dan tests Kylie's knowledge of D.H. Lawrence's sentence level style with another installation of The NewlyReads Game! Check out our Instagram @thenewlyreads if you want to read the passages and test your close-reading knowledge before we reveal the answers, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you did.
68 minutes | 23 days ago
D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love
Kylie makes Dan read D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love (1920). Together, they discuss the novel's place in the Modernist canon, explore its depiction of a restrictive and generally doomed Britain in the wake of WWI and industrialization, and acknowledge that sometimes you really do have to karate chop a demonic rabbit. Follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads or drop us a line at email@example.com !
34 minutes | a month ago
Nabokov Bonus: Introducing The NewlyRead Game!
In the bonus episode on Nabokov's Pale Fire, Kylie and Dan discuss what characterizes Nabokov's sentence-level style. Then, they debut The NewlyReads game, a passage identification quiz designed to test the knowledge of the host who chose the novel under discussion. Can Dan identify which one of three passages comes from Pale Fire, and earn bonus points for ID-ing the authors of the other two passages? Can you, dear listener? Check out our Instagram page @thenewlyreads to see the quiz passages. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you did!We'll be back in two weeks, after a short spring break, to discuss D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love.
63 minutes | a month ago
Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Dan makes Kylie read Nabokov's fictional scholarly edition of a poem by a fictional poet--it's fiction on fiction on fiction! They discuss the thin line between scholarship and conspiracy theories on Pale Fire, speculate on why Nabokov is rarely taught in English classes, and share anecdotes on why close reading is a helluva drug.
26 minutes | 2 months 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.
76 minutes | 2 months ago
Jeff Vandermeer's Borne
It's a podcast with a face! This week, Kylie has Dan read an author known with putting human faces on any old thing and calling it scary. Which, strangely, works every time.
23 minutes | 2 months 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 | 3 months 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
73 minutes | 3 months ago
Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys
Kylie has Dan read Colson Whitehead's 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys. After Kylie shares the story of the inscription on her copy of John Henry Days, the NewlyReads discuss why Whitehead frequently baffles critics and where his career might be going next.For more on the historical research that informs the novel, go to www.theofficialwhitehouseboys.org
118 minutes | 4 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 | 4 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.
72 minutes | 5 months ago
Adrienne Rich's Diving Into the Wreck
The NewlyReads do poetry! This episode we discuss why feminism is rockstar-level awesome, the caves under New York City (populated by monsters? I don't know, but probably), the newest biography of Adrienne Rich, and why poetry can make us sweat. A note about the end of the episode: We had a problem at the very end of the recording, so we learned that our announcement of the next episode was cut off! Tragedy. It's The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James, though!
98 minutes | 5 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 | 6 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!
89 minutes | 6 months ago
Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast
Dan makes Kylie read Paul Theroux's 1981 novel about a man who drags his family down with him as he pursues his dream of total self-sufficiency. Hopefully Dan doesn't have similar plans for Kylie and their cat children... Come on a journey upriver as The NewlyReads debate whether Allie Fox is an interestingly flawed character or just a tiresome egomaniac, examine how Theroux's travel writing clarifies the novel's ideas, and decide whether ice is really civilization. Thanks to a generous grant from Indiana University, we were able to make a major equipment upgrade. Starting with this episode, you can hear us even more clearly as we argue about critical theory and character arcs! Follow us on Instagram @thenewlyreads or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
71 minutes | 7 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 | 7 months ago
Announcing Season 2!
The NewlyReads will return on October 2!
86 minutes | 9 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 email@example.com
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