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36 minutes | Mar 23, 2019
Ep 30 - Michael Ondaatje's Warlight, William Shatner Is A Renaissance Man & Midgets v Little People
In this bizarre episode, Greg & Stephen discuss Michael Ondaatje's terrific new novel Warlight. But only after a fierce debate about William Shatner's status as a cultural icon (and his musical chops). After Warlight, everything goes off the rails - midgets, little people, P Diddy, Mark Wahlberg, college admissions scandal...nothing is sacred!
41 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
Ep 29 - Live From The Staples Center in LA, It's Hunga Dunga!
No books today! Live from the Staples Center, Greg and Stephen discuss bucket lists, Greg's trip to Vietnam and Adam's House Cat. Hunga dunga!
33 minutes | Mar 2, 2019
Ep 28 - Dong, Donuts & John Burdett's Bangkok 8
Everybody is Greg in this episode. Greg and Stephen discuss dong, Stephen rants about donuts and the guys talk about Bangkok 8 by John Burdett.
4 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
Ep 27.1 - Male Prostitutes, Handcuffs & Warren Zevon
Greg mourns Stephen's absence, does some housekeeping and listens to Warren Zevon.
27 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
Ep 27 - Blackface, Clickbait & Gene Editing
Abandoning their [mostly kept] vow to avoid politics, and lacking a book to discuss, Greg & Stephen dive right into the deep and treacherous waters of the blackface controversy raging in Virginia. Greg feels guilty about falling for clickbait, the guys briefly discuss gene editing...and Stephen has no idea what music he listened to this week.
30 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
Ep 26 - Patrick deWitt's French Exit, Cramps & Vacuum Cleaners
Stephen's weakest rant yet (vacuum cleaners, really?) precedes a discussion of the excellent French Exit by Patrick deWitt and a lively discussion about the music of The Cramps and Icelandic Christmas traditions (seriously!).
44 minutes | Jan 12, 2019
Ep 25 - A Confederacy Of Dunces, Facial Hair & DMT
In this return after a 4 month hiatus, Greg & Stephen discuss A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (and The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing), Greg's top 5 albums of 2018, Joe Rogan and DMT and Greg's awful facial hair situation.
32 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
Ep 24 - Judy Juanita's Virgin Soul & How To Get From Soupy Sales To A 70s Band Called Paris
In this episode, Greg & Stephen discuss Virgin Soul, Judy Juanita's semi-autobiographical novel about reaching adulthood as part of the Blank Panther Party movement and navigating college and life as a black woman. And a Soupy Sales song leads Greg to a 70s band called Paris.
35 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
Ep 23 - A Visit From The Goon Squad, Greg Gets Existential & Wine Is Delivered
In this episode Greg & Stephen discuss Jennifer Egan's fantastic book A Visit From The Goon Squad, Greg gets strangely and disjointedly existential and comes up with some terrible ideas for preppers.
29 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
Ep 22 - Differing Opinions On American Pastoral & Dreadlocks As Cultural Appropriation
Greg & Stephen are back after a vacation break to discuss American Pastoral by Philip Roth, whether white dudes with dreadlocks are guilty of cultural appropriation and just general catching up.
29 minutes | Jul 7, 2018
Ep 21 - Hernan Diaz's In The Distance, Charley Crockett Rocks, England Dives & Sweden Falls
In this episode Greg & Stephen talk about Hernan Diaz's fantastic In The Distance, a great Charley Crockett show and the World Cup. Condolences, Sweden!
30 minutes | Jun 30, 2018
Ep 20 - Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, Women Authors & Scandinavian Love
In this episode Greg and Stephen discuss Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, their failure to feature women authors on the podcast and their inexplicable but much appreciated popularity in Scandinavia.
28 minutes | Jun 22, 2018
Ep 19 - Kobo Abe, Melania Trump & Stephen Gets KO'd In Berlin
In this episode, Greg & Stephen talk about Kobo Abe's The Woman In The Dunes, Melanie Trump's jacket choices and Stephen's trip to Berlin.
32 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
Ep 18 - The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test & Bullying Is Okay
Ep 18 - In this episode, Greg and Stephen discuss Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the true story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Also, Stephen bullies Greg quite a bit in this episode.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2018
Ep 17 - Bookless & Stuck On A Desert Island With Nothing But Bacon
In this episode, Greg & Stephen go off the rails. Without a book to discuss, there is nothing to prevent endless perversion and fantasizing.
27 minutes | Jun 2, 2018
Ep 16 - Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Bob Dylan & Kneeling During the National Anthem
This week, Greg and Stephen discuss Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, what Greg is listening to (because no one cares what Stephen is listening to) and, finally, they go on their first political rant. Great fun was had by all.
23 minutes | May 24, 2018
Ep 15 - Michael Chabon, Buddhism & Sometimes a Tuba's Just a Tuba
This week Greg & Stephen talk about Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys (another great read), Buddhism, meditation and the fact that sometimes a tuba's just a tuba!
24 minutes | May 18, 2018
Ep 14 - Read All The Knut Hamsun You Can & Funk Isn't Dead
In this episode Greg & Stephen talk about Pan by Knut Hamsun, Childish Gambino, Jason Isbell and Shostakovich. Great book, highly recommended.
30 minutes | May 8, 2018
Ep 12 - Yann Martel, Facebook Sucks & Stephen Blows Dean Martin
Someone please break the tie for what book we will read for Episode 15! In this episode, Greg & Stephen talk about Yann Martel's High Mountains of Portugal, Neil Young, the Nazi assholes at Facebook, Stephen's Dean Martin dream and endowment for the arts.
29 minutes | May 3, 2018
Ep 11 - Sherman Alexie, Several Books & Taint Talk
This sweeping episode covers several books and is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Even if you're a hooker! We talk about Thelonious Monk, Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, George Orwell's 1984, Louise Penny and taints...there is a lot of taint talk in this episode.
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