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Episode 5: Mat Johnson, Pym

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For this episode, Tom and Mike dig into Mat Johnson’s Pym: A Novel, a book the New York Times named one of their top five novels of 2011. Will it hold up to the rigorous scrutiny of the Book Fight Basement? Only one way to find out!

Discussion of the book leads Mike and Tom to consider what it is they look for from novels more generally, and what kind of experience they want from fiction. Also: the first installment of Listener Mail!

As always, you can download the episode below (right click, save as) or listen here on our website by clicking on the little media-player thingy below. You can also download the episode through iTunes by clicking on the ‘Subscribe’ tab at the top of the page.

Download Episode 5: Mat Johnson, Pym

This episode features a song by the band Shark?, whose music you can check out here.

Here’s a link to the New York Times book review referenced in the episode. And to Tom’s angry screed about stupid questions.


Author: mikeingram25

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