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Episode 34: Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

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Would you like to hear us talk about Disney World for thirty minutes? If so, this is the episode for you! Also, we dig into Cory Doctorow’s debut novel, in our continuing quest to broaden our reading horizons and check out some work outside our usual genre comfort zones.


Want to read the book? You can download it for free (legally!) from Doctorow’s website. You can even get an audiobook version. Or, if you’re old-fashioned, you can buy the paperback from Powell’s here: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.

Talking points for this episode include: the defeat of death, Facebook likes as currency, problematic premises, the Haunted Mansion, Mike’s childhood propensity for tears, carnival food, the Gravitron, and Battlestar Galactica (which you should really watch, because it is great; do you not like things that are great?)

Want to take a class with one of us? We’re each teaching an online workshop through Barrelhouse Magazine, starting June 1 and running for eight weeks. Get more info., and register, here.

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One thought on “Episode 34: Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

  1. Ok, so this podcast brought up two things for me.
    1. Direct quote from me, approximately age 13: “I prefer Epcot Center to Disneyworld because it is more educational.”
    2. The scariest ride in Disneyworld was not Space Mountain or The Flume. It was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in which you, as Mr. Toad, go through a series of shenanigans culminating in being run over head-on by a train and going to hell.

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