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Episode 38: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

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Our first listener-requested episode! This 1989 novel was apparently a favorite of several fans of the show, who recommended we check it out. Will we like it as much as they did? Or will we disappoint them in the same manner we disappoint so many of our real-life friends? Geek Love was a finalist for the National Book Award, and it’s populated by genetically engineered circus freaks, so it can’t be all bad.


Talking points this week include: the importance of clarity, Mike’s lack of Star Trek knowledge, the proper uses of italics, and Itchy v. Scratchy.

If you’re interested in the writers’ conference we’ve been plugging on the show, you can get more information, and register, here. If you’d like to submit to Barrelhouse’s joke contest, you can do that via the Barrelhouse submissions page. If you’d like to argue with us, just leave a comment here, or send us an email. If you’d like to give us all your money (or some small portion of it) just click on the piggy back over there to the right. For a donation of $10 or more, you’ll get your very own custom blurb.

As always, the episode is available to stream right here on our site, or check us out in the iTunes store. While you’re there, please consider leaving us a rating (and a comment). Those help the show reach new people, through the fancy iTunes algorithm which we don’t entirely understand (we are book people, not algorithm people). We’re also happy to entertain feedback here in the comments section, or you can email us by clicking on the ‘Fight Back’ link at the top of the page.

Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

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