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Episode 51: Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

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This week we’re ringing in the new year by welcoming a special guest, our friend Joshua Isard, author of the novel Conquistador of the Useless. Our book this week is Josh’s pick, Philip Roth’s 2004 work of alternate history, a “false memoir” that imagines the Newark of Roth’s youth if Charles Lindbergh had won the 1940 presidential election.


We discuss the believability of the book’s plot (not a pun) and the continuing presence of anti-semitism in America. We also bring back our Sticks and Stones segment, now with a theme song!

This week’s episode is sponsored by Five Chapters, an online literary journal that’s recently begun publishing story collections, including Everybody’s Irish by Ian Stansel. Check out Ian’s book by clicking on that link, and check out Five Chapters, which publishes a new short story every week.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and never miss another episode. The show is also available via Stitcher, or a variety of podcasting apps.


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