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Bonus Episode: Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook


Well, listeners, it’s finally here. You wanted it. You voted for it. And we’ve delivered: a special bonus episode on the best-selling novel by Tom’s nemesis and America’s sweetheart, Q. Will Mike be won over by the author’s inspirational, Horatio Alger-like success story? Will we learn valuable life lessons from the book’s protagonist, as he tries to overcome his traumatic brain injury and dance his way into our hearts? Will Tom’s head explode? Will he punch Mike in the face?


We talk about the book’s treatment of both race and mental illness, and how the book might serve as a “playbook,” if you will, of how to write a successful commercial novel. We also talk about Tom’s rage, football, quirky female love interests, Indians’ beer choices, and afros. We also hear from our listener poll runner-up, Ravi Mangla, whose novel, Understudies, you can–and should!–buy directly from the Outpost 19 website.

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the episode as an mp3 file. Or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can download our entire back catalog and subscribe so that you never miss another episode. We welcome your feedback on the show. You can email us, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site.

Thanks for listening!


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9 thoughts on “Bonus Episode: Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

  1. I wasn’t surprised to see that this episode goes for over 90 minutes! It was fantastic. I did think that Tom’s head would explode at one stage. Tom has every right to voice his opinion on every middle-of-the-road, write-for-masses type of novel out there. I know I want more from a novel. David O. Russell wrote the screenplay and I wonder (since he did also manage to write American Hustle) whether he agrees with you about the somewhat ridiculous character of the therapist. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be appalled by this character and I honestly believe no one else knew what to do with it either.
    Another great episode.

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