A dystopian Russian novel that explores life after a mysterious “blast” has turned back history, leaving a barely-literate population toiling in mind-numbing jobs and trapping rodents for currency. We try to put the book into some context, talk about Tolstaya’s other work, and Tom mulls a new segment that involves him watching terrible daytime television.
Talking points this week include: exclamation points, The View, Chernobyl, when history runs backwards, feminist icons, NBA basketball, rational decision-making, and totalitarian nightmares.
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