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Summer of Shorts Episode 6: Alexie and Boxers


Welcome back to the Summer of Shorts! This week’s short story is Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” which you can read here, via the New Yorker. This week’s shorts are boxers. Trigger warning: We’re gonna talk about our underpants. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.


Talking points for the Alexie story include quests, potlatch culture, portrayals of Native Americans in popular culture, humor of the oppressed, and stories with built-in clocks. Talking points for boxers include the history of underwear, torsion, the pedophilic tendencies of Tom’s soccer coach, going commando, and Mike’s desire to keep his swimmers swimming.

As always, you can stream the episode for free by clicking on the little player thingy below, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another episode.

Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

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2 thoughts on “Summer of Shorts Episode 6: Alexie and Boxers

  1. It’s almost like a metaphor for Native/White relations that you don’t remember Jackson Jackson’s name in the story even though he tells you it quite a few times.

  2. Yeah, that was a regrettable error, especially for someone who has read the story at least 7 times.

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