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Winter of Wayback: 1941

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This week we’re reading Kay Boyle’s short story “Defeat,” which won an O’Henry award in 1941. If you’re a subscriber to the New Yorker, you can read the story here, in their online archives. If not, you’ll have to find it in one of her story collections (we read it in a library copy of Thirty Stories, which seems to be out of print these days).

In addition to the story, we talk about a number of 1941’s big events, including the first televised broadcast of the Mummers parade in Philadelphia, an alien encounter that was almost certainly real, the time-traveling hipster, an attempt to create a new Western state called “Jefferson,” and the world’s longest coma. Spoiler alert: that last one is a real goddamned bummer.

Also, Tom does some live research on Wallis Simpson, who the Mummers spoofed for her “dental troubles,” and whose life is worthy of at least a full episode of some other podcast.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, download the mp3 file, or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another installment. we’d love to get your feedback on what we talked about. You can email us, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site. If you like the show, tell your friends. And give us some damn money!


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