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Summer of Love: Lorrie Moore, “How to be an Other Woman

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This week, we’re revisiting a story from Lorrie Moore’s debut collection, Self-Help. We try to pin down what it is we find so charming about Moore’s writing voice, and why we both consistently teach her stories. We also debate the relative ethics of adultery, and give advice to a listener who has concerns about an impending wedding.

Also, Mike explores another love song, this one with some tenuous personal connections, and Tom explores whether it’s possible for your pet to love you back.

Dog-lovers will be happy to read about a study of dogs’ brain activity in response to seeing their owners (and also this story). Here’s a somewhat inspiring, if depressing, list of 6 famously loyal dogs. And, if you have database access, this article is a pretty interesting exploration of the motivations for pet ownership.

We should note that we recorded this episode before we found out we’d won a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award. You can see some photos of the event, and the two of us in tuxes, at our Facebook page. Thanks so much to the award sponsors, and to the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia, for hosting the swanky event.

As always, we’re happy to hear what you think about the stuff we talked about this week. You can email us directly, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site.

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