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Episode 136: Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers


Do you like new episodes of podcasts? Well, friend, you’re in luck, because today we have a new episode of our podcast, Book Fight, which you can–and should!–listen to. We talk about Rachel Kushner’s second novel, The Flamethrowers, which was widely praised and also nominated for a National Book Award. We talk about some other things, too. Just listen to it! It’s great!


Look, here’s the thing: the one of us who is responsible for writing these posts may or may not have forgotten he needed to write it and then after spending all afternoon at a brewery with some friends arrived home and remembered he needed to write it, even though all he really wanted to do was maybe watch an episode of Gilmore Girls and go to bed, and so now he is writing it, but perhaps in a less-than-enthusiastic and, as a result, less-than-professional manner.

One of us is very, very sorry.

But the episode: it’s good! We talk about gender bias in the ways people talk about books. We talk about whether The Great American Novel is a gendered (and possibly outmoded) idea. We talk about some other things that the one of us writing this post can’t remember right now, off the top of his head, perhaps because a substantial portion of his head has been colonized by hops and malt. He also ate an artisanal pork roll sandwich, a thing he never imagined existed, and he also watched a turtle race, which is another thing he never imagined existed. Pennsylvania is full of surprises! This episode is also, probably, full of surprises. So you should listen to it!

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Thanks for listening!

Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

4 thoughts on “Episode 136: Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

  1. Not to be too blunt about sidewalk Jesus, but were you anywhere near an Planned Parenthood clinic? Sounds to me like the kind of thing someone would do if they were trying to make a political statement about abortion.

    • That’s a good question, but I wasn’t too close to anything, really (mostly residential street, with a smattering of restaurants and maybe a corner store). It was very confusing.

      • Well then that is really strange…I can see why you were confused. Half naked holy men in the street would confuse me too…is there a song in there somewhere? LOL

  2. Pingback: 2016: The Book Fight! Year in Review | Book Fight!

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