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Episode 145: Summer of Second Chances, Matthew Quick (“Don’t Hate Them Very Much”)


It’s the last week of our summer season, listeners, and we’ve got a special one to close it out. As long-time fans of the show will remember, Tom has occasionally taken issue with Matthew Quick’s work, his life, and basically his whole “thing.” So we thought that reading one of Quick’s early publications, originally featured in Agni, would provide a good chance for Tom to open up his heart and give “Q” a second chance.

You can read Quick’s story for free online, via Agni.

If you’re a newer listener, and you’re curious about Tom’s beef with Q, you can check out this free bonus episode from April 2014, in which we talk about their history and also Quick’s breakout book, The Silver Linings Playbook.

Here’s a picture of the storyteller in his natural habitat.


In the second half of this week’s episode, we eat some Pop Tarts and talk about them. Look, we never promised this show was 100% about writing and literature. Sometimes you just want to eat some breakfast pastries and try to figure out which flavor is least disgusting.

If you have opinions about Pop Tart flavors–and we suspect that nearly all of you do–you can send us an email, or leave a comment on the site, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. So many options! It’s sort of exhausting just thinking about it.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 145: Summer of Second Chances, Matthew Quick (“Don’t Hate Them Very Much”)

  1. The Face-Replace cross the line from being a blurb to a full-fledged, story. My amusement at the initial premise turned to horror, and then deep contemplation about my own face–how it feels, the terrible understanding that no one I know considers or understands my face the way I do. It is a wonderful story.

    I read “Do Hate Them Very Much” and can’t agree on your “cultural appropriate” critics. It is a brief, lyrical piece, that works well for me. I’ve often thought all good writing is really just reporting. Many writers are more than capable of reporting on events and experiences they haven’t live; only witnessed, or gathered the truth of, even if from people long dead. I don’t mean for this last part to sound like a “sick burn” or some petty shit like that, but I sometimes think people who lack the ability to write a certain type of story assume everyone else lacks the same ability.

    Anyway, good show.

  2. Hello! I think you’re underplaying the Iraq War part of Quick’s story. Just as the protagonist imposes a Pakistani as the man who nearly ran down his friend when he was a kid, the Iraqis are going to blame the US soldiers, even though the driver at fault was Pakistani, and the person dealing with them is Indian. I read it as exploring how prejudice sustains itself, regardless of truth or rationality. I also think it’s the US angle that gives him an in, because otherwise you’re right, this would be a particularly strange thing for a white American to write.

    I do agree that the only actual Indian thing about the protagonist is that he keeps reiterating his Indian-ness. You could swap Indian and Pakistani with virtually anything else, and the only details that would change are the languages.


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