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Episode 147: Fall of Food, Stuart Dybek (“Pet Milk”)

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Do you like food? Do you eat it several times a day in order to live? Then you’ll love this next season of Book Fight! For the next few months we’ll be reading stories and essays in which food plays a prominent role, and we’ll also be talking about various food-related topics. This week: Stuart Dybek’s “Pet Milk,” a story in which food is just one element of a swirling nostalgia for lost youth, lost love, and a version of Chicago that no longer exists.

We also spend some time talking about our own childhood food memories, and meals for which we feel some nostalgia. Plus, both of us brought in a nostalgic snack to try.

Here’s a photo of Stuart Dybek, taken just moments after he ate a delicious meal:


As always, we’d love to hear what you thought about the episode, and our various ill-informed opinions. You can email us, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment right here on the site. If you’ve got suggestions for stories or essays we should read, or snacks we should try: ditto.

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Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

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One thought on “Episode 147: Fall of Food, Stuart Dybek (“Pet Milk”)

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