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Episode 233: Summer of Spouses!


This week we’re starting our new summer season, in which we’ll read work by the less-famous halves of writer couples. To kick it off, we discuss an essay called “Envy” by Kathryn Chetkovich, in which she writes about the crippling jealousy she felt after her boyfriend, Jonathan Franzen, published a little book called The Corrections. The essay caused a bit of a lit-world stir when it came out in 2003 from Granta.

We also talk about the upcoming season, and why we’re interested in exploring these spousal relationships. Plus, Tom reads tweets to Mike against his will.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file. You can also find us in the iTunes store, or in just about any app you might use to listen to podcasts.

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Author: mikeingram25

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3 thoughts on “Episode 233: Summer of Spouses!

  1. 233 did not show up .. Is there a problem?

    • What podcast app are you using? It dropped normally into the one I use (Downcast), and the link on this post will play it (at least for me). So I’m not sure what the issue would be, unless maybe it’s specific to a certain app?

  2. I use ITunes. It dropped about five minutes ago. Just dropped for some other ITunes users as well.

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