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Episode 385: Elisa Gabbert

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We’re joined by Elisa Gabbert (The Unreality of Memory) to discuss Benjamin Labatut’s When We Cease to Understand the World, a book that is mostly nonfiction–about scientists whose discoveries pushed them in the direction of madness–with some fictional flourishes. We talk about genre distinctions, reading works in translation, and why fall is the best season.

We also rope Elisa into helping us answer a couple questions from the NaNoWriMo forums about naming cars and what life is like under the sea.

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