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Summer of Shorts Episode 6: Alexie and Boxers

Welcome back to the Summer of Shorts! This week’s short story is Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” which you can read here, via the New Yorker. This week’s shorts are boxers. Trigger warning: We’re gonna talk about our underpants. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.


Talking points for the Alexie story include quests, potlatch culture, portrayals of Native Americans in popular culture, humor of the oppressed, and stories with built-in clocks. Talking points for boxers include the history of underwear, torsion, the pedophilic tendencies of Tom’s soccer coach, going commando, and Mike’s desire to keep his swimmers swimming.

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Thanks for listening!


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