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Episode 58: Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question

This 2010 novel won the Man Booker prize, though at least one of us might have thrown it across his living room. We talk about funny novels vs “comic novels,” Jewishness, when it’s okay to give up on a book, and middle-aged male novelists who can’t stop writing about their penises.

Finkler cover

Mike also has a new installment of Fan Fiction Corner, which includes examples of “alternate universe” TV fanfic, plus … well, spanking. Though maybe not the kind of spanking you’re expecting.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, download the mp3 file, or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can listen to all our back episodes and subscribe (for free) so you never miss a new one. You can buy Mike’s recommendation–Jason Isbell’s new solo album, Southeastern–here, on vinyl, CD, or MP3. While we’re not always big fans of Amazon, they’ve got pretty good deals on vinyl, their MP3 files don’t come encoded with all the restrictive iTunes nonsense, and we recognize that not everyone has a good record store within walking or driving distance. For book purchases, check out Powell’s online store, by clicking on the book cover above, or any of the links around our site. You get to support an indie book store without leaving your house, and we get a little on the back end. Win win!


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