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Summer of Shorts Episode 8: Moore and Jobs

Well, Book Fighters, you knew this day had to come. The summer is officially over, and with it the Summer of Shorts has to come to an end. But don’t fret! If you’ve fallen in love with shorts, and the shorts lifestyle–the ease of movement, the gentle breeze on your exposed knees–this week we’re exploring some careers that might allow you to wear shorts all year long.

We’ve also got a final short story, this one by Lorrie Moore. “People Like That Are the Only People Here” can be found in Moore’s story collection Birds of America. Or, if you’re a New Yorker subscriber, you can read it on their website.

If there are jobs we left out, please let us know in the comments. Also, if you’ve got suggestions for our next seasonal project–we discuss a couple options at the end of this week’s show, but we’re still workshopping them, and we’re open to feedback. And of course we’re always happy to hear what you think about the ideas raised in the episode, your opinions on the story, or anything else you want to throw our way. You can email us, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site.

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another installment. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 44: Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper

This week we welcome back Justin St. Germain, author of the memoir Son of a Gun (click on that link to buy his book from Powell’s) and picker of this week’s book, a novel that’s largely about writing a novel, and which lots of smart people have called genius. We talk about metafiction, audience, and the sorts of books that can bring on writerly paralysis.


Thanks to everyone who came out to the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections writing conference this past weekend in Philadelphia. It was great to meet lots of new people and see so many familiar faces. If you missed the conference, we’ll be doing it again in the spring in Washington, D.C., so stay tuned for that.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe and never miss another episode. While you’re there, please consider leaving us a rating and a review, which will help us reach new listeners.


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Episode 13: John Barth, On With the Story

This week, your loyal Book Fighters try to figure out how they could have such different responses to the same book. One of us found the metafictional elements of On with the Story delightful, while the other found them smug and unfunny. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Will the podcast finally come to blows? Will yet one more friendship be ruined by literature? Continue reading