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Episode 209: New Year’s Special!

Happy New Year, Book Fight family! Before we even get into this week’s episode, we’d like to thank all of you for spending time listening to our show in 2017. It was a pretty shitty year! We hope our show brought you some small amount of entertainment, or at least a brief weekly distraction from the news. We both joke sometimes about how the show is dumb, or it’s a lot of work, but the truth is we really enjoy making it, and it’s been cool to connect with so many listeners over the last few years. So thanks!

Anyway, now that we’re done with the sappy shit, let’s get on to this week’s episode, which caps off the 2017 holiday season. We spent a long time trying to find something New Year’s-themed to read for the show, and we finally landed on the Charles Lamb essay “New Year’s Eve.” Though, as usual, we spend just as much time talking about other things: that “Cat Person” story in The New Yorker that was all the rage for a while there; the failed New Year’s Eve parties of our youth; and a very earnest elevator podcast Mike has (inexplicably) listened to several episodes of lately.

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.

If you like the show, please consider subscribing to our Patreon, which helps offset our costs and allows us to keep doing the podcast each week. In exchange for $5, you’ll also get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we discuss the wide world of romance novels.

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Episode 204: Ann Beattie, “The Women of this World”

This year, listeners, we’ve decided to give you a mini-season themed around the holidays. We’re starting with Thanksgiving, and this Ann Beattie story, “The Women of this World,” first published in November 2000 in The New Yorker. Mike really loved Ann Beattie’s stories, back when he was in college and first taking creative writing classes, so he was curious to see if her work would still work on him in the same ways.

In the second half of the episode, we dive back into the NaNoWriMo forums, to see what kind of help this year’s crop of writers is looking for.

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.

If you like the show, you can subscribe to our Patreon, which helps offset our costs and allows us to keep doing the podcast each week. In exchange for $5, you’ll also get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we discuss the wide world of romance novels.

Stream Episode 204:

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Thanks for listening!