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Episode 35: James Salter, All That Is

Our guest this week, Dave Thomas, is a former student of Tom’s, not the founder of Wendy’s. He stops by the basement to talk about James Salter’s new novel, Tom’s teaching style, and how we pick books.


Talking points include: showing versus telling, narrative expectations, horse ejaculate, writing about sex, Jaleel White as Jason Booty, and the erotic power of freshly baked bread.

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the mp3 file. Or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe and never miss another episode.

Also! There’s still time to sign up for a summer workshop with your favorite Book Fight host. Both Tom and Mike are teaching classes for Barrelhouse that will begin on June 1. Register now.

Also also! Barrelhouse is running a joke contest, as part of its upcoming comedy issue, so send us your jokes!


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