This week we welcome another special guest to the podcast: writer, guitarist, high-school music teacher, and debut novelist Daniel DiFranco, whose book, Panic Years, comes out this Wednesday (but which you can go ahead and preorder, in paperback or for a Kindle). As is the Book Fight custom, we let Dan pick the book we read for this week’s episode, which was Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues. The book had a bit of a Tom Robbins vibe, which, given how things went when your hosts read an actual Tom Robbins novel, had us all a little nervous.
In the first half of the show, we talk about Reincarnation Blues, which concerns a man who is about to run out of the lives allotted to him by the universe, and has to either attain Perfection or face his soul being tossed off the cliff into Nothingness. Oh, also he’s having an affair with Death, who is a woman named Suzie. Did we find the book wise? Funny? Insufferable? Hokey? A fun romp? You’ll have to listen to find out.
In the second half of the show, we talk to Dan about teaching music to high school students, aging out of rock and roll, dads in cover bands, and why he used to think it would be cool to get struck by lightning.
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