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Episode 5: Mat Johnson, Pym

For this episode, Tom and Mike dig into Mat Johnson’s Pym: A Novel, a book the New York Times named one of their top five novels of 2011. Will it hold up to the rigorous scrutiny of the Book Fight Basement? Only one way to find out!

Discussion of the book leads Mike and Tom to consider what it is they look for from novels more generally, and what kind of experience they want from fiction. Also: the first installment of Listener Mail! Continue reading