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Fall of Failure Episode 7: Stefan Zweig and Failed Comebacks

In this, our penultimate Fall of Failure episode, we’re reading the Stefan Zweig story The Royal Game, which was the last piece of fiction ever published by one of the world’s most popular writers. Zweig mailed the story to his editor along with his completed autobiography and his suicide note. Zweig was living in Brazil at the time, in a self-imposed exile from his home country of Austria, in the midst of WWII.

We also talk about some failed comebacks: Hollywood comebacks, athletic comebacks, and the rather fascinating story of America’s late-19th-century Gum King.

Speaking of gum, here’s a link to one of the greatest–and most necessary–PowerPoint presentations of all time, as mentioned by Tom on this week’s show.

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