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Episode 194: Summer of Selfies, Kevin Fanning (No More Selfies: A Kardashian Dystopia)

This is the last week for our Summer of Selfies, and we’re turning our attention to a story about selfies. It’s also fan fiction (depending on how one defines fan fiction), so it was probably inevitable we’d want to read it. Kevin Fanning, who was recently profiled in The Boston Globe, first made his name on Wattpad with a story called Kim Kardashian: Trapped In Her Own Game. The story we read this week, which is still being regularly updated by the author, also involves Kim Kardashian, this time as a “terrorist” celebrity who continues posting selfies even after President Krump has declared them illegal.

That probably sounds goofy, and the story is certainly funny, but it also offers some surprisingly serious social and political commentary.

In the second half of this week’s show, we’ve got some literary raccoon news, plus another installment of Millennial M0m3nt. What is America’s most maligned generation killing off this week?

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Episode 60: Kevin Canty, Into the Great Wide Open

This week’s book, Kevin Canty’s first novel (published in 1996), is one of Mike’s favorites. We talk about what makes you return to a book, what it is Mike finds so beautiful and heartbreaking in this story of doomed teenage love, and whether Tom is on board with declaring this a great book.


We’ve also got a new installment of Fan Fiction Corner, during which we take a look at Wattpad, a free app that allows writers to post their work and get instant feedback from others. Not all the work on Wattpad is fan fiction, but a lot of it is. You can read the New York Times article we discussed here. Also, Mike managed to dig up some fan fiction about NBC’s hit show The Voice, which will make one to three of our listeners very happy.

A couple bits of self-promotion. You can read Tom’s ongoing series about daytime talk shows on his site. Mike has a new story, “The Ruling Classes,” in the new issue of December Magazine, and an essay called “A Curious Inheritance” in the spring issue of The North American Review.

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