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Episode 126: Gary K. Wolf, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

What’s up, book nerds? We’ve got a weird one for you today, as we dive into the novel that inspired the beloved 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The novel, first published in 1981, is quite different from the film. It’s darker, for one thing. It also includes a wish-granting genie, some allegories about American racism, and a couple weird cheap shots at Persians.

The book was foisted upon us by our guest, Jen A. Miller, author of the recent memoir Running: A Love Story. She was a fan of the movie, and had been meaning to check out the book for a long time. We talk with Jen about whether the book is funny or tiresome, and speculate about the work that went into adapting it for the screen. They had to turn Roger Rabbit white, for one thing.

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In the second half of the show, we talk with Jen about why she started running, street harassment, and how she became identified with the phrase “whore pants.” We also talk about her experiences as a freelance writer, and how difficult it is to predict which of your stories might go viral.

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