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Fan's Notes
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August 16, 2017 07:23 AM PDT

This week we at long last delve into the Bard of Contempt herself, Flannery O'Connor, and her punishingly dark and comic worldview. At the 50 minute mark, we switch over to the teams that had the least inspired offseasons. Join us in two weeks for a discussion of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer.

August 04, 2017 06:19 PM PDT

This week, we read and discuss "Testimony of Pilot," from Airships, Barry Hannah's enduring book of short stories. We celebrate his electric, otherworldly prose and lament the needless and careless racist language that corrodes the collection. We're sticking in the south next week, when we turn to Flannery O'Connor's famous story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Find it online (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/goodman.html) and join us!

July 22, 2017 10:42 AM PDT

This week we discuss several stories from Joshua Ferris' new collection The Dinner Party, beginning with one called "In The Heart of the Dead." We keep it short and sweet on the basketball side, since this was the first slow week we've had in a while. Join us next week when we focus in on the great Barry Hannah; grab a copy of Airships and dig into "Testimony of Pilot."

July 14, 2017 06:04 PM PDT

It's 117 degrees in Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs kicked in and Lonzo Ball just hit another three. Or something. Summer League is here, so it seemed appropriate to read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson's paean to drugs and swine and the desiccated remains of the sixties. Our mileage varies! For next time, we'll discuss a story called "Life in the Heart of the Dead," from Joshua Ferris' new story collection The Dinner Party. Grab a copy and join us!

July 07, 2017 09:49 AM PDT

A terrifying stranger appears on the doorstep of 15-year old Connie, in Joyce Carol Oates' classic short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" (https://www.cusd200.org/cms/lib7/IL01001538/Centricity/Domain/361/oates_going.pdf). We discuss this harbinger of doom, who goes by the name Arnold Friend, and the harm he means to do for the first 36 minutes before turning our attention to the players who'll be popping up in different NBA landscapes after a flurry of free agency signings this week. Join us next week for a look at that hallucinatory adventure that is Las Vegas Summer League as well as a discussion of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

June 30, 2017 11:24 AM PDT

For this installment of the Short Corner, we read "The Semplica-Girl Diaries," (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/15/the-semplica-girl-diaries) from George Saunders' last book Tenth of December. Around the 39 minute mark, we pivot into winners and losers of the Draft and discuss the trade that sent Chris Paul to join James Harden on the Houston Rockets. Join us next week when we discuss Hunter S. Thompson's classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and look at the start of Summer League.

June 22, 2017 02:19 PM PDT

It's a megapod today, as we get into one of the greatest novels ever written, Vladimir Nabokov's shocking, exquisite, and nearly satanic Lolita. Around the hour mark, we evaluate the various prospects at the top of this year's draft class, and the ramifications of the massive trade of the first and third picks between Boston and Philly. Join us next week for a discussion of George Saunders' The Semplica-Girl Diaries (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/15/the-semplica-girl-diaries).

June 20, 2017 05:38 AM PDT

In today's episode, we discuss Annie Proulx's story "The Half-Skinned Steer" (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/11/the-half-skinned-steer/306168/), about an old man whose return to the ranch where he grew up proves unlucky. At the 41 minute mark we switch to the Finals, in which the Warriors skinned the Cavs, and wonder what, if anything, LeBron can do to beat them going forward. Next up is Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel Lolita, paired with the upcoming NBA Draft.

June 09, 2017 12:42 PM PDT

On this week's installment, we look at Donald Antrim's memoir The Afterlife, about the grip his alcoholic mother had on him both in life and after her death. It's gentle and sad and may mark a turning point for Antrim the writer. Around 42 minutes in, we move on to this lopsided NBA Finals, which should be put down mercifully before too long. Join us next week to read Annie Proulx's short story "The Half-skinned Steer," and in two weeks when we discuss Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.

June 01, 2017 01:14 PM PDT

Lynwood Robinson makes his return to the pod to help us preview the Finals and genuflect before the awesomeness of LeBron James. Are there limits to his greatness, or can he summon enough to vanquish the Durant-ful Warriors? Before Lynwood pops by, we spend the first 37 minutes or so chatting about the awesomeness of Lorrie Moore, through the lens of her classic story "You're Ugly, Too." Next week we'll be discussing Donald Antrim's memoir The Afterlife, so join us for that!

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