episode 1: reading obligations

Welcome to the first episode of  Go away, I’m reading, a podcast about books and reading. To kick things off, we talk about obligatory reading, the reading we’re required to do, and why we resist it, even if we inflict it on ourselves.

Please also enjoy creaks of door, clicks of pen, traffic, sirens, a cough.

 Books we reference, or sort of reference

  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg
  • The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Bret Easton Ellis and Other Dogs – Lina Wolff
  • The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  • How the Dead Dream – Lydia Millet
  • Song of Solomon –  Toni Morrison
  • Tenth of December – George Saunders
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers K – David James Duncan
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • The Origin of the Brunists – Robert Coover
  • My Struggle – Karl Ove Knausgård
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
  • The Quiet Girl – Peter Høeg
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  • The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
  • HHhH – Laurent Binet

Short stories

  • Barn Burning – William Faulkner
  • So Much Water So Close To Home – Raymond Carver
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver

Errata and mea culpas

We acknowledge that Isaac’s appreciation for Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translations of Russian novels is not shared by Janet Malcolm.

What we’re reading

  • Isaac: Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • Michelle: The Turner House – Angela Flournoy

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