Literary feuds, aging pro-wrestler memoirs, Labatt Blue, Henry James’ classic story “The Middle Years,” wondering if we’ve done enough with our lives … it’s just another day at WITTScast HQ. Come join us.
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Topics & Reading Discussed
- Dencombe figures out how to write just as he’s dying in Henry James’ story “The Middle Years.” Figures.
- Was this piece in McSweeney’s about Jon? (No, seriously.)
- Jon’s story “White Freightliner” is featured in the anthology Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. Go get it!
- Look for friend of the show Chris Feliciano Arnold’s book The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st-Century Amazon from Picador in 2017.
- Leon Edel’s Henry James: A Life (much like Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound) is not only a fine literary biography, but is also just a great read for any writer interested in craft.
- Fructify: to bear fruit; to become fruitful
- Like a lot of James’ work, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations holds up nicely for modern readers. (BTW, did you know there’s a manga version?)
- If you’re reading Ayn Rand past your reckless youth, it may be time to reassess some things.