EPISODE 38: SUMMER VACATION ESSAYS

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    This week, the Disco trio reflects on the end of summer with two classic essays Julia selected.

    First up, E.B. White’s short and moving trip back to his childhood vacation spot, Once More to the Lake (which can be found in its entirety, here).

    And then, David Foster Wallace gets a well deserved lengthy discussion regarding his hysterical, career-making article about the miserable week he spent on a cruise ship: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. Which, perhaps inevitably, leads Julia, Rider and Tod to share their personal cruise ship horror stories.

    What is America’s obsession with vacation? Why is summer so meaningful in our lives? Why is Tod singing Toni Braxton?

    These questions and more…


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2 Responses to Episode 38: Summer Vacation Essays

  • Cory wrote on September 23, 2013 at 3:06 //

    So I read “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” on the first day of the only cruise I ever took (and probably will ever take). Since I wasn’t really looking forward to the [Carnival] cruise in the first place, I think it just made me analyze where I was more than I should have… maybe I should have waited until the end. I mean, my group of friends got booed for “cheating” at a game of Scattergories where the prize was a plastic cruise ship! Worst vacation ever.

    And by the way, Outlander is not the best book ever but it’s also not really a romance or fantasy – those are minor elements in comparison to the bulk of the book and the series, which is pretty dense and heavily researched historical fiction that happens to have a more modern character. FYI 🙂

  • Becky wrote on September 25, 2013 at 2:07 //

    I am a D.Gabaldon fan, I’ll admit that up front. And I will admit that the first book is somewhat of a historical fiction, well-written, bodice-ripper. However, the sequels are very well-written, and the character development is extraordinary. She honed her writing skills quickly, and the historical research is impressive. Yes, there is a romance as one story line, but it’s only a one aspect of the novels. If your mind is open, you might give them a try.