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    Hello all,

    Hey, it’s new episode day! This week we welcome Mark Haskell-Smith, author of the hilarious Heart of Dankness, who shares Sarah Levine’s brilliant picaresque novel Treasure Island. We loved it. We also share some really good stuff from our bookshelves about being a starving, boxing circus freak who lives under a bridge. (Or at least, if we combined all of our recommendations into one book, that’s what it would be about. Someone write this!) And finally, Tod once again tries to stump Rider and Julia on what’s a real poem and what’s just Tod reading stuff in a ridiculous poet-y voice.



5 Responses to Episode 6: Treasure Island!!! and Poet Voice

  • Caitlin wrote on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 //

    The third poem selection seems like something that should be in Sara Levine’s book. Like the President should have called her after the tragic murder of the parrot.

    I also appreciated the novel more after hearing the discussion. As much as I was annoyed with the narrator, I also had several laugh out loud moments. I found myself questioning my sense of humor as well while reading, because if any of the stuff that I laughed at happened in real life, I would probably have been terrified (i.e. the murder, the sword fight, etc…). Yet, here I was laughing at the words on the page.

    Thanks for the good discussion and the good read.

  • Jennifer wrote on June 11, 2012 at 3:45 //

    I wish the musical mystery of who’s “so vain” could be solved. My hypothesis is Warren Beatty but to explain why I think this would take several days, a few pie charts and graphs, and I life-sized cut out of the handsome devil.
    The movie ideas I’ve come up with since I lost my job and had to resort to eating only once a day (usually nothing more than a piece of fruit or a granola bar) have been better than anything I’ve ever written in the past! It was hard to convince myself to start eating again. Actually, I evoked a little ‘Shawn Hunter’ while sitting in the lunchroom reading, surrounded by people eating high-octane crap, and suddenly stood up, shouted “EATERS!” and walked away.
    I have been obsessed with Freakshow culture since junior high. That and true paranormal stories of the Maritimes. We used to sit along the shore at night and wait for the ghastly glow of “The Burning Ship” to pass us on the Northumberland Straight! It never did, but it’s hard to tell as long as the rum supply doesn’t dip too low.
    I wonder if Mark considered Halifax as a city to visit while writing his book? On Canabis Day (incidentally this 420esque celebration happens to also be Canada Day) there is a cloud of Mary Jane so thick hanging over the city that the whole place is high as kytes by noon. Which is where the term High Noon originated 😉
    Lastly, would you prefer Robert Frost’s poetry voice? I put my entire class to sleep with an original recording of him reading “The Road not Taken”. Even the teacher!!

  • Laura wrote on June 16, 2012 at 6:07 //

    amazon.ca –> search: Treasure Island!!! —> add to cart.

  • Alicia wrote on July 18, 2012 at 9:53 //

    J, I am SO EXCITED you referenced “I Capture the Castle.” It’s one of my all-time favorite books, yet I’ve never met anyone else who has heard of it, let alone read it.

    • literarydisco wrote on July 23, 2012 at 2:30 //

      Isn’t it amazing? One of the best narrators I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with.