Episode 38: Summer Vacation Essays


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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