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    I know, it’s a bit confusing, but some tech issues with Episode 123 means we’re skipping it for now.

    Instead, we zoom to the future! It’s a Bookshelf Revisit episode with a game — a new game Tod is insisting we call “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” As if there isn’t already a game called that.

    But first, we get to hear all about Julia and Tod getting catfished, what children’s book Julia has rediscovered, Rider’s descent into the Empire of Illusion, and Tod’s recent interview with a very successful novelist who also happens to be his brother.



2 Responses to Episode 124: Bookshelf Revisit Summer 2018

  • Wendy MacNeil wrote on May 3, 2018 at 11:21 //

    I was extremely offended by the comment that Rider made in reference to Rupi Kaur, saying “you just picked the worst poet in the world.” Whether or not one enjoys this poets body of work, being #1 on the New York Time bestseller list is clear evidence that a multitude of people do. Although Rider certainly has a right to his opinion, this time it was at the expense of at least one long time listener. I don’t even read poetry, but this was a very pompous remark and I think Rider should take some time to reflect on that. It’s a deal breaker for me. As Maya Angelou said “When people show you who they are, believe them.” I will no longer being tuning in to the podcast

    • literarydisco wrote on May 15, 2018 at 5:34 //


      This is a very strange comment. Have you listened to the episode where we discussed Rupi Kaur at length? Obviously, I was joking and being hyperbolic here, but I also don’t see the logic of being “offended” by my opinion of someone’s artistic output. In fact, having an opinion, declaring my opinion, discussing my opinion, changing my opinions is kind of what I’m doing here…that’s the whole point of hosting a literary podcast.

      Kaur’s popularity is precisely why her work deserves MORE scrutiny, not less. I’ve read a lot of her work, given her a chance, and come to the conclusion that I think she writes bad poetry. I also don’t like Thor movies, I think Great Gerwig is a genius, I think Michael Mann is an awful film director. Do any of these opinions “offend” you? What is the purpose of declaring your emotional reaction — not a differing opinion — regarding MY opinion?

      What do you think of Kaur’s poetry? I would love to hear a good defense of her work, but from your own admission, you don’t read poetry. Which is why your comment is strange to me; you think I need to “reflect” on my opinion, but you don’t offer one of your own.

      I think what is happening here is actually indicative of something that bothers me about Kaur. She publicly positions herself as a fragile, emotional being, someone whose feelings and thoughts are under threat. I think it is this public persona, on top of her actual poetry, that has fueled her incredible popularity. It also, I think, contributes to the idea that criticism of her work is “offensive.”

      This isn’t really anything new, I think this happens a lot with poetry; people enjoy the idea of it or the idea of the poet-as-character — a sensitive, brilliant, wordsmith — more than they actually enjoy the work itself. I recently retweeted someone who made the joke that Charles Bukowski is identical to Kaur: very accessible poetry where the poet-as-character (in Bukowski’s case, a heavy drinking sensitive “tough guy”) is just as, if not more, important to the reader than the poems.

      I once heard a friend describe Kenny G’s music as “music for people who love jazz but can’t stand the way it sounds.” In the same vein, I think Rupi Kaur is poetry for people who love poetry but hate having to read it.

      I’m curious what you think.