The Death of the Author
In this episode, we talk about the way an author’s life and actions affect our choice to read and our ability to enjoy that author’s work. Molly imagines a time before the internet, when Hemingway could wear dresses more privately. Sarah espouses a utilitarian moral relativism while pining for the Hogwarts videogame. Trey shamefully admits that he loves Chik-fil-A lemonade and chicken. And Dean imagines Jeffrey Dahmer writing a really good children’s book.
0:29: Should we consider the life of the author?
“We don’t want perfect people. That’s why Christian music is so shitty!”
6:41: Cancel Culture
“With the internet, there’s so much that we just can’t look away from.”
12:05: Private Reading vs. Institutional Works
Molly: “We all went to a liberal art college.”
Trey: “I didn’t.”
Molly: “I’m sorry to hear that.”
20:24: The Effects on our Reading
Molly: “It’s like Fight Club.”
Dean: “With the new introduction, I don’t think he understands his own work.”
29:57: A Book Too Far!
“What if Jeffrey Dahmer wrote a really good children’s book?”
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