A podcast about your 10th grade reading list, hosted by John McCoy.


Flowers for Algernon

I no I wil be smart won day. Until thin I will diskus Daniel Keyes’s epistolary novel Flowers for Algernon (1966) with Jason Snell.

John McCoy with Jason Snell

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Please invite in Jelani Lee and Matt Skuta to discuss Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). We can’t start until you do.

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George Orwell Essays

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