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


The Martian Chronicles

You’re the Martian now, Dog! Jason Snell discusses frontiers and sad houses in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles (1950).

John McCoy with Jason Snell and David J. Loehr

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A Christmas Memory

It’s fruitcake weather! John and Marina discuss memory, dog bones, and kites in Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” (1956).

John McCoy with Marina McCoy


The Way of All Flesh

It’s a big long book about Victorian religion and railroad investments! Daniel Reifferscheid discusses Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh (1903).

John McCoy with Daniel Reifferscheid


Casey at the Bat

There is no joy in Mudville. My brother Dan discusses “Casey at the Bat” (1888). Happy Thanksgiving!

John McCoy with Dan McCoy


The Bear

And still bellowing he came. Jacob Haller discusses William Faulkner’s “The Bear” (1942).

Jacob Haller


Mrs. Dalloway

Does anybody really know what time it is? Zach Powers discusses Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

John McCoy with Zach Powers and Jean MacDonald


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

I promise we won’t make any jokes about losing our heads. Sarah Ifft Decker discusses Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

John McCoy with Sarah Ifft Decker


The Sword in the Stone

We didn’t mention that the titular Sword is not the same thing as Excalibur because you already knew that. Rosalynde Vas Dias discusses T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone (1938).

John McCoy with Rosalynde Vas Dias


The Wind in the Willows

There is nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats, except maybe messing about in podcasts. Erin Gambrill discusses The Wind in the Willows.

John McCoy with Erin Gambrill and Kelly Guimont



John Siracusa returns to discuss Edwin Abbott’s Flatland (1884). Will it give us a new perspective or will it leave us flat? (Spoiler, John hated it.)

John McCoy with John Siracusa


Fifth Business

After four failed IPOs, we’re sure this one will work! Dan McCoy discusses Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business (1970).

Dan McCoy

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