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


William Carlos Williams

This is Just to Podcast

David Loehr and I will not be making the obvious joke that is just sitting there

and which you were probably expecting for a podcast about WCW

Forgive me I am not a hack

John McCoy with David J. Loehr, Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz and Jessica Epstein

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Waiting for Godot

Nobody comes, nobody goes, but every few weeks we have a podcast, like this one where Brian Hamilton tries to make sense of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

John McCoy with Brian Hamilton



Marina McCoy talks about Ulysses yes and Joyce and Ireland yes and jessamine and geraniums and cactuses yes and shall I wear a red yes

John McCoy with Marina McCoy


Ender’s Game

Can’t we play Catan instead? Liz Riegel joins to discuss that most emo young adult novel, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

John McCoy with Liz Riegel and Jason Snell


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hope you like the Smiths. Hayden Gibson discusses the modern classic of introvert life, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

John McCoy with Hayden Gibson and Brian Hamilton


Little House in the Big Woods

Wolves, fiddles, maple candy, and manifest destiny. Lisa Schmeiser discusses Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

John McCoy with Lisa Schmeiser and Kelly Guimont


A Streetcar Named Desire

Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour, but an hour spent discussing Tennessee Williams’s best-known play? Gena Radcliffe guest hosts.

John McCoy with Gena Radcliffe and Shannon Campe


Winesburg, Ohio

Small towns aren’t all fun and games and Journey songs. Erin Gambrill discusses Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919).

John McCoy with Erin Gambrill and David J. Loehr


A Farewell to Arms

If the world is in no special hurry to kill you, why not join Jason Snell to discuss war, love and vermouth? It’s Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

John McCoy with Jason Snell



Glenn Fleishman returns to the show to discuss today’s modern Prometheuses. It’s the long-awaited episode on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818-31).

John McCoy and Glenn Fleishman with Moisés Chiullan


Alas, Babylon

Time enough at last…to read novels about nuclear Armageddon! Jelani Sims guests to discuss Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon.

Jelani Sims

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