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


Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street

Audrey Lazaro discusses Mellville’s 1853 story, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” one of the top three bits of scrivener fiction ever.

John McCoy with Audrey Lazaro

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The Egypt Game

No, I won’t make a Bangles joke. Erin Gambrill discusses Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game (1967).

John McCoy with Erin Gambrill


Bambi, a Life in the Woods

Bambi’s not so cute in this gritty new reboot. Glenn Fleishman discusses Felix Salten’s 1923 parable about what goes on in the woods. Also we talk a lot about copyright.

John McCoy with Glenn Fleishman


At the Mountains of Madness

Climb ev’ry mountain—except these mountains, they’re nuts. Phil Gonzales discusses H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” written in 1931 and published in 1936.

John McCoy with Phil Gonzales


Under Milk Wood

To begin at the beginning: David Loehr is back in the slow, black, crowblack, podcast-bobbing sea to discuss Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood (1954).

John McCoy with David J. Loehr


The Bell Jar

New Year’s is a time for optimism, but instead Christy Admiraal discusses Sylvia Plath’s 1963 roman √† clef, the Bell Jar. Also, John totally gets the dates wrong for this book’s complicated publishing history.

John McCoy with Christy Admiraal


Christmas Special: Gift of the Magi

But I sold my Zune to buy you this podcast! Marina and John discuss hair, watches, and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi.”

John McCoy with Marina McCoy


Thanksgiving Special: Burma-Shave

It’s turkey time / once again / Dan and Rob / dive right in / we discuss / Buma-Shave!

John McCoy with Dan McCoy and Rob McCoy


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a podcast, for example, where Bill O’Donnell discusses Jerome K. Jerome’s very silly Three Men in a Boat (1889).

John McCoy with Bill O'Donnell


Peter Pan

Grab on to your happy thought and join Shannon Campe in discussing James Barrie’s complicated children’s novel Peter Pan (1911), originally called Peter and Wendy.

John McCoy with Shannon Campe


Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River…wider than a mile. Okay, now that we have that out of our way, join Lisa Schmeiser as we discuss Edgar Lee Master’s poetic collection *Spoon River Anthology *(1915).

John McCoy with Lisa Schmeiser

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