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Two Month Review: #5.03: FOX by Ugresic (“A Balancing Art”)

Tom Flynn from Volumes is back, surprising Brian, who mostly prepared for the podcast by Googling Croatian Fun Facts. World Cup banter and good natured ribbing aside, Chad, Brian, and Tom dig in to the first half or “A Balancing Art,” talking about immigration vs. tourism, literary conferences and celebrity, one of the best penis jokes ever, and much more. They look at some of the parallels between the first two parts and marvel at Ugresic’s genius in putting this novel together. Finally, they talk a bit about “Levin,” the Russian author who runs throughout this book . . .

You can watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Two Month Review channel and stop by next Monday, July 2nd at 9pm Eastern to discuss the second half of Part II of Fox, “A Balancing Art,” pages 76-109.

As always, Fox (and all the previous Two Month Review titles) is available for 20% off through our website. Just use the code 2MONTH at checkout.

Feel free to comment on this episode—or on the book in general—either on this post, or at the official GoodReads Group.

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There are two bits of music on this episode–the first was chosen by Rafa Montes, an Open Letter summer intern who is producing these podcasts, and the outro music is the theme music to Back to the Future, another great Michael J. Fox movie.



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