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Two Month Review #6.9: The Book of Disquiet (sections 316-358)

This week David Smith—former Open Letter intern and current grad student at the University of Iowa—joins Chad and Brian to debate poetry vs. prose, separating the p.o.v. of Pessoa’s heteronyms from his own personal viewpoint, Soares’s morality and metaphysics, how to judge the quality of a translation, and much more. As a bonus, Brian shares his first ever work of erasure poetry!

As always, you can find the video for this episode on our YouTube channel, where we livestream the episodes. Next week’s podcast will cover sections 359-393 (pages 388-421 in the U.S. edition). Stay tuned for more details about the exact time.

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This season’s opening music is “E Às Vezes Dou Por Mim” by contemporary fado star Cristina Branco. And wow, Taking Back Sunday really sucks.



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