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TMR 13.5: “The Accursed Children” [ADA, OR ARDOR]

A family dinner, a picnic in the woods—what could be more innocent? Well, in Ada, or Ardor, everything is tinged with a baseline feeling of “kind of creepy,” especially the “passionate pump-joy exertions.” Chad and Brian break it all down, talking about Demon, unraveling Nabokovian puns, finding subtle hints about Van’s true parentage, and, at the end, unveiling Season 14’s book.

This week’s music is Will Butler’s “Close My Eyes.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch episode 6 live next Wednesday where you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements.

Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.

Be sure to order Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.

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