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TMR 13.6: “Star Rats and Space Aces” [ADA, OR ARDOR]

Chad and Brian wrap up Part One of Ada, or Ardor—which features a duel, multiple deaths, an existential diatribe, and canes—and move onto Part Two, which is very Pynchon-esque. They get to dive into Van’s “philosophical novel,” ideas of time, questions about Terra, and much more. This episode is as fun and wild as the book itself!

This week’s music is “Riding Solo” from the Spanish indie rock band Hinds.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch episode 7 live next Wednesday where you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements.

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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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