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TMR 14.4: “Who Made the Rules” [J R]

Ryan Chapman (Riots I Have Known) joins Chad and Brian to crap on Jonathan Franzen’s “famous” “essay” about Gaddis, “Mr. Difficult.” They also talk about the casual sexism present in so many of the male characters, the parallels and reversals connecting various scenes, just how funny and readable this book is, and the relationships between kids and adults in J R. 

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch the next episode on Wednesday, January 13th where you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here’s where you can find the complete reading schedule.

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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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