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TMR 14.6: “A Strolling Game of Pocket Billiards” [J R]

Chad and Brian go it alone this week, and prove that even the most claustrophobic sections (trigger warning for anyone who grew up with hoarders) of J R are also riotously funny. They also don’t understand money or business, but no one else in the book seems to either . . . There’s also a lot of talk about Gibbs’s footwear issues.

This week’s music is “Laugh Track” by Ben Hopkins, one of the greatest songs of 2020.

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One response to “TMR 14.6: “A Strolling Game of Pocket Billiards” [J R]”

  1. Bob Gardner says:

    Harpers published a piece from JR around the time the book was published in 1975. It’s from this part of the book. It’s set in the 96th St apartment and features Bast and Rhoda. It’s worth tracking down for the illustrations.
    I am enjoying the podcasts a lot, especially your guessing about what is going to happen to various characters.
    Eigen is supposed to be Gaddis but despite the author’s intention, I think Gibbs, who is supposedly modeled on someone else, is the character that Gaddis inhabits.

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