Episode 41 – Get Biffed

Join us as we welcome Alex Byrd into the club to break the world record for longest cold open. We discuss The Hobbit, Christopher Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird 2: The Search for More Money, and more. Continue listening as we club Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.

Next books: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Pawpaw: In Search of Amercia’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore

Episode 40.3 – The Greatest Adventure: The Desolation of Elijah (Part 3 of 3)


Osgiliath could only hold so long against the wrath of Minas Morgul. Similarly, in this epic conclusion of our three-part discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again, we fail to keep Elijah’s wrath toward Peter Jackson’s film adaptation at bay.

Next book: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Episode 40.2 – The Greatest Adventure: Riddles From the Web (Part 2 of 3)


The epic saga continues in part two of The Greatest Adventure, wherein we continue our discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Look, some of you might say that this episode is completely unnecessary. You may also say that we just crammed in a bunch of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the book in order to stretch this thing out to three episodes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. We try our hand at a few riddles, listen to some fantastic songs from the Rankin/Bass animated film, and wrap up our discussion of the book. It’s more fun than a barrel of dwarves!

Episode 40.1 – The Greatest Adventure: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (Part 1 of 3)

In this opening episode of an epic three-part series, we begin the greatest adventure by discussing The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ansel, much like a certain wizard, guides us into the world of Middle Earth via the lens of the book, the Rankin/Bass animated film, and Leonard Nimoy’s masterful song, the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

Episode 39 – U.S.S.Arrgh!


Join us for our clubbing of The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker. You’ll learn all about the unstoppable widespread transfer of seamen.

Next book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Episode 38 – The Real Dangers of Southern Living


We make up our minds about Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White in this episode of Bookclub. Special thanks to friend of the show Matthew McConaughey for his help on this one.

Next book: The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker

Episode 37 – Freakin’ Shyamalanian


In this episode, we discuss The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. We enjoy(?) the worst thing on the internet, marvel at David Suchet’s performance as Poirot, discuss TV versus written mystery, and much more.

The episode naturally contains spoilers for the book.

Next book: Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers Of Southern Living by Bailey White

Episode 34 – The Deadliest Gamey


We’re joined this week by special guest conchist, Dereck Alred, as we paradoxically undress The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown. We also enjoy a controversial round of Is It KISS or AC/DC? So grab yourself a sweet, creamy pawpaw, have a seat next to the fire, and listen to the tale of some folks what got ate.

Next book: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner