The Literate Loser #25

Another long, unintentional hiatus comes to an end as we finally pick Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio back up in the third chapter. Not too much personal stuff from the Literate Loser, but three reviews instead: one each of a film, a novel, and an album.

00:00 — 01:17 Hi!
01:17 — 03:46 Where I’ve been
03:46 — 13:10 Winesburg, Ohio: “Paper Pills”
13:10 — 13:39 Winesburg discussion
13:39 — 16:24 Lemony Snicket
16:24 — 21:30 Kristin Chenoweth
21:30 — 25:26 Adventureland
25:26 — 26:51 Nano Nano
26:51 — 27:14 Facebooking
27:14 — 28:55 Bye!

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The Literate Loser #24

The near-completion of my graduate thesis means a return to Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. There’s also time enough for a thesis update, a summary of the eHarmony situation, reflections on approaching 40, and a review of Swing Vote, the new Kevin Costner film.

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The Literate Loser #23

In this transitional episode, we wrap up our discussion of Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson and get right into our next selection, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. I wax somewhat philosophical on turning 39 years old, and talk a little bit about an addition to my daily routine. Hint: It has to do with looking good naked.

00:00 — 01:07 Hello!
01:07 — 12:34 Discussion and closing thoughts on Pudd’nhead Wilson
12:34 — 23:46 Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio: Choosing it, and then reading the first chapter
23:46 — 30:02 On the edge of 40
30:02 — 32:22 Wrap

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The Literate Loser #22

It’s the end of 2007, and at last, it is also the end of our reading of Pudd’nhead Wilson. The reading selection’s a little longer than usual, so the bonus material is limited here to some quick thoughts on 2007.

00:00 — 01:05 Hello.
01:05 — 35:51 Summary of chapter 20, Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson chapter 21 and conclusion, discussion questions.
35:51 — 38:47 A fond “eff you” to 2007.

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The Literate Loser #21: Microphone Problems

I had high hopes for this installment of the Literate Loser, but didn’t discover until I was pretty much done that I’d had problems with the USB microphone, and so I had to use the onboard microphone, which isn’t nearly as good. There’s quite a bit of noise here, but hopefully you can fight through that distraction and find something worthwhile here! I worked really hard on the copy, too! Arrrrrr.

We hit the second-to-last chapter of Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, and Wilson finally figures out what we’ve known since early on. Then I give a little update on my Masters thesis. Finally, I submit my Desert Island Ten, inspired by the lists offered at another podcast.

00:00 — 01:03 Hi!
01:03 — 20:18 Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, chapter 20!
20:18 — 24:08 Thesis Pieces!
24:08 — 33:31 My Desert Island Ten, in response to the Just One More Book! podcast!
33:31 — 35:13 Wrap-up!

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The Literate Loser #20

Somebody kills someone with someone else’s knife in chapter 19 of Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, and I finally get around to reading the long-promised treatise by Twain on how Scotland’s Sir Walter Scott turned every U.S. Southern gentleman into a colonel or general and thus was hugely responsible for the Civil War. Then I offer four quick book recommendations (‘though I have only read three of them!) and top everything off with a small tribute to Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow.

00:00 — 01:29 Hi.
01:29 — 30:03 Pudd’nhead Wilson, Chapter 19 and Twain on Scott.
30:03 — 37:00 Four book recommendations.
37:00 — 41:47 Remembering Kevin DuBrow.
41:47 — 43:29 Ta-ta.

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The Literate Loser, Show #19

Wow. These interludes are getting to be a bad habit!

But the Loser returns with a rather long selection from Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, followed by a very short explanation of the Master’s thesis and a quick list!

00:00 — 01:51 Hello
01:51 — 25:49 Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, chapter 18
25:49 — 44:00 Three Stinkers and Three Stunners
44:00 — 46:14 Trivia contest and so long

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The Literate Loser, Show #18

A short chapter this week means lots of babbling. I follow the pivotal chapter with a long story about a friend’s experience with the online dating service. The Harry Potter trivia contest is still live, too!

00:00 — 02:43 Hello
02:43 — 14:49 Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, chapter 17
14:49 — 32:38 The story of my friend Mario and his experience with the matchmaking service
32:38 — 36:18 Trivia contest and so long

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The Literate Loser, Show #17

The best chapter of Mark Twain’s Puddn’head Wilson so far! I actually gasped aloud when I read this chapter to myself late last week! Don’t skip over it!

In more somber news, the great Lloyd Alexander died on May 17 and I didn’t find out until last night, so I present an extremely humble, unsuitable tribute to one of my favorite writers of all time.

I think I’ll apologize in advance for an especially self-indulgent show, which sounds weird coming from a guy who did the entire online dating service questionnaire live, but whatever. Something about this one embarrasses me a little.

00:00 — 03:24 Greetings and welcome to the summer!
03:24 — 18:45 Puddn’head Wilson by Mark Twain, Chapter 16.
18:45 — 42:12 A tribute to Lloyd Alexander, author of The Chronicles of Prydain
42:12 — 43:45 Goodbye

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The Literate Loser, Show #16

We enter the final third of Mark Twain’s Puddn’head Wilson, and Tom becomes truly despicable (finally), making it a bit easier to pick sides. I finally complete the online dating-service questionnaire, and announce the second Harry Potter Trivia Contest.

I recorded this at a lower audio quality, but the file size is about the same (it’s probably the fault of the music, which is at the same audio quality), and recent viewings of Huell Howser’s California’s Gold have convinced me that one should present one’s material at the best reasonable quality. Therefore, I’m returning to my recent recording practices beginning next week.

00:00 — 02:21 Greetings
02:21 — 23:35 Puddn’head Wilson, by Mark Twain, chapter 15
23:35 — 24:40 “I’m on vacaaaaaatiooooooon!”
24:40 — 40:41 online dating service questionnaire
40:41 — 43:03 Harry Potter Trivia Contest
43:03 — 44:00 See ya

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