WARNING: This episode deals with discussions of violence and sexual assault.


It’s been some time since we last did a Book of the Month episode. So for the month of October, we felt it would be fitting to cover the ultra-violent novel, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. We do our best to give our honest opinion of this highly regarded piece of literature. Though, we might be a bit too honest!

We discuss violence and what it means in this book. We also have a conversation about masculine fiction and how we categorize what is considered masculine fiction. There’s a lot going on in this episode so if the topics we discuss interest you, make sure to listen to the whole episode because even after it seems like we’re done, we find more ground to cover.

IRC #12: Oblivion Part Three Drunken Pen Writing Podcast

Today's episode discusses two more stories in Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace. First, we read and discuss his deeply disturbing flash fiction story, Incarnation of Burned Children. This one comes with a trigger warning as the imagery and subject matter are incredibly traumatic.  The second story, Another Pioneer, offers a meditation on storytelling, knowledge, self-consciousness, societal evolution, and societal destruction. We cover this complex story and touch upon post-modernism, AI, the burden of knowledge, the breakdown of society, and many, many other things.  This might just be our favorite episode of this series!  
  1. IRC #12: Oblivion Part Three
  2. #103: We Need To Be Honest With You
  3. IRC #11: Oblivion Part Two
  4. DBS #67: We’re Dying Here
  5. IRC #10: Oblivion Part One

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