Episode Four – Cigars and the Read Planet


Does realistic science necessarily make compelling fiction? Is it curtains for you if you upchuck in your helmet in space? Can guest Valentino Assenza, professional poet and CUIT radio show host, dazzle us with his gravitas and love of Mordecai Richler? Tune in as Rocco critiques The Martian, Stephen enlightens us about Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars, and Valentino let’s us know why Barney’s Version is a damn good book.
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Episode 3 – Part 3 – Grown Men Talk About Star Wars

In light of some articles that have come out in regards to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rocco puts the question to Stephen and Kurt: Should someone who has never seen a Star Wars film be the one to review it? Is it too much for Rocco to assume that someone who has avoided (and yes, you would have to have avoided them to not have seen them, Stephen!) the series probably doesn’t like science fiction and fantasy anyway? Find out in the third and final part of Dogear, Episode 3!

Darth Maul Elizabethan

Episode 3 – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dark Side – Part 2

In this second of a three-part roundtable series, guest Kurt Zabatiuk, Stephen Humphrey, and Rocco de Giacomo tackle the issue of death, death and more dreary death and how we as a society can’t stop binge-watching it. We’re looking at you Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead! Is our morbid fascination a form of collective grieving, or are we just hungry ghosts?
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Episode 3 – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dark Side – Part 1

In this first of a three-part roundtable series, guest Kurt Zabatiuk, poet and therapist, discusses what happens when one falls out of love with a book, Stephen Humphrey reminisces on his first love, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and Rocco de Giacomo talks about love and exsanguination in King Henry the VIII’s court, as told by Hillary Mantel in Bring Up the Bodies.
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Dog Ear 2 – Andy Weir Meets Dostoevsky or Why Smart People Read Difficult Books


The Merits of Reading Difficult Stuff. In this second episode, Stephen Humphrey discusses the nigh-unfinishable Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany, and Andy Weir’s The Martian. Rocco de Giacomo tries to figure out why a David Foster Wallace essay on eating lobster is compelling, but he falls asleep after ten minutes of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamasov. Is this a product of our short attention spans, or a result of 19th century writers being paid per page?



Dog Ear – Episode 1 – Pluto, Politics and the Tragedy of Parenting


In this inaugural episode, Stephen Humphrey waxes poetic on Dava Sobel’s “The Planets” and Rocco de Giacomo gets armchair political on Noam Chomsky’s “How the World Works“.  As well there’s talk about conspiracy theories, pseudo-science and whether or not male Western exceptionalism produces mediocre literature.