Willing to pull the trigger, episode #7

This week the boys of booze take on Arthur Koestler’s eminent work on the employment of power in Stalinist Russia  “Darkness at Noon.”

They also talk on the recent destruction of artifacts at the Mosul museum by ISIS and the mystery tunnel of Toronto.

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Articles discussed during this episode:

“ISIS fighters destroy ancient artifacts at Mosul museum,” The Guardian

“Toronto ‘Mystery Tunnel’ built by two men for ‘Personal Reasons,” NBC News

Books discussed during this episode:

“Darkness at Noon,” by Arthur Koestler

Allowing you to masturbate, Episode #6

This week, author Brett Crehan and journalist Darryl Coote take on John Cassidy of The New Yorker who wrote about the future of journalism. Also, they examine trash lit: what is it, how it differences from literature and why it exists.

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Articles mentioned in this episode are as follows:

“A bit of good news about journalism,” by John Cassidy, published in The New Yorker

Books mentioned in this episode are as follows:

“The elements of journalism,” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

Transgressions on Truth

In this episode of Boozing Through Lit, author Brett Crehan and I discuss Martin Luther King Day, a North Korean defector’s possible transgressions on truth, and pointed questions to the pontiff — all with a dash of Dostoevsky!

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Also, if you enjoy listening to Brett read excerpts of Bo Cleary’s Pedal and wish to support him in his endeavour to complete the book, feel free to make a donation HERE!

Books and literature mentioned in this episode are as follows:

“I have a dream,” By Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” By Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” By Malcolm X and Alex Haley

“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” By Manning Marable

James Baldwin, Wikipedia

“Native Son,” By Richard Wright

“Escape from Camp 14,” By Blaine Harden

“The Aquariums of Pyongyang,” By Kang Chol-hwan and Pierre Rigoulot

Articles mentioned during podcast are as follows:

“Prominent North Korean defector admits parts of story are inaccurate,” published by The Washington Post on Jan. 17, 2015

“Prominent North Korean defector recants parts of his story of captivity,” published by The New York Times on Jan. 18, 2015

“North Korean defectors are crucial — but sometimes unreliable — witnesses,” published by The Washington Post on Jan. 19, 2015


Darryl Coote says that the story of Shin Dong-hyuk’s fabrication broke on January 14. He later corrects this in the podcast with the correct date of January 17.

For South Korea’s poor, cardboard is big business

Following its posting here, this article was published on July 27, 2014, by The Korea Observer  — Ed.

Every day in Seoul’s trendy upscale shopping district of Myeong-dong, fortunes are made from the sale of luxury goods and accessories to fashion-forward young men and women.

Though for some who work here, the fortunes they seek could be called anything but, and made not from the sale of expensive wares but from the boxes they arrive in. For some of South Korea’s poor and elderly, cardboard is big business.

“It took me two hours to gather these boxes,” said Lee Je Ho, 57, eyeing the flattened cardboard bulging under strained bungee cords tied to his metal cart. “That’s about 6,000 won (CDN$ 6.28).”

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