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

Living at Death and Life

In the fifth episode of Boozing Through Lit, author Brett Crehan and I have our second instalment of “The Wife Criticizes,” the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl or whatever and we discuss the mysticism that surrounds writing.

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Quotes discussed in this issue are:

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” — Sidney Sheldon

“I don’t know why I started writing. I don’t know why anybody does it. Maybe they’re bored, or failures at something else.” — Cormac McCarthy

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King

Books mentioned in this issue are:

On Writing, by Stephen King

Suttree, by Cormac McCarthy

Comfortable in the boat you’re in

In this week’s episode of Boozing Through Lit, author Brett Crehan and I discuss Fyodor Dostoyevsky, his work and what he means to literature. Also, Mrs. Coote chimes in with a critic of the show and, of course, Brett regales us with another reading from his book, “Bo Cleary’s Pedal.”

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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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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.