The LRB Podcast
The Dahl Factory
Roald Dahl's key skill, as Colin Burrow puts it, 'was his ability to repress nastiness while keeping it visible'.
Following his review of a new biography, Burrow talks to Tom Jones about Dahl’s limitations, his successes, and his 'marvellous medicine' approach to fiction.
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With the future of TikTok increasingly uncertain in the US and other countries, Malin Hay talks to Tom about the app’s powerful reading-focused corner, BookTok: what it is, how it works, and the tropes which dominate its favourite genre, romance fiction. They also look at some recent emails from listeners.Find further reading on the episode page: https://lrb.me/booktokpodSign up to our Close Readings podcast subscription: https://lrb.me/closereadingspodGet in touch with the podcasts team: email@example.com
How to Plot an Abortion
Expanding on her recent Winter Lecture, Clair Wills talks to Tom about the stories people tell about abortions – stories conditioned by tradition, coerced by the courts, compelled by politics and shared in solidarity. They discuss some of the radical reframings and reimaginings of abortion in art, literature and private life.Find further reading, including the lecture, on the episode page: lrb.me/clairwillspodWatch the lecture on YouTube: lrb.me/abortionplotSubscribe to Close Readings: lrb.me/closereadings
Climate, Politics and Procreation: Jade Sasser
In the final episode of this series on climate chaos and reproductive justice, Meehan Crist speaks to the feminist scholar Jade Sasser. Jade discusses how advocates for population control harness the language of social justice, her students’ highly personal responses to climate change, and the ways scholarship on climate anxiety has neglected questions of race.Find further reading on the episode page: lrb.me/jadesasserpodRead the lecture that inspired this series: lrb.me/meehancristlectureSubscribe to Close Readings: lrb.me/closereadings