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Books of Some Substance

By B.O.S.S.

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The unofficial podcast of literary misfits everywhere who want to engage with books of "substance" (i.e. serious, respected, heavy, philosophical, classic), or at least considered such.

Customer Reviews

If Drivetime Radio Makes Your Soul Die

This is the antitoxin. Smart conversation, differing perspectives in the room, and a very eclectic set of books covered. It's your book club with nerdy comrades where you never get in trouble for not having read the book beforehand.

A++++ would buy again

Great literary podcast

It's a simple premise: smart, engaged people talking about books to answer the question, "Is this book of substance?" I like the pattern of one shorter work and one longer work from each author that they've established, which encourages deep dives into each writer's work.

A Podcast of Substance

I enjoyed listening to this podcast, though I haven't often read the work under discussion. On the ones I have read, I liked listening to the banter and conversation, but found it is best when you actually discuss the "substance" part of the literature. I like that you frame your discussion around this topic. Too much of contemporary culture lacks substance, or, at least, lacks the willingness to discuss true substance and its importance in our lives. I hope you can discuss this issue in more detail. I really appreciated the episodes on Naked Earth and Master/Margarita and it reminded me of something Mario Varga Llosa wrote in his book Notes on the Death of Culture: “nothing sharpens our senses or makes us more alert to the roots of cruelty, evil and violence than good literature.” Keep talking about the importance of literature in our lives. Thanks.

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