Fire the Canon

We wrap up the final 7 stories of James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’. Somehow, despite the stories only getting sadder, we were more or less beside ourselves with silliness. Sometimes the stars just align that way, and neither soaring prose nor existential dread nor the revelation that one of us had unwittingly done something extremely embarrassing during a previous recording can bring us down. But fear not, for we still manage to get you (and ourselves) suitably learnt. Theo sings a song in Latin. Jackie experiences a fall from grace and emerges as Hillary Clinton. Rachel knows what it’s about, but doesn’t like it. Topics include: Mariah Carey, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Lindberg baby, the 1900s Dublin version of The Office, demon cats, Marilyn Monroe, Madame Tussauds, backfiring pranks, ghost stories without ghosts, Nora Barnacle, meat magnets, Alanis Morissette, even more scrivening, Nickelback, the impossibility of friendship both between and among the sexes, clay that just won’t quit, and racks upon racks upon racks.
 
Stories covered: Counterparts, Clay, A Painful Case, Ivy Day in the Committee Room, A Mother, Grace, The Dead

Content warning: child abuse, alcoholism, sexual harrassment

Show Notes

We wrap up the final 7 stories of James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’. Somehow, despite the stories only getting sadder, we were more or less beside ourselves with silliness. Sometimes the stars just align that way, and neither soaring prose nor existential dread nor the revelation that one of us had unwittingly done something extremely embarrassing during a previous recording can bring us down. But fear not, for we still manage to get you (and ourselves) suitably learnt. Theo sings a song in Latin. Jackie experiences a fall from grace and emerges as Hillary Clinton. Rachel knows what it’s about, but doesn’t like it. Topics include: Mariah Carey, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Lindberg baby, the 1900s Dublin version of The Office, demon cats, Marilyn Monroe, Madame Tussauds, backfiring pranks, ghost stories without ghosts, Nora Barnacle, meat magnets, Alanis Morissette, even more scrivening, Nickelback, the impossibility of friendship both between and among the sexes, clay that just won’t quit, and racks upon racks upon racks.

 

Stories covered: Counterparts, Clay, A Painful Case, Ivy Day in the Committee Room, A Mother, Grace, The Dead

Content warning: child abuse, alcoholism, sexual harrassment

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What is Fire the Canon?

Prefer your books in comedy form, but still want to sound smart at parties? We got you. Discover the hilarity hidden in the classics with new episodes every Thursday.