Fire the Canon

Well, well, well. Look who decided to join Jackie and Rachel on the right side of 30! That would be Theo, our (actual, this time) birthday boy-producer. In honor of this special day, Rachel decided to give him the greatest gift of all: an idea for a birthday episode that he didn't have to come up with himself. We discuss the children's book My Dog Talks by Gail Herman, an age-inappropriate classic that entered Theo's young life through a series of whimsical events, and critically compare it with another heavy hitter from the canine communication canon: Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh. When these two goliaths of literature enter the arena, can both emerge unscathed? Or will this clash of titans end in a reckoning - a toppling of the old guard, a new idol's light shining atop the altar - that will rock Theo's childhood memories to their core? Will Jackie, new to this madness, be able to cope with the soul-crushing implications of bestowing family pets with the blessing, the curse, of language? Of the birth - and the cruel, unfeeling obliteration - of the very Self inherent therein? Only one way to find out! Listen and enjoy, and join our Patreon at for the full episode.

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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.