30 – Literary Fiction

Daystar and Alexander discuss literary fiction, its values and failure modes, and its similarities and differences from rational fiction.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected


Watchmen by Alan Moore

Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gabbie

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

White Noise, Don DeLillo

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

FLEEP, by Jason Shiga

House of Leaves by  Mark Z. Danielewski

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kafka by the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Time Stamps

01:20 What Qualifies as Literary Fiction?

15:06 Pretentiousness

25: 03 Literary Fiction and Rational Fiction

35:50 Writing Literary Fiction

45:43 Recommendations


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