Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 19 - Pushing the Boundaries of the Reading Experience

Every episode, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor Review Editor Cath Murphy, Education Director Rob W. Hart, and Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky.


Episode 19 - Pushing the Boundaries of the Reading Experience

News: Bret Easton Ellis is at it again. He's gone and started his very own podcast. And in an attempt to compete with the juggernaut that is Unprintable, he had petulant egomaniac Kanye West as his first guest. In less obnoxious news, there are new rumblings of a Preacher adaptation, this time with the aid of Seth Rogen and AMC.

Reads: Cath and Josh gush over Night Film by Marisha Pessl, while Rob gushes over The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello. And speaking of gushing, we also talk about Flush Boy by Stephen Graham Jones, which happens to be the best urine related novel ever written.

Topic: Are you sick of plain ole' books? Don't you wish they, you know, did more? Ever since Steve Guttenberg invented the printing press, authors and publishers have been trying to break out of the box that is "the novel." Whether by playing with narrative structure or by manipulating physical presentation, artists have been pushing the boundaries of the written word. Now with the advent of digital technology, they have even more tools at their disposal to make the pretentious grunt and purists groan. Taking our cue from the interactive elements of Night Film, we discuss how the reading experience is changing, and whether or not that is a positive thing.

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Cath Murphy writes for a bunch of literary and film websites (where “bunch” isn’t quite as many as it sounds), offering unwanted opinions on anything that appears in her crosshairs. She is a co-host of Unprintable: The Official Podcast of LitReactor.com, and along with the fabulous Eve Harvey she also podcasts very rude stuff on Sluttylemon.

Rob W. Hart is the associate publisher for MysteriousPress.com. His short stories have appeared in Dogmatika, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Crime Factory, and Shotgun Honey, and he is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. He lives in New York City. You can find him on the interwebz at www.robwhart.com.

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He also writes for the popular film site Twitch and has written for ChuckPalahniuk.net.


Special thanks to Gordon Highland for the intro and musical cues. Visit him at gordonhighland.com.

Image of Night Film: A Novel
Author: Marisha Pessl
Price: $12.95
Publisher: Random House (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 624 pages
Image of Flushboy
Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Dzanc Books (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Image of The Moment Before
Author: Suzy Vitello
Price: $12.95
Publisher: Diversion Publishing (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 216 pages

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Ryan Peverly's picture
Ryan Peverly from Ohio is reading The AEgypt Cycle by John Crowley December 6, 2013 - 10:38pm

S. should have been included in this...

But I totally dig Night Film...

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading A lot of Brian Evenson December 7, 2013 - 7:53am

Crap! S. was on the list of things to talk about, but looks like it go lost in the shuffle (since none of us have read it).

Ryan Peverly's picture
Ryan Peverly from Ohio is reading The AEgypt Cycle by John Crowley December 9, 2013 - 7:07pm

It's OK, Josh. You can't have good podcasts every time out...

Cath Murphy's picture
Cath Murphy from UK is reading Find out on the Unpr!ntable podcast December 10, 2013 - 6:21am

Them's fightin' words Mr Peverly.