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Cracking the Spine
A fun look at the world of books and literature!
Category: Literature
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by Sean Curran
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February 21, 2018 05:27 PM PST

Happy new week! We're discussing what fictional worlds we'd actually want to live in, but don't worry - we're also arguing about...well, anything and everything. We've missed you, but we promise this episode will make it feel like we were never gone.

December 30, 2017 08:10 AM PST

Okay guys, we admit it - it has been longer than a week since we posted. What we intended to be our Halloween/Thanksgiving episode has become our Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's episode. But we're pretty sure it was worth the wait. Dramatic reading abound!

November 27, 2017 04:21 PM PST

This WEEK your intrepid friends shake off the dust of a week and get into the deeper recesses of their privileged upbringings. Some kids were afraid of hunger or gun violence. Tune in to listen to the horrific nightmare scenarios that kept us up at night.

August 24, 2017 09:15 AM PDT

Have you ever caught yourself thinking "Damn, if only I knew what personality type Josh is"? WELL WONDER NO MORE! We heeded the suggestion of a listener and together took the Myers-Briggs test. Listen and take the test with along with us, and find out what famous authors (or podcast hosts) you share a personality type with!

We took the test at 16personalities.com.

August 10, 2017 10:55 AM PDT

Everything is kind of the worst, which means we are all relating to dystopian fiction HARD. We get political and discuss how the apocalypse seems to be encroaching at a much slower rate in real life than our books and films would suggest. To summarize: Thanks for nothing, Roland Emmerich.

July 07, 2017 10:01 AM PDT

We're a day late, which we'll go ahead and blame on the holiday weekend (Thanks, AMERICA), but we think you'll be pleased with today's episode. Thanks to an intrepid listener we're able to breathe new life into an old topic. Do we read the novel first, or watch the adaptation? We get introspective and the conversation inevitably turns to Star Trek. Enjoy!

June 22, 2017 02:14 PM PDT

Sometimes you love a book so much that you just feel compelled to rewrite it. Or at least...some people do. This week your intrepid hosts discuss their experience with fan fiction (or lack thereof).

We also address a well intentioned but creepy email that we received, and discuss internet manners. So keep your elbows off the table, chew with your mouth closed, and heed our advice.

April 27, 2017 06:13 AM PDT

Welcome to our Passover/Easter spectacular! The gang gets together at an unconventional family gathering, and discuss what it's like to be late to the proverbial party. We welcome Sean's daughter as our newest (and most professional) host, and she makes a valiant effort to keep us on topic. Consider it a spring miracle. Happy belated holidays, listeners!

April 19, 2017 06:50 PM PDT

Have you ever wished for a full hour of Cracking The Spine? Then today is your lucky day! We discuss if we've ever read books to impress anyone...so in true CtS fashion we never get sidetracked or bogged down in minutiae, and we wrap up our very civil discourse efficiently and succinctly. Just kidding, we talk for forever about whatever. We can't be anyone but ourselves.

March 22, 2017 07:38 PM PDT

When the week stretches on as long as this, there's a lot to talk about. The gang catches up on all the reading they've been doing (no, really!), discuss the emotional power of literature, and get worked up about listener emails. Just another week in the CtS universe. Listen and enjoy!

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