Episode 15: The Sacred and Profane: Reading Naughty Words in Books

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Today, Jason and Kevin look at profanity in books. Do bad words turn you off? Will you keep reading if a book is laced with profanity? And, does profanity matter when reading a book, especially if that book serves a purpose or holds an important place in your life?

A lot of readers dislike profanity in books. But we’re wary of censorship, especially in literature. So-called bad words can often have an enlightening effect on what we read. and profanity in literature has existed for millenia: just go read some chaucer for some examples.

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Episode 14 – The Unwashed Reviews

Literary critics have lorded over the pages of elite magazines for centuries, and in the twentieth century, magazines like the New Yorker and The Atlantic have helped make and break potential new books. But now, we’re in the 21st century. People find books through social media recommendations and user ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. Book review publications have gone belly up or have downsized.

Today, Jason and I look critically at the critics. What can they offer us today, if anything? Do we really rely on professional critics to help us choose what to read?

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Episode 13: How To Find a Place on the Shelf

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All writers have idols, but it’s important to remember that those idols are just human beings. Is it a good move for writers and readers to take their idols off the pedestal and to examine their flaws? What if we try to write better than our idols?

In this show, we explore how to find a place on the shelf. We discuss why it’s important to not idolize our favorite writers, but to instead examine them closely and figure out their best moves.

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Episode 12: How to Write For the Crowd

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In this week’s Critical Margins podcast, Jason Braun and Kevin Eagan discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing for writers. How might writers implement smart strategies online to get readers involved in the process? Crowdfunding is the way in which artists and writers can both get funding for their projects and find participants. Crowdsourcing, however, is about getting people involved in the creative and production process. Both approaches work for writers hoping to go at it alone.

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Episode 11: Burritos and Literature

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Episode 11: Burritos and Literature

In this week’s episode, Jason and I talk about Chipotle’s collaboration with writers like Jonathan Safran Foer and Toni Morrison. These writers’ short stories will show up on Chipotle’s cups and bags in store in the coming months. For more information on the project and to read the stories, go to CultivatingThought.com.

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Episode 9: Throw That Book at the Wall

In this week’s Critical Margins Podcast, Jason and Kevin talk about how to give up on reading. When is the best time to give up on reading a book? When is it better to wait for a better time to read?

Goodreads conducted a poll last year about why people give up on books. The poll found some interesting facts about our reading lives, and some of the respondents aren’t that honest.

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