Close Reads Podcast

Close Reads is a book-club podcast for the incurable reader. Featuring David Kern, Tim McIntosh and Heidi White, alongside a couple of other occasional guests, we read Great Books and talk about them. This is a show for amateurs in the best sense. We’re book lovers, book enthusiasts. This is not an experts show and it’s barely literary analysis in the way that literary analysis is commonly understood. Instead it’s a show about experiences with literary urge. Join us!

Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Final ChaptersListen now (78 min) | Here we are at the end of another novel. Join David, Heidi, and Karen as they compare Alec’s love for Tess with Angel’s…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 35-44Listen now (70 min) | (AKA: Phase the Fifth)
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 31-34Listen now (53 min) | Welp. It’s time for some confession. Here, right in the middle of Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece, we get a marriage followed by…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 25-30Listen now (58 min) | As we draw near to the middle of Thomas Hardy’s great tragic novel, join Karen and Heidi (who are holding down the fort while…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 16-24 (aka Phase the Third)Listen now (60 min) | “Phase the Third” of Tess of the D’Urbervilles is called “The Rally” so on this week’s conversation David, Heidi, and Karen…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 12-15 (AKA Phase 2)Listen now (64 min) | Tess has returned home, but now she has baby with her, leading to one of the most beautiful and famous sciences in English…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Chapters 6-11Listen now (65 min) | In this week’s episode on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, David, Heidi, and special guest Karen Swallow Prior chat about…
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