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!

Laurus: Pages 3-53Listen now (56 min) | It’s time to launch our voyage into a new book. Over the next six weeks or so we’ll be traversing with Arseny across medieval…
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A Month in the Country: Q&A EpisodeListen now (65 min) | As always upon reaching the end of a book, it’s time for a Q&A episode. And, of course, you delivered plenty of great questions…
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Watch Along: Persuasion (2022)Listen now (113 min) | In which David and Sean make Heidi endure the slings and arrows of the new adaptation of her favorite Jane Austen novel—all for…
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A Month in the Country: To the EndListen now (72 min) | This week we’re discussing the second half of J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country, which means we’re chatting about Alice Keach, Mr…
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A Month in the Country: Pages 1-68Listen now (63 min) | The gang is back together! Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they chat about one of David’s favorite books, J.L. Carr’s A Month in the…
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Q&AListen now (65 min) | Join David, Heidi, and Karen as they conclude their conversation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles by answering your…
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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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