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Burning Books

Talking Great, Good, Bad and Very Bad Books

Burning Books

You’ll never manage to read all the great books in the world, and that’s a fact.

Fortunately, you don’t need to.

Because every week or two, your host Eric Beck Rubin brings you a fresh eye on a classic piece of writing.

From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as well as novels that try to be great… but don’t quite make it.

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Eric Beck Rubin

Eric Beck Rubin

Separating smoke from fire

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Exiles – Michael J Arlen

The King’s Old Clothes

Measuring the World – Daniel Kehlmann

Forty-Nine-Point-Five Feet of Crap!

Shantytown – César Aira

Don't Cross Judge Plaza

The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips

Displaced Persons, Misplaced Propriety
Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon – Arthur Koestler

Party While You Still Can
Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb

Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb

Beware the book critic who has actually read your books

Truth or Beauty – David Orrell

Scientists: Speaking like calculators and thinking like wizards, since Ancient Greece
Fyodor Dostoevsky – Demons (aka The Possessed)

Demons (aka The Possessed) – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Demonic – not in a good way.
Robert Coover – The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop

The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. – Robert Coover

When It Comes To Bad Books, It's 1 Strike And You're Out.
The Devil – Leo Tolstoy

The Devil – Leo Tolstoy

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide
A True Novel - Minae Mizumura

A True Novel – Minae Mizumura

A True Novel is, thankfully, anything but.
American Pastoral

American Pastoral – Philip Roth

Feel Like Making Glove?
Satan in Goray

Satan in Goray – Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Brutality That Trails Behind Messiahs
Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World – Sarah Thornton

Crooked, Straight, Angled, Fake, Laughable, Laudable. Well, Everything Except Laudable