15. ...If He's In A Good Mood

An oil change episode as Darren and Simon takes turns running through the three writers each would choose to have a beer with, should the opportunity arise. On the way they discuss Darren's dubious stalking practices and the value of corsages.

In what may be a telling contrast Simon's choices were all for dead authors, while Darren avoided the graveyard in favour of contemporaries. We'll leave it for the amateur psychologists to work out what that means, if anything. 

Simon's choices:

  • Douglas Adams
  • Marcus Clarke
  • Thea Astley

Darren's choices:

  • Nick Hornby
  • Steve Toltz
  • Margaret Atwood

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14. Article One

Darren and Simon discuss remixing literature, the complexities of copyright and appropriation, especially in the wake of Lionel Shriver's address to the recent Brisbane Writers Festival, and we finish with a reading from Simon's 'Hunted Down and Other Tales'.

Stuff talked about:

Hyde by Daniel Levine
https://www.amazon.com/Hyde-Daniel-Levine/dp/0544484029

Lionel Shriver’s deliberately controversial address to the Brisbane Writers Festival
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/13/lionel-shrivers-full-speech-i-hope-the-concept-of-cultural-appropriation-is-a-passing-fad

Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke
http://www.futureofthebook.org.au/shop/hunted-down/

13. Eleven-year-old Beefcake

An update on the brothers' current exploits in writing takes a quick detour through the finer points of copyright (thankfully punctuated by some shirtless action from Simon's son) and a reading from Darren's new work in progress "Where You Are Now".

12. M.Biggen

An oil change episode as Darren and Simon takes turns running through three of their favourite bookshops.

Along the way they quote from The Simpsons, address Alice Munro directly, discuss using a Kraken as a fake passenger for HOV/transit lanes, and assess the suitability of the title of this episode as an appropriate pseudonym for an adult film star.

Simon's favourites:

Darren's favourites:

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11. My Guts are All Over this Manuscript

After a novel-writing hiatus, brothers Darren and Simon Groth return to the Fireproof Garage for a second series of their not-at-all acclaimed podcast with news of their impending collaborative novel, Infinite Blue to be released in Canada and the United States in the not-too-distant future.

After discussing some of the mechanics of managing a collaborative work between siblings, and a side mention of their mum's preferred fake phone number for flipping off suitors, Darren and Simon read each of their favourite bits from the novel. 

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10. Oil Change: Three Books by Stephen King

The Oil Change is the Fireproof Garage in brief: a quick top 3 segment from Darren or Simon on books around a particular theme.

They couldn't just stop at one top three when it comes to Stephen King so both Simon and Darren take us through their top three books by the best genre-crossing writer to have come out of New England. 

  • The Dark Half (Darren)
  • It (Simon)
  • On Writing (Darren)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Simon)
  • From a Buick 8 (Darren)
  • Dolores Claiborne (Simon)

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And to follow up: Simon's lovely wife—a much better read Stephen King fan—has added her top three:

  • The Stand
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • 11.22.63

Also, don't forget to wash your hands.

9. Oil Change: Three Booker Prize Winners

The Oil Change is the Fireproof Garage in brief: a quick top 3 segment from Darren or Simon on books around a particular theme.

For this episode, Darren takes us through his three favourite books that have won some prize or something that we suspect is named after Booker T. and the M.G.'s

  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • Last Orders by Graham Swift

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8. Oil Change: Three Books About the Beatles

The Oil Change is the Fireproof Garage in brief: a quick top 3 segment from Darren or Simon on books around a particular theme.

For this episode, Simon takes us through his three favourite books about the band Paul McCartney once described as "a big act". 

  • Revolution in the Head by Ian Macdonald
  • The Beatles: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
  • You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett

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7. The Greatest Stories Ever 'Told'

It took an hour to set up the audio feed for this podcast, so please excuse the brevity of this description.

On this seventh episode of the Garage gets off track almost immediately as Simon and Darren discuss Harper Lee's new novel (man is that weird to write) Go Set A Watchman. Well Simon discusses it since he's the only one who's read it. Spoiler alert: it's okay.

The ostensible topic for this episode is The Greatest Stories Ever Told (as in orally), in other words great performances or spoken word deliveries.

Darren's choice is Roméo Dallaire whom he had the pleasure of hearing deliver a talk that endured in his memory despite the terrible powerpoint slides that accompanied it. Strangely, missing the opportunity to meet Darren hasn't figured significantly in Dallaire's life since.

Between offering advice on performing spoken word (how did that happen?) Simon's choice for a great performance is Cate Kennedy, who worked on an if:book project with him called Lost in Track Changes. The reading event for that project was generally of extraordinary quality, but Kennedy was still a stand out.

Some links for you:
http://www.romeodallaire.com
http://www.futureofthebook.org.au/portfolio/lost-in-track-changes/

 

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6. Fuelled by Alcohol and Caffeine

After claiming the dubious technical 'accomplishment' of adding a video stream, Darren and Simon turn their attention to more enduring characters from literature.

Simon nominates Boo Radley as the most enduring character from To Kill A Mockingbird, which inevitably leads to a discussion around Go Set A Watchman, a book neither of them has actually read.

Darren's enduring characters are Death from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and Christopher Boone from Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which leads to a discussion of 'otherness' in characterisation and the importance of empathy.

And, of course, if you're interested you can watch the two talking heads to accompany the audio, if that's your thing.

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5. The Soundtrack of My Life

In a world first, Simon's daughter provides an accidental musical backdrop to the latest episode of Fireproof Garage, where Darren and Simon discuss enduring characters from the stories they love, beginning with double...oh...seven and winding up with Darren wrapped in bandages for some reason following a stroke. 

Also, apparently, Darren would like you to know that he won hand ball competition in grade six. And Simon would like to apologise for the horrible noise that happens with his microphone.

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4. Fireproof Garage

In the latest episode we delve further into the sad (and somewhat well passed) demise of our doppelgänger Chevrolet dealership in Livermore, California before taking a look at the books on TV. Some links to the stuff we talk about:

You might have noticed a few changes hereabouts. In addition to finding a title for this episode of the podcast we stumbled onto a half-decent name for the entire show. That means we have found a winner for naming the podcast and the winner is us. Sure, Fireproof Garage is a title that you'll realise in this episode is nothing more than an inside joke, but it's also as good a title as any and it has meaning for any brothers who happen to be called Groth. So there. 

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3. It's Like Herpes

We are still looking for a name for this podcast and we may continue to do so until one or both of us are dead. If you still have a suggestion, let us know on Twitter: @darrengroth and @simongroth.

Hat tip to John Birmingham who has made a decent suggestion, which we may or may not modify. 

Vale the Groth Bros Chevrolet Dealership in Livermore, California. The Yelp reviews do not suggest our podcast is at fault. 

The Books We Could Not Put Down:

  • I’m not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti (Darren)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Simon and Darren)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Domnique Bauby (Simon…oh and Bauby was the editor of Elle, not Vogue)
  • Laugh, I Thought I’d Die: My Life with ALS by Dennis Kaye (Darren)

The Books We Couldn’t Finish… oh man… here we go:

  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (Darren)
  • Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan (Simon)
  • The Cold Six-Thousand by James Ellroy (Darren)
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler (Darren)

To subscribe to the podcast, here's the link to the RSS feed. iTunes link is coming as soon as we get a title.

2. If These Jerks Can Make a Podcast...

The podcast still doesn't have a proper title or anything, but in the meantime, here's Darren and Simon talking about the books and writers that influenced their journeys on the way to whatever it is they do now.

Name Our Podcast

We put together a podcast without actually thinking up a name for the thing. Darren came up with a few things that Simon immediately dismissed without coming up with anything else.

So we're turning it over to you. If you have an idea for a title for the podcast, we want to hear it. Darren is offering the winner a signed poster of his most recent book Are You Seeing Me? if your entry is chosen.

How to enter?

Send one or both of us a tweet with your suggestion: Darren is here and Simon is here.

The podcast feed is hereiTunes link coming soon.

1. Technical Difficulties

The first episode of a brand new podcast from sibling writers Darren and Simon Groth. It's remarkable that this recording exists at all considering someone forgot to hit the record button at the appropriate time.

In this very first episode, Darren and Simon take a moment to appreciate the word 'hobo' before launching into a discussion about their bookshelves, Lisa Curry's Get Up And Go as a literary inspiration, why CAREY works better on a book's spine than SOLZHENITSYN, the special place Carl Hiassen's Sick Puppy has for Darren, some lovely bookish stuff by Tiny Owl Workshop, and exactly who Krampus is.

Name Our Podcast

We put together a podcast without actually thinking up a name for the thing. Darren came up with a few things that Simon immediately dismissed without coming up with anything else.

So we're turning it over to you. If you have an idea for a title for the podcast, we want to hear it. Darren is offering the winner a signed poster of his most recent book Are You Seeing Me? if your entry is chosen.

How to enter?

Send one or both of us a tweet with your suggestion: Darren is here and Simon is here.

The podcast feed is hereiTunes link coming soon.