17. Jane Aaaaiiiiiiirrrrr

What exactly is a ‘sensitivity reader’ and what is the service that one can offer a story in progress? Darren and Simon clear some air around an occasionally fraught topic, pointing out that this is really just an extension of what editors do anyway. 

In other news, the literary Brothers Groth discover yet again that they are the lesser Groth siblings with the discover of the Groth Brothers monster truck driving team. This, inevitably, kicks off a discussion about the perfect name for a literary monster truck.

Let’s call it an episode of contrasts.

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16. Made from Coke Cans and Bud Light Bottles

A triumphant return to the Fireproof Garage as Darren and Simon discuss their recent hiatus and its associated pilgrimage to the podcast namesake in Livermore, California.  

Main topic of discussion in this episode, though, is the forthcoming actual text-based collaboration between Darren and Simon. Called “Infinite Blue”, this modern fabulist love triangle between boy, girl, and the water will be released all over North America in September 2018.

There will be plenty more to talk about closer to release, but for now, Darren and Simon respond to the three questions they know they will be asked on the book’s release.

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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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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.

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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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)

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