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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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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