Are you an underliner? Tab-user? A worshiper of the unblemished page? A *gulp* dogearer? This week, Trevor and Paul discuss marginalia and the various other ways readers engage with what they’re reading. As always, the conversation takes some very unexpected detours!

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  • The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, translated by Ruth L.C. Simms
  • A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr
  • Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum, translated by Basil Creighton with revisions by Margaret Bettauer Dembo
  • My Phantoms, by Gwendoline Riley
  • Cold Enough for Snow, by Jessica Au
  • First Love, by Gwendoline Riley
  • The Passenger, by Cormac McCarthy
  • Stella Maris, by Cormac McCarthy
  • Young Man with a Horn, by Dorothy Baker
  • Devil House, by John Darnielle
  • Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle
  • Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle
  • Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (33 1/3), by John Darnielle
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  • True Grit, by Charles Portis
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman

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The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast is a book chat podcast. Every other week Paul and Trevor get together to talk about some bookish topic or another.

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