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Host Catherine Nichols and guests choose one book for each year of the twentieth century (Nella Larsen's Passing, 1936, Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, 1966; Mohandas Gandhi's Indian Home Rule, 1909) and talk about it in its historical and literary context. Tune in to find out what the 20th century was all about.

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Authors Daniel Saldaña París and Wah-Ming Chang join host Catherine Nichols to discuss Juan Rulfo's 1955 novel Pedro Páramo, in its new translation by Douglas J. Weatherford. They talk about the book's unique mixture of modernity and timelessness, th... more

16 days ago

Na Zhong and Catherine Nichols discuss Iris Murdoch's 1958 novel The Bell. They discuss Murdoch's characters and the unique ethical quandaries of the book, as well as Murdoch's love of swimming and the size of the bell itself. more

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Host Catherine Nichols and author Christine Coulson (One Woman Show, 2023) discuss The Swimmer by John Cheever and The Waltz by Dorothy Parker. Their conversation covers the humor and surrealism of both stories, the precise artistry of both authors' ... more

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In this episode, host Catherine Nichols and writer Sally Foreman discuss Zabel Yesayan's enigmatic 1922 novel My Soul in Exile. Yesayan wrote the book after reporting on the genocide of her own Armenian people, shortly before before becoming a Commun... more

6 months ago


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 37 ratings
  • Interesting but……

    Good content, but bad sound

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    Edgar the picky
    United States2 years ago
  • Lit Century

    I love to read and often have trouble finding a friend to discuss them with. Lit Century gives me insight I don’t have and makes reading for me so rich. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 years ago
  • Host Stammers and Stumbles

    Can someone please get Catherine Nichols some coaching how to deliver even just one (1!) sentence where she does not stumble all over herself. I thought the podcast was buffering then I figured out Catherine was excessively pausing and stumbling all over herself. It is painful. She either is unprepared or lacks any confidence to have the conviction to say anything without excessive contemplation. A podcast is an auditory medium. This woman is not geared for it. Fortunately her co-host, Sandra Ne... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 years ago
  • Seriously so good

    Informed, thoughtful, accessible, articulate, and stimulating!!! That’s how I would describe the episode on “What is it like to be a bat?”, and I’m definitely going to be listening to the rest of the episodes. I’ve read Catherine Nichols’ articles in the past and they are wonderful and muscular. In my insomnia I have also been pondering the question of why materialism is perhaps the philosophy of power now like Nichols proposes and my own theory is that as capital became ascendant and labor wea... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 years ago
  • Such a pleasure

    I listened to Lit Century Podcast this morning during my workout, and it made my morning exercise routine a pleasure. I exercised my body *and* my brain by listening to two brilliant people discussing the novel Nightwood (1936). I’ve never read Nightwood, and you’d think that would make me feel a bit disconnected, but instead it was like having Sandra Newman (author of The Heavens) and Catherine Nichols (novelist, essayist) read a book FOR me and help me understand it in a way I never would have... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 years ago

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