In this episode of the podcast we discuss “How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)” by Lorrie Moore, “Fixation of Belief” by philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, and other high-minded topics because we’re snobs like that.

Text of the Lorrie Moore short story can be found by clicking here:

“Fixation of Belief” by Charles Sanders Peirce is discussed in great detail by Avery Archer here:

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Some of the writers mentioned in the podcast with links to some of their better works are listed below:

Lorrie Moore
Richard Ford
Raymond Carver
Ernest Hemingway
Alice Munro
Vladimir Nabokov
Margaret Atwood

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