Questioning questionable content, preachy fiction, and James Bond


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We tend to joke a lot about "content," "grit," and "scenes" in books. But today, we're having a serious conversation (as serious as we get anyway) about the place of questionable content in fiction, if there is actually a legitimate place at all. Listen in as we get think-piece-y while discussing:

  • If we should make distinctions between violent and sexual content
  • What we do when we get caught off-guard by explicit content in a book
  • Why it’s not good for fiction to get preachy
  • If explicit content is a crutch for trash writing
  • Whether or not James Bond is a sociopath
  • Aaron and Barnabas' recommendations for a fiction series for Dave to read

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A few of the books we discussed on this episode

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