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If you like curling up in front of a roaring fire with nice leather-bound 1st edition podcast, then join us on Literary Loitering as we explore the stranger side of culture and the arts, talk about books, find new ways to use old insults, and sometimes even have the odd quiz!

Latest Episodes

Sexy Christmas Preambles And Footnotes - Literary Loitering 115

Not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also our last episode of 2019, and what better way to sign off for the year than our annual look at the Literary Review’s Bad Sex In Fiction Awards! As it traditional for us now, we hand over proceedings to our resident storyteller Andrew who reads out choice quotes from the books nominated for the award, while the rest of us fancy-prance into amusement, bemusement, shock, horror, and a general feeling of “what the f…?”. After that it’s time for our annual Secret Santa, where we give each other a book that we have chosen for them to read and cover on our first show back. And with that, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! We’ll see you all again in January of 2020. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thegeekshow) and give whatever you can. Thanks, and until next time, don't read anything we wouldn't! #LiteraryLoitering #TheGeekShow #Books #Novels #TheArts #Theatre #News #Reviews #Podcasts #CulturalAnarchy #Culture #LiteraryReview #BadSexAwards #BadSexInFictionAwards #TheRiverCapture #MaryCostello #TheOfficeOfGardensAndPonds #DidierDecoin #CityOfGirls #ElizabethGilbert #Pax #JohnHarvey #TheElectricHotel #DominicSmith #SecretSanta #ChristmasSpecial

38 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Sexy Christmas Preambles And Footnotes - Literary Loitering 115

Attack Of The Phallocratic Entryists - Literary Loitering 114

Donald Trump Jr. has apparently been upholding the family’s traditional methods of inflating book sales figures, which we really should have expected so I’m not sure why anyone’s surprised anymore. On the other hand, somebody hiding LGBTQ, gun control, “women’s fiction”, and anti-Trump books in a public library in Idaho is surprisingly devious. In other news, it’s Work In Publishing week so expect a lot of unpaid internships (I.e. volunteers), a case of unreturned children’s books spirals wildly out of control, John Bercow will publish a new candid memoir about his time as Speaker for the House Of Commons, Collins dictionary release their word of the year and much more. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to...

55 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Attack Of The Phallocratic Entryists - Literary Loitering 114

Roger Bacon's Robot Head - Literary Loitering 113

This week we’re kicking things off with one of our favourite books awards - the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. In other news, a new children’s book attempts to do what politicians can’t - explain Brexit, the Asterix comics get their first female protagonist, a new app will make books easier to read by compressing them and taking out all the difficult words, an Instagram account describes itself as an online library for old and out-of-print books, and a man has spent 20 years searching, gathering and compiling Shakespeare’s library. After that, Sarah regales us with her thoughts on No One Is Too Small by Greta Thunberg, and we have a quiz about famous people who have food in their names. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If y...

65 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Roger Bacon's Robot Head - Literary Loitering 113

Mastery Over The Power Of Denim - Literary Loitering 112

The cultural anarchists are back for another not-so-serious look at the serious world of books and the arts, and kicking things off this week is the Nobel Prize for Literature - which was suspended for a year because of allegations of sexual harassment. So this year should be better, right? RIGHT? After that we discover that the Booker prize is also in the news for both right and wrong reasons, new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, a new children’s book featuring Lady Hale of the Supreme Court, and a whole lot more. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thegeekshow) and give whatever you can. Thanks, and until next time, don't read anything we wouldn't! #LiteraryLoitering...

69 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Mastery Over The Power Of Denim - Literary Loitering 112

Sentient Twitter Hot-Takes - Literary Loitering 111

The ramshackle paddle-boat on the turbid rivers of culture returns for another meandering;y humorous look at the things that have been happening in the world of books and the arts, and kicking things of this week is Grr Martin’s statement that the Game of Thrones books (the ones that haven’t been published yet), will be longer than the TV series. We’ll just leave that statement there for you all to ponder and move on … In other news, Chad Allen has created an audio comic-book for blind people, Turkey have banned a kids book from being sold to anyone under the age of eighteen, Tony Thorne is compiling a glossary of “Brexitspeak”, Jessica Love wins the Klaus Flugge Prize for her picture-book illustration, a man has been jailed for stealing 7000 books from Scottish universities, and more. It’s a veritable festival of cultural anarchy for your earholes. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You ca...

64 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Sentient Twitter Hot-Takes - Literary Loitering 111

Golden Toilet 2: Electric Portaloo - Literary Loitering 110

We begin this episode with the news that someone has stolen Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet from Blenheim Palace. No, seriously. Somebody stole a golden toilet. Among the other news, Angela Carter’s house finally gets a blue plaque to celebrate her life and work, a gynaecologist has been banned from Twitter for advertising her new book, a petition with 30,000 signatures wants words that discriminate and patronise against women to be removed from the Oxford English Dictionary, Facebook have applied to trademark the work “book” (after apparently successfully trademarking the word “face”), and America goes through another Banned Books week. Our featured book is Spider-Man: Forever Young by Stefan Petrucha. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to s...

68 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Golden Toilet 2: Electric Portaloo - Literary Loitering 110

Willy Wonka’s Golden Toilet - Literary Loitering 109

It’s been a strange few weeks in the arts world, beginning with Slovenia, which now has a rather odd transforming wooden statue of Donald Trump to go along with the bizarre, prehistoric-style statue of his wife Melania. In other news, a sculpture called America by Maurizio Cattelan has been installed in Blenheim Palace for display/use, Wellington in New Zealand gets its own dose of strange sculpture in the form of a giant hand with a face on it, an attempt in Lincolnshire to join the trend of hiding books for kids to find goes wrong, the Harry Potter books get banned (again), for apparently allowing people to summon demons when read aloud, and we have a quiz about the working titles of famous books. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your su...

55 MIN2019 SEP 24
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Willy Wonka’s Golden Toilet - Literary Loitering 109

A Disappointing Lack Of Antlers - Literary Loitering 108

After roaming the cultural wastelands for a while, we’re back with another sack full of scavenged items to poke fun at, and this week it’s a very mixed bag indeed. So what’s on the cards? Well, there’s the rise of lesbian time-travelling books, Swiss critic Martin Ebel’s corvine-based fantasies, Desert Island Discs, Northern working class licenses, Paul Harrison’s controversial true crime claims, Loch Ness monster conventions, a painting of Donald Trump (complete with bald eagle, a flag that’s fraying at the edges, Planet Earth the same size as his head, and the Statue of Liberty), Barack Obama’s summer reading list, and a quiz about rejection letters received by famous authors. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then hea...

66 MIN2019 SEP 9
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A Disappointing Lack Of Antlers - Literary Loitering 108

Literary Loitering 107 - Laser Bulge Versus Sexy Voodoo

We kick things off this week with an excerpt from the 1960s sci-fi novel Agent of Chaos by Norman Spinrad, which has a “hero” with a remarkably familiar name … Other discoveries this week include some very off books written by candidate for the nomination for the candidacy to become U.S. President Marianne Williamson, the rumour of the possibility of a children’s book that Meghan Markle may be thinking about writing, the fact that Donald Trump Jr. has written a book, the defence of the bizarre Cats trailer by the T. S. Eliot estate, and a village game that involves hiding books from children. After all that business is over, Rob rather appropriately ends the show with Wastelands: The New Apocalypse - an anthology of post-apocalyptic shorts stories edited by John Joseph Adams. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by sear...

60 MIN2019 AUG 25
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Literary Loitering 107 - Laser Bulge Versus Sexy Voodoo

Literary Loitering 106 - Balls Deep With Geoffrey Of Monmouth

The internet’s hand-basket of cultural anarchy return for more playful poking of the over-stuffed bears of books and the arts. Kicking things off this episode are Stephen King’s claims that America’s President is scarier than anything he wrote, and that he kind of predicted the future in his book The Dead Zone. After that all bets are off as we take a look at Brad Downey’s statue of Melania Trump, find out why Metallica are writing a children’s book, discover some dystopian German sci-fi based on modern Britain, channel the spirits of Hunter S. Thompson’s thanks to AirBnB and more. We end the show with Graham's thoughts about The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon ...

57 MIN2019 JUL 29
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Literary Loitering 106 - Balls Deep With Geoffrey Of Monmouth

Latest Episodes

Sexy Christmas Preambles And Footnotes - Literary Loitering 115

Not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also our last episode of 2019, and what better way to sign off for the year than our annual look at the Literary Review’s Bad Sex In Fiction Awards! As it traditional for us now, we hand over proceedings to our resident storyteller Andrew who reads out choice quotes from the books nominated for the award, while the rest of us fancy-prance into amusement, bemusement, shock, horror, and a general feeling of “what the f…?”. After that it’s time for our annual Secret Santa, where we give each other a book that we have chosen for them to read and cover on our first show back. And with that, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! We’ll see you all again in January of 2020. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thegeekshow) and give whatever you can. Thanks, and until next time, don't read anything we wouldn't! #LiteraryLoitering #TheGeekShow #Books #Novels #TheArts #Theatre #News #Reviews #Podcasts #CulturalAnarchy #Culture #LiteraryReview #BadSexAwards #BadSexInFictionAwards #TheRiverCapture #MaryCostello #TheOfficeOfGardensAndPonds #DidierDecoin #CityOfGirls #ElizabethGilbert #Pax #JohnHarvey #TheElectricHotel #DominicSmith #SecretSanta #ChristmasSpecial

38 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Sexy Christmas Preambles And Footnotes - Literary Loitering 115

Attack Of The Phallocratic Entryists - Literary Loitering 114

Donald Trump Jr. has apparently been upholding the family’s traditional methods of inflating book sales figures, which we really should have expected so I’m not sure why anyone’s surprised anymore. On the other hand, somebody hiding LGBTQ, gun control, “women’s fiction”, and anti-Trump books in a public library in Idaho is surprisingly devious. In other news, it’s Work In Publishing week so expect a lot of unpaid internships (I.e. volunteers), a case of unreturned children’s books spirals wildly out of control, John Bercow will publish a new candid memoir about his time as Speaker for the House Of Commons, Collins dictionary release their word of the year and much more. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to...

55 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Attack Of The Phallocratic Entryists - Literary Loitering 114

Roger Bacon's Robot Head - Literary Loitering 113

This week we’re kicking things off with one of our favourite books awards - the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. In other news, a new children’s book attempts to do what politicians can’t - explain Brexit, the Asterix comics get their first female protagonist, a new app will make books easier to read by compressing them and taking out all the difficult words, an Instagram account describes itself as an online library for old and out-of-print books, and a man has spent 20 years searching, gathering and compiling Shakespeare’s library. After that, Sarah regales us with her thoughts on No One Is Too Small by Greta Thunberg, and we have a quiz about famous people who have food in their names. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If y...

65 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Roger Bacon's Robot Head - Literary Loitering 113

Mastery Over The Power Of Denim - Literary Loitering 112

The cultural anarchists are back for another not-so-serious look at the serious world of books and the arts, and kicking things off this week is the Nobel Prize for Literature - which was suspended for a year because of allegations of sexual harassment. So this year should be better, right? RIGHT? After that we discover that the Booker prize is also in the news for both right and wrong reasons, new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, a new children’s book featuring Lady Hale of the Supreme Court, and a whole lot more. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thegeekshow) and give whatever you can. Thanks, and until next time, don't read anything we wouldn't! #LiteraryLoitering...

69 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Mastery Over The Power Of Denim - Literary Loitering 112

Sentient Twitter Hot-Takes - Literary Loitering 111

The ramshackle paddle-boat on the turbid rivers of culture returns for another meandering;y humorous look at the things that have been happening in the world of books and the arts, and kicking things of this week is Grr Martin’s statement that the Game of Thrones books (the ones that haven’t been published yet), will be longer than the TV series. We’ll just leave that statement there for you all to ponder and move on … In other news, Chad Allen has created an audio comic-book for blind people, Turkey have banned a kids book from being sold to anyone under the age of eighteen, Tony Thorne is compiling a glossary of “Brexitspeak”, Jessica Love wins the Klaus Flugge Prize for her picture-book illustration, a man has been jailed for stealing 7000 books from Scottish universities, and more. It’s a veritable festival of cultural anarchy for your earholes. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You ca...

64 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Sentient Twitter Hot-Takes - Literary Loitering 111

Golden Toilet 2: Electric Portaloo - Literary Loitering 110

We begin this episode with the news that someone has stolen Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet from Blenheim Palace. No, seriously. Somebody stole a golden toilet. Among the other news, Angela Carter’s house finally gets a blue plaque to celebrate her life and work, a gynaecologist has been banned from Twitter for advertising her new book, a petition with 30,000 signatures wants words that discriminate and patronise against women to be removed from the Oxford English Dictionary, Facebook have applied to trademark the work “book” (after apparently successfully trademarking the word “face”), and America goes through another Banned Books week. Our featured book is Spider-Man: Forever Young by Stefan Petrucha. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to s...

68 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Golden Toilet 2: Electric Portaloo - Literary Loitering 110

Willy Wonka’s Golden Toilet - Literary Loitering 109

It’s been a strange few weeks in the arts world, beginning with Slovenia, which now has a rather odd transforming wooden statue of Donald Trump to go along with the bizarre, prehistoric-style statue of his wife Melania. In other news, a sculpture called America by Maurizio Cattelan has been installed in Blenheim Palace for display/use, Wellington in New Zealand gets its own dose of strange sculpture in the form of a giant hand with a face on it, an attempt in Lincolnshire to join the trend of hiding books for kids to find goes wrong, the Harry Potter books get banned (again), for apparently allowing people to summon demons when read aloud, and we have a quiz about the working titles of famous books. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your su...

55 MIN2019 SEP 24
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Willy Wonka’s Golden Toilet - Literary Loitering 109

A Disappointing Lack Of Antlers - Literary Loitering 108

After roaming the cultural wastelands for a while, we’re back with another sack full of scavenged items to poke fun at, and this week it’s a very mixed bag indeed. So what’s on the cards? Well, there’s the rise of lesbian time-travelling books, Swiss critic Martin Ebel’s corvine-based fantasies, Desert Island Discs, Northern working class licenses, Paul Harrison’s controversial true crime claims, Loch Ness monster conventions, a painting of Donald Trump (complete with bald eagle, a flag that’s fraying at the edges, Planet Earth the same size as his head, and the Statue of Liberty), Barack Obama’s summer reading list, and a quiz about rejection letters received by famous authors. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then hea...

66 MIN2019 SEP 9
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A Disappointing Lack Of Antlers - Literary Loitering 108

Literary Loitering 107 - Laser Bulge Versus Sexy Voodoo

We kick things off this week with an excerpt from the 1960s sci-fi novel Agent of Chaos by Norman Spinrad, which has a “hero” with a remarkably familiar name … Other discoveries this week include some very off books written by candidate for the nomination for the candidacy to become U.S. President Marianne Williamson, the rumour of the possibility of a children’s book that Meghan Markle may be thinking about writing, the fact that Donald Trump Jr. has written a book, the defence of the bizarre Cats trailer by the T. S. Eliot estate, and a village game that involves hiding books from children. After all that business is over, Rob rather appropriately ends the show with Wastelands: The New Apocalypse - an anthology of post-apocalyptic shorts stories edited by John Joseph Adams. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by sear...

60 MIN2019 AUG 25
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Literary Loitering 107 - Laser Bulge Versus Sexy Voodoo

Literary Loitering 106 - Balls Deep With Geoffrey Of Monmouth

The internet’s hand-basket of cultural anarchy return for more playful poking of the over-stuffed bears of books and the arts. Kicking things off this episode are Stephen King’s claims that America’s President is scarier than anything he wrote, and that he kind of predicted the future in his book The Dead Zone. After that all bets are off as we take a look at Brad Downey’s statue of Melania Trump, find out why Metallica are writing a children’s book, discover some dystopian German sci-fi based on modern Britain, channel the spirits of Hunter S. Thompson’s thanks to AirBnB and more. We end the show with Graham's thoughts about The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion. If you've enjoyed this podcast then please share us with your friends or leave us a rating on your podcast app of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter @TGS_TheGeekShow, or on other social media by searching for The Geek Show (http://thegeekshow.co.uk/) . If you want to show your support then head over to Patreon ...

57 MIN2019 JUL 29
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Literary Loitering 106 - Balls Deep With Geoffrey Of Monmouth
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