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The Nose Has Been Reading So Many Books

Julia Pistell
All the books to read.

In a couple of weeks the nation will be transfixed by a competition in which basketball teams advance through a tournament laid out as a series of brackets.

Can the same process get people more interested in literary fiction? For a decade, the Morning News has been testing that theory. They year we decided to attach ourselves, like remoras, to their enterprise. We asked three super-readers to blow through as many of thoe 16 novels as they could; and today, on a special edition of the Nose, they'll talk their way through the brackets. 

Have you downloaded your bracket? 


  • Julia Pistell -  known for her work at the Mark Twain House, her podcast Literary Disco,  her leadership of Sea Tea Improv and her brief unsettling marriage to Thomas Pynchon.
  • Alex Dueben -  a writer who frequently complains that this show spends too much time on television and not enough on books.
  • Rand Richards Cooper - novelist, essayist and short story writer. He still cannot believe it’s not butter.
  • Kevin Guilfoile - Tournament Commissioner and author most recently of  A Drive Into the Gap.

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.
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