This is a great podcast—I listen to almost every episode. The variety of selections—topical variety, variety of forms (novels, essays, research, poetry) & variety of guests allows the podcast to avoid any mundane repetition. I love Lisa Schweitzer, my favorite recurring guest. She has an amazing appreciation and understanding of the very different forms of books (whereas some of the other guests, as more academically-inclined, sometimes seem distracted by it). I also live Raphael, the host. He has that critical outlook that every good moderator possesses—skepticism. I look forward to the podcast each month.