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The Podcasts

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Lit Bitlette ... Knights

For those of you who like your Lit Bits short and sweet, here’s the first of our mini Lit Bits—a Lit Bitlette—or micro-pod—or petit podule—featuring 5 golden minutes of James Kidd, Esq., riding solo, and musing—admittedly between sizeable swigs—on literature and knights. Saddle up, Sir Gawain. This Pod Lite is dedicated to David Knight, Esq, who is responsible for designing the Lit Bits website. For further information about Mr Knight, if that isn’t a contradiction in terms, contact us at our email or Twitter page. Mr Knight: Lit Bits salutes you. 

Duration: 4.51

Arise Sir Podcast

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Lit Bits on History

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by best-selling novelist and antiquarian maestro Giles Milton. Our fearless musers dance a pas de deux with Clio and her many incarnations—viz. the writing of history—the features thereof—fiction and narrative— character in the archives—almanacs and chronologies—that friend of Clio, Jay-Z—Devon—Andrew Motion, etc.

Giles Milton is the author of many books, including Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History, and White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves. You can get more of Giles Milton by clicking here.

Duration: 32.54

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Lit Bits on Architecture

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by Steve Rose Esq., Guardian critic and man of buildings. Some 40 minutes of musings on books and buildings—the links and differences—with some matters concerning the relationship between reading a book and walking a city. The lusty symbolism of bricks—unfinished designs—how to enter a building. A middle section containing two questions in very different styles—an extraordinary scene with Mr Andrew Motion—and the pleasant history then draws to a conclusion. Regrets are few as the fellows depart for an ordinary or inn.

Duration: 41.31

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Lit Bits on Advertising

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by advertising wiz, comedy writer, and all-round chap-about-town Jonathan Thake. Our trusty podders saddle their steeds and engage in a veritable canter through the vast wild fields of literature and advertising. Among other oddities they encounter on their questing voyage, are Ben Jonson, Pot Noodle, American Psycho, Heineken, and Andrew Motion. Profit and delight are assured.

Duration: 38.05

Jonathan Thake is a television writer. His first comedy series, The Persuasionists, told the story of a fictional advertising agency, and premiered on BBC2 in 2010. Jonathan also works in advertising, and is best known for the controversial ‘slag of all snacks’ campaign for Pot Noodle.

A pod a day helps you work, rest and play

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Lit Bits on Film

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by film critic and author James Mottram to discuss several matters pertaining to literature and film.

After some general comments, the topics touched upon include the many difficulties involved when translating prose to the cinema—the life and opinions of Thomas Hanks Esq—the strange discourse of The Empire Strikes Back (a novel in several episodes)—the peculiarities of reading a book and attending the cinema—Mr Thomas Hanks (actor)—the attractions or otherwise of becoming a screenwriter—the curious circumstances that befell Thomas Hanks—as well as more surprising and unexpected adventures, full of learning and good wit.

Did we mention Tom Hanks?

Duration: 37.15

James Mottram is the author of The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood .

Boys on film.

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Lit Bits on Food

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by Polly Russell.

After the introduction to the work—or bill of fare to the feast—containing as much of the background as is necessary or proper to acquaint the listener (or ‘podder’) with in the beginning of this ‘podcast’—discussion turned to such topics as cookbooks—TV chefs—poems about plums—and the right number of servants for the upkeep of a stately house.

Containing scenes of gastronomical felicity in different degrees of life—and various other transactions. Fit for all to consume.

Duration: 38.55

Polly Russell is a Curator at the British Library, and co-author of the celebrated The Kitchen Revolution: A Year of Time-and-money-saving Recipes. Polly is also a chef, and has cooked under Joyce Molyneux and at London’s renowned Moro.

The pod you can eat between meals without runining your appetite.

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Lit Bits on Bad Literature

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by that traveller of Helicon and friend of Apollo, James Byrne.

Containing the most memorable transactions which passed in discussion of literature ripe in its badness. In this ‘podcast’, the listener—or ‘podder’—may pick up some hints concerning the writing—and reading—and poetry and prose. What is badness? Is it just a matter of taste (yeuch)? What makes a bad sentence?

Duration: 36.45

James Byrne is the editor of the poetry magazine The Wolf. His second poetry collection, Blood/Sugar, has just been published by Arc Publications. He lives in New York.

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Lit Bits on Football

In which Adam Smyth and James Kidd are joined by the sporting enthusiast and man of letters Joe Brooker.

Containing a portion of time somewhat longer than a demi-heure—and composed of many rules, and some examples—by which the twin arts of pen and boot may be aligned—and other prudential inducements to comparison. Which inaugurates Lit Bits, with an instance of wit, which—we hope—will not appear unnatural. The authors crave the forbearance of the listener (or ‘podder’) that this being a pilot pod, the sound is (in the words of the demotic) ‘somewhat patchy.’

Duration: 33.31

Joe Brooker teaches English literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he works on modern and contemporary literature and culture. He has written on the work of James Joyce and Flann O’Brien, and his latest book is Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

A pod of three thirds

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