This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present. A typical episode offers an introduction, a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis of how the work came to be. The episodes include original ambient and symphonic background music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

Doug Metzger finished his Ph.D. in literature in 2011. His chief scholarly interest continues to be 19th-century realism and postbellum American philosophy. In addition to podcasting, he enjoys playing music, writing fiction, recording ridiculous songs, trail running, and hanging out with his awesome little family. His dog, Parker, is the show's co-host, sound engineer, and publicist.

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Learn more about the show in this article in Pacific Standard magazine.