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Author: Jay and Phil

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Books we love, books we hate. Jay and Phil, two old friends with wildly different tastes recommend books for each other, then discuss them, sometimes with surprising results
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Knowledge of Angels

Knowledge of Angels

2021-08-2737:36

Jay  drags out every philosophy and theology book he owns to try and keep up with Phil on this one. Turns out Knowledge of Angels involves a child raised by wolves, a shipwrecked atheist and  a  Grand Inquisitor.  Spoiler alert, he's not called the Grand Inquisitor because he's a really good listener. If you enjoy listening to the podcast and have some ideas for books that you'd like us to recommend for each other,  leave us feedback on Facebook or at dogearedandcracked.caWe are also on Twitter now...@dogeared_pod
Catch-22

Catch-22

2021-08-0835:56

"You mean there's a catch?""Sure there's a catch," Doc Daneeka replied. "Catch-22.  Anyone who wants to get out of listening to this episode of Dog-eared and Cracked isn't really listening."In this episode, Jay swears a loyalty oath and Phil writes 'share' on a piece of paper in response to Jay's request for a share of Dog-eared and Cracked profits. This episode is a Dog-eared and Cracked 1st,  as Jay recommends a book for Phil that neither of them has read. Will this  reckless break in protocol create unresolvable chaotic havoc? Or will Jay learn to stop using excessive adjectives? Listen in to find out.If you enjoy listening to the podcast and have some ideas for books that you'd like us to recommend for each other,  leave us feedback on Facebook or at dogearedandcracked.ca
Masters of Doom

Masters of Doom

2021-06-2937:51

This episode is rated M for Mature as Phil fires up his game controller and challenges Jay to a death match.  Along the way, they discuss polygons, pool sharks, raising teenagers, and the two Johns: Romero and Carmack.  Who ends up defeating the boss monster in their final review of the book?  Level up with Dog-eared and Cracked and find out as they take on Masters of Doom.If you enjoy listening to the podcast and have some ideas for books that you'd like us to recommend for each other,  leave us feedback on Facebook or at dogearedandcracked.ca
The Library Book

The Library Book

2021-05-2938:55

Jay discovers that it's not just any library book that Phil has picked for him to read.  It's The Library Book by Susan Orlean. What does Jay think about a book full of maps, corduroy suits, chili dogs and celebrity autographs? Does Phil rate his pick using the Dewey Decimal System? Or does he return it to his local librarian before it becomes overdue?If you enjoy listening to the podcast and have some ideas for books that you'd like us to recommend for each other,  leave us feedback on Facebook or at dogearedandcracked.ca
The Warriors

The Warriors

2021-04-2736:29

Monkey jackets and ice cream pants!?! What kind of book has Jay picked out now? For all you boppers out there in the big city, Jay and Phil (that real live bunch from Coney), have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide as they take on Sol Yurick's 'The Warriors' and its 1979 movie adaption.   Leave us feedback on Facebook or at dogearedandcracked.ca (especially if you would like to point out that Phil's insistence that Cyrus was Greek is obviously incorrect). 
Hard Core Logo

Hard Core Logo

2021-04-1033:49

Season 2 of Dog-eared and Cracked returns with Hard Core Logo written by Michael Turner. But wait folks there's more! This time around Jay and Phil compare the book to the movie directed by Bruce McDonald.  If that's not enough, we've got a guest co-host for this episode.  Listen is as Jay, Phil and Mike philosophize about the life span of a punk band and then try and guess their lunch order.   Check us out on Facebook and at dogearedandcracked.ca  
Bullshit Jobs

Bullshit Jobs

2021-01-1530:34

This time around it's Phil's pick and he goes with Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. Has Phil gone too far this time or will Jay appreciate Graeber's literary prose?  Listen in as Jay tries to pronounce Latin and Phil laments the false promise of an explanation of theological underpinnings. Don't let the fancy jargon fool you, there are more laughs than ever before, as Dog-eared and Cracked dissect the value of a bullshit job.Have some feedback on one of our shows?  You can find us on Facebook or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca  We would love to hear from you! 
The Night Circus

The Night Circus

2020-12-1437:58

It's Jay's pick this time and he recommends the The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  Listen in as Phil and Jay muse on the optimal number of characters in a novel. (Spoiler alert, it's not  π. )Phil explains the reasoning behind his lack of reckless disregard for fire, while Jay somehow manages to fit sock puppets into the conversation. Will Phil enjoy the Night Circus enough for their friendship to survive this test of literary limits? Tune in to find out.Have some feedback on one of our shows?  Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca and leave some feedback. We'll read it on the show.  Even if it's about how much you disagree with our ratings. Really we will still read it on the show.  Maybe. Possibly. Likely. Ok, honestly we won't. Hey, don't be like that. Wow.  Fine. yes, ok already. We'll read it on the show anyway.
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

2020-11-2042:38

In this episode, Phil can't find anything more recent to recommend than a 170 year old book! Fighting the urge to spoil the plot for listeners, Jay accepts the challenge and together they discuss  plucky orphans, brooding gothic ramparts,  the merits of attics and marriage proposals from cousins.  Travel back in time with Jay and Phil as they review Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.Have some feedback on one of our shows? Angry that we ruined the big reveal for you (even though you had over 150 years to read the book)? Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca and leave some feedback. We'll read it on the show. 
Fargo Rock City

Fargo Rock City

2020-10-2338:08

Roses, guns and poison? No it’s not a mystery novel this time around as Jay picks out Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City for Phil to review in this episode. Listen in as Phil explains why heavy metal goddess Lita Ford is still following him and Jay laments the declining popularity of sock puppets.  Have some feedback on one of our shows? Commiserating with Jay that sock puppets carry underrated entertainment value? Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca and leave some feedback. We'll read it on the show. 
Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant

2020-09-2933:18

Was he the eighth wonder of the world, a deadbeat dad or a compassionate warrior?  Join Jay and Phil as they grapple with Andre the Giant by Box Brown. Have some feedback on one of our shows? Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca and leave some feedback. We'll read it on the show.  If you'd like to learn a little more about the world of professional wrestling check out these articles from co-host Phil.https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/the-codco-comedy-troupe-is-criminally-under-recognized/#Footnotes%20(Professional%20wrestling%20edition)https://thewalrus.ca/small-town-smackdown http://www.moscovitch.com/blog/2019/12/10/writing-about-professional-wrestling 
Ham on Rye

Ham on Rye

2020-09-0940:07

Jay's pick this week is Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski and Phil is introduced to the sordid world of Henry Chinaski. Will Phil gain an appreciation for school yard beatings, boils and heavy drinking?  Does Jay provide any illumination on whether Charles Bukowski was an insightful genius, an emotionless sociopath or one of the best writers of his generation? Listen in and find out. Enjoying the show? Have some feedback on one of our shows? Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 or at www.dogearedandcracked.ca and leave some feedback. We'll read it on the show. 
Phil picks out a novel by Phillip K. Dick and Jay learns about magic mushrooms, theology and schizophrenia. Weirdly enough, laughs ensue as they try to untangle the mind of Phillip K. Dick.   Will Jay embrace Phil's most cherished book or invent yet another new rating scale?And what could a leaking radiator hose from a Chrysler possibly have in common with a Carly Simon album? Listen in and find out.Enjoying the show? Have some feedback on one of our shows? Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 and share your thoughts. If you leave a review we will post it on www.dogearedandcracked.caThanks for listeningJay and Phil
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell. Jay picks a book but will it make Phil happy? I mean really? Does a 90 year old book still carry any meaning in today's world? What does a man who was married three times, imprisoned twice and known more for his work in mathematics, have to tell us about achieving happiness in our day to day living?Enjoying the show? Have some feedback on one of our shows? Visit us at  https://www.facebook.com/Dog-eared-and-Cracked-112028897241197 and share your thoughts.Thanks for listeningJay and Phil
Welcome to Dog-eared and Cracked, a conversation about books. Your hosts, Jay and Phil, take an eclectic approach to picking books for each other to read, with interesting results.
The Utility of Boredom

The Utility of Boredom

2020-07-0725:24

The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes. This time, Phil picks a love letter written for the sport of baseball. Jay reads it and deftly avoids any hackneyed baseball expressions in his review. Listen in as metaphors are mixed and names are dropped. Will enough free throws result in a touch down in the third period of this podcast? 
Fool

Fool

2020-06-2424:07

Fool by Christopher Moore. Phil is not fooled by Jay's pick this week and the merits of a career as court jester are debated.
Station 11

Station 11

2020-06-2024:13

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Pandemic reading in pandemic times. Phil recommends. And Jay, surprisingly, likes it.
The 50th Law

The 50th Law

2021-02-0135:07

Jay recommends The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent, to Phil this time and they discuss their love of the book. Well, one of them does anyway.  Spoiler alert, Phil is no prince to this book though he does thank Jay for the opportunity to have caught up on his sleep while reading it. Somewhere in the midst of this discourse, Jay tries to impress the listener by name dropping and then realizes he cannot correctly pronounce the name of the Czech philosopher,   Mihaly Csikszentmihaly. Check us out on Facebook and at dogearedandcracked.ca
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