A Literary Cure for S-Town Withdrawal

S-Town, the new podcast produced by the creators of Serial and This American Life, is being hailed a blockbuster and has had record downloads. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? In my humble opinion: YES! Its exploration of the troubled, but brilliant mind of John B. McLemore against the backdrop and characters of Woodstock, Alabama was absolutely riveting.

I finished listening to S-Town this past Saturday and was going through some pretty serious withdrawal. What could fill the John B. void?  The answer: the short stories mentioned in the podcast!

A person’s reading choices can be very insightful windows into the psyche. And after reading short stories John B. gave S-Town host, Brian Reed, to read (as well as couple others mentioned in the podcast), I feel I have an even better understanding of how he viewed the world.

For those of you who want to prolong the S-Town experience, I highly recommend giving the stories a try. All are available for free online, so for your reading pleasure, I’ve included links to them below.

Short Stories Mentioned in S-Town:

A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner

The Necklace,” by Guy de Maupassant

The Renegade,” by Shirley Jackson

Berenice,” by Edgar Allen Poe (includes a downloadable audio recording)

Brokeback Mountain,” by Annie Proulx

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