WARNING: This episode contains mentions of sexual assault right from the jump because there's a lot of it in this book.

This month we discuss Candide by Voltaire. SPOILER ALERT: We hated it! Listen to find out more about the death of one-name superstar Voltaire, red sheep, and why we need Nick Cage for a project.

Also, this is the first time we've tried editing in a musical cue ( Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre, for reasons that will become evident) so apologies if it sounds sloppy.


  • Don't read Candide if you can avoid it 

  • The Work of the Dead by Thomas Laquer

  • This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hagglund

  • Nancy Collins’s Sonja Blue novels

  • The Good Place

  • Pet Semetary by Stephen King (and the I Don’t Even Own a Television Podcast on the book)

Notre Dame de Paris

Vanity Fair Part II