Why do they always kill the dog, cats, and Nic Cage ruins everything

Dave’s daughter was recently traumatized when she read Where the Red Fern Grows, and we got to thinking: why the heck to teachers keep asking kids to read this book? Listen in as we discuss:

  • Why Dave’s still not sleeping and the Legend of Winston
  • What we think about this seemingly psychotic habit of authors writing books where the dog always dies
  • Why there’s no “the cat dies” genre and if there are any cats that are heroes in books
  • Why there’s a no-pets rule in the Armstrong house
  • What book adaptations would Nicolas Cage completely ruin by starring in (thanks Judson for recommending this topic)
  • Which director(s) ruined Superman

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A few of the books we mention on this episode:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0440412676″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Where the Red Fern Grows[/easyazon_link] by Wilson Rawls
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B002JXB8D4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Old Yeller[/easyazon_link] by Fred Gipson
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0689846231″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Yearling[/easyazon_link] by Marjorie Kinan Rawlings
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B008XCM18Q” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Bourne Identity[/easyazon_link] by Robert Ludlum
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1573225517″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]High Fidelity[/easyazon_link] by Nick Hornby
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1328948854″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Princess Bride[/easyazon_link] by William Goldman
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00DKW6HF2″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Black Klansman[/easyazon_link] by Ron Stallworth
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0345517067″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Stan Musial: An American Life[/easyazon_link] by George Vecsey
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0143125478″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Boys in the Boat[/easyazon_link] by Daniel James Brown
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0316422738″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Lethal White[/easyazon_link] by Robert Galbraith

This week’s bonus content:

The trailer for the documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?”

And for the image that made Barnabas laugh so hard:

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