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Arye Gross interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Arye Gross (“Castle” and “Ellen”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about canceled shows, CSI: NY, House II: The Second Story, The Grapes of Wrath, drunk radio hosts, 50 year old Tom Cruise, Beverly Hills Cop TV show, Mother Night, being replaced by Daniel Stern, A Midnight Clear, Coupe de Ville, John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s dance scene in The Experts, Commencement, the return of 24 and the incredible life of photographer Horace Bristol.

Leave your answer to the Firsts question (the first classic novel you can remember being assigned to read and loving) on our website for a chance to win a Soul Man DVD signed by Arye!

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Arye Gross and hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton

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  • Comment by Carl — May 28, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Though I like to read, I’ve always found many of the classics uninteresting or inaccessible. The first one that I got really absorbed in was Catcher in the Rye. It was assigned in a high school English class, so I was at just the right age to really become engrossed in the story.

  • Comment by Jen — May 28, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I love the classics sooooo much. My first was “Kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson. I fell in love with Scotland and went there about 18 months ago for my dream vacation. I know that Scotland in 1751 and today are very different, but the countryside was as beautiful as described. This book is still my favorite, 30 years later.

  • Comment by Jaime — May 28, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    The first one I loved was Lord of the Flies. I went into it expecting to hate it because my dad had mentioned it being his most hated book, but I’ll never understand how that is. The book is wonderful. The movie, starring young Balthazar Getty, is also very good (and facilitated my teenage crush on teenage Balty).

  • Comment by GuanoLad — May 29, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    I love Arye Gross. Excellent podcast.

    There’s no book I particularly enjoyed at High School, but I did love “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and beautifully illustrated by Gustave Dorรฉ. It was the first time I didn’t cynically dismiss poetry.

  • Comment by Rachel — May 29, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I read the Scarlet Letter. I was so impassioned by her struggles as a mom, and having to be emblazoned with a mark showing her sons. I just thought it was so unfair! Like Vanessa, this was when my classmates groaned, and I read it twice, just to make sure my report was incredible. I got an a+ and extra credit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment by Rachel — May 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Sins, not sons. Oops ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment by Bobby Sain — May 29, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Anne of Green Gables. It was one of the first books I ever was forced to read that stared a strong female lead. Dream vacation is still to go to P.E.I.

  • Comment by Jessica — June 4, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    I almost never like books assigned to me. I’m a Jane Austen freak (seriously, I own like published fan fiction on Pride and Prejudice…it’s sad) but when assigned “Emma” I couldn’t sit through it.

    The only book I remember enjoying was not a novel necessary since it was assigned in like 6th grade but it was “The Giver”. It was the first time my young, impressionable, little mind went “wow, my future is fucked”

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