Wayne is solo today and he talks about a concept that he and his co-host Jennia D’Lima were discussing recently—important in approaching any kind of fiction. Irony. What exactly is it? Why is it important to be aware of as you read fiction, or frankly experience any art form? And how can an appreciation of irony help you perhaps even enjoy a novel that you might otherwise despise or avoid outright?

David Cross

Ricky Gervais

 A Dictionary of Critical Theory, 2nd ed., by Ian Buchanan (Oxford, 2018)