Why host a podcast about masculine identity in 2022? Because the world needs it now more than ever.


Literary Guise is a podcast / book club where we (those who identify as men and those who want to understand men better) review great literary works and discuss what they have to say about masculine archetypes.


We’re here to take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly. We plan to address toxic masculinity head-on and perhaps learn where we’ve gotten some of our more misguided notions from the characters and stories that have shaped our culture. But we’re also here to celebrate the things that make those who identify as men great!


We’re two guys (“guise,” get it?) who love literature. We’re life-long friends, one of us is gay, the other straight, and we have very different ideas as to what defines a man in this modern age. We’re here to hash it out over drinks and book analysis.



Gordon McCallan (PhD)

A leading executive in the tech industry, you probably are reading this on something he’s worked on.

Favorite writer: Bret Easton Ellis.

Favorite novel: Microserfs by Douglas Coupland.

Literary character with whom he most identifies:

Tom Ripley from Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series (minus the murder and most of the paranoia).


Zachary Kellian (an Autodidact)

An author of short fiction and an upcoming novel. He is also the co-founder and editor of Orca: A Literary Journal. 

Favorite writer: Dylan Thomas

Favorite novel: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Literary character with whom he most identifies:

Ben Sanderson from Leaving Las Vegas (minus the solicitation of sex workers and some of the alcoholism.)


Plan ahead on your reading for our international book club with the

Literary Guise 2022 Season


Here’s what we’ll be reading and discussing in our second season. New episodes debut every Monday with the first three weeks being dedicated to one novel and the fourth week featuring a surprise reading/ literary locale. 



  • March: Kitchen Confidential  by Anthony Bourdain

  • April: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • May: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

  • June: The Body by Stephen King

  • July: Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

  • August: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  • September: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  • October: The Complete Works of Bret Easton Ellis

  • November: TBD — Listeners’ Choice

  • December: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy


An episode uploaded every Monday to wherever you listen to your podcasts.


We record live from The Stardust Lounge in Seattle, Washington. They supply the drinks and the ambiance and have promised to kick us out if we’re over-served or make too many bad jokes, whichever comes first. 

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