Episode 72 — Edgar OliverEpisode 68 — David ReesEpisode 73 — Elna Baker Episode 74 — Jim LynchEpisode 67 — Chloe CaldwellEpisode 66 — Kris D'AgostinoEpisode 71 — Ben FountainEpisode 69 — Etgar Keret

Episode 74 — Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch is today’s guest.  He’s the author of three novels, the most recent of which is Truth Like the Sun, now available from Knopf.  It was the May selection for the TNB Book Club. Janet Maslin of the New York Times raves: Enveloping and propulsive….Lynch’s twosome, a 30-ish newspaper reporter and the much older […]


Episode 73 — Elna Baker

Elna Baker is the guest.  She’s the author of memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, now available from Penguin.  She’s also an accomplished performer, having appeared at The Moth, on This American Life, WTF, Studio 360, Radiolab, BBC Radio 4, at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT, The Magnet, and at many […]


Episode 72 — Edgar Oliver

Edgar Oliver is the guest. He is an American stage and film actor, a poet, a performance artist, and a playwright.  His poetry collections include The Man Who Loved Plants, and his plays include The Drowning Pages.  Onstage, he has performed a popular one-man show called East 10th Street:  Self Portrait with Empty House.  And […]


Episode 71 — Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain is the guest.  He is the author of the debut short story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (Harper Perennial), which won him the PEN/Hemingway Award.  And now he has published his first novel, entitled Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, available now from Ecco. Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn, has this to […]


Episode 70 — Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel is the guest.  Her latest novel is called The Lola Quartet, and it is available now from Unbridled Books. Library Journal, in a starred review, raves: In this transcendent third novel, Emily St. John Mandel combines her most compelling characters with a breath-taking, tension-filled story as she examines again questions of […]


Episode 69 — Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret is the guest.  He’s the author of several books, the most recent of which is called Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, now available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Jonathan Safran Foer calls it Keret’s greatest book yet—the most funny, dark, and poignant. It’s tempting to say these stories are his most Kafkaesque, […]


Episode 68 — David Rees

David Rees is the guest.  He’s the author of How to Sharpen Pencils, a practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening, for writers, artists, contractors, flange turners, anglesmiths, and civil servants, with illustrations showing current practice, now available from Melville House. He is also the creator of the comic strip Get […]


Episode 67 — Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell is today’s guest.  She’s the author of a debut essay collection called Legs Get Led Astray, now available from Future Tense Books. Raves Cheryl Strayed: Chloe Caldwell’s Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels […]


Episode 66 — Kris D’Agostino

Kris D’Agostino is the guest.  He’s the author of the debut novel The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac (Algonquin), which was the March selection for the TNB Book Club. Raves Brock Clarke, author of Exley: A singularly funny, bitter, bold book about what it’s like to resemble people you want badly to be better than. This […]