Episode 84 — Elizabeth CollinsEpisode 87 — Scott McClanahanEpisode 90 — Christopher BehaEpisode 86 — Alexis SmithEpisode 85 — Seth GreenlandEpisode 88 — Christopher Narozny<i>Kill Your Darlings</i> Reviews the ProgramEpisode 89 — Jess Walter

Episode 91 — Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is today’s guest.  She is the Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine, and her new novel, How Should a Person Be?, is now available in the United States from Henry Holt. Miranda July raves: A new kind of book and new kind of person. A book that risks everything—shatters every rule we women […]


Episode 90 — Christopher Beha

Christopher Beha is the guest. He’s an associate editor at Harper’s magazine and the author of the debut novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder, now available from Tin House Books. Raves Shelf Awareness: Christopher Beha’s short but intricately constructed first novel tells the story of two young writers struggling to discover their personal and professional […]


Episode 89 — Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the guest.  He’s a National Book Award nominee and the author of several novels, the most recent of which is called Beautiful Ruins, now available from Harper. Helen Schulman, writing for the New York Times Book Review, calls it A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling … You’re going to love this book […]


Episode 88 — Christopher Narozny

Christopher Narozny is the guest.  His debut novel, Jonah Man, is now available from Ig Publishing. Raves Patrick DeWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers: Jonah Man is a vivid and unsettling portrait of naked American ambition, and Chris Narozny is a nimble and unflinching writer. And Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says A classic […]


Episode 87 — Scott McClanahan

Scott McClanahan is the guest.  He is the author of several books, the latest of which is called The Complete Works of Scott McClanahan, Vol. 1, now available from Lazy Fascist Press. Volume I Brooklyn raves: He might be one of the great southern storytellers of our time. And Donald Ray Pollock says Scott McClanahan […]


Kill Your Darlings Reviews the Program

Jesse Borrelle at Kill Your Darlings Journal has reviewed the show. An excerpt: The host’s inquisitive tone draws honest and insightful accounts of the craft of writing from some of today’s most interesting cultural producers. Discussions between Listi and his guests run the gamut from the quality and mutability of language, to the political forces […]

Episode 86 — Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith is today’s guest.  Her debut novel, Glaciers, is now available from Tin House Books. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls it …lyrical and luminous… And Karen Russell, bestselling author of Swamplandia!, raves Glaciers, Alexis Smith’s brilliant debut novel, is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures.  Using prose as clear as pure, cold air, Smith […]


Episode 85 — Seth Greenland

  Seth Greenland is the guest.  He’s the author of three novels, the most recent of which is The Angry Buddhist, now available from Europa Editions. The New York Times calls it: …a fine, high-end beach read for this election season… And Larry David raves: The Angry Buddhist is a great novel.  It’s satirical, it’s […]


Episode 84 — Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collins is today’s guest.  She’s the editor of The Beautiful Anthology, a collection of essays, stories, and poems from TNB Books, all of which are centered on the topic of beauty.  She’s also the author of a memoir called Too Cool for School, available later this year from HBH Press. Diana Spechler, author of […]


Episode 83 — Joshua Henkin

Joshua Henkin is the guest.  He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is a novel called The World Without You, now available from Pantheon.  He is also the director of the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College. Kirkus, in a starred review, raves: When conventionalists claim, ‘They don’t […]