Episode 93 — Lidia YuknavitchEpisode 98 — Pauls ToutonghiEpisode 99 — Elizabeth EllenEpisode 92 — Patrick WensinkEpisode 95 — Maria Semple<i>Vol. 1 Brooklyn</i> InterviewA Mix-Tape of Songs Related to the Writing Life, Over at <i>Electric Literature</i>Episode 94 — Karl Taro Greenfeld

Episode 100 — George Saunders

George Saunders is today’s guest.  He’s the bestselling author of several books, including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and The Braindead Megaphone, and his brand new story collection, Tenth of December, is due out from Random House in January 2013. Thomas Pynchon calls him An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds […]


Vol. 1 Brooklyn Interview

I’ve been interviewed about the podcast over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. (Thanks to Jon Reiss and Jason Diamond!)  An excerpt… On August 29th, the Other People podcast will run its 100th episode.  Host Brad Listi is an author and the founder of The Nervous Breakdown.  His show stands out from book talk media outlets both […]


Episode 99 — Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen is today’s guest.  She’s the author of the chapbook Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense) and her latest book, Fast Machine, is a collection of her best work from the last decade. She lives in Ann Arbor where she co-edits Hobart and oversees its book division, Short Flight/Long Drive Books. […]


Episode 98 — Pauls Toutonghi

Pauls Toutonghi is today’s guest.  He’s the author of two novels, the latest of which is called Evel Knievel Days, now available from Crown Books. Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it [A] superb literary effort….With writing both gently ironical and outright funny, the author’s extraordinary talent draws readers into the world of Butte and […]


Episode 97 — Oksana Marafioti

Oksana Marafioti is today’s guest.  She’s the author of a new memoir called American Gypsy, now available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Kirkus calls it Engaging . . . Marafioti describes with humor and introspection how the self-described ‘Split Nationality Disorder’ she experienced growing up only magnified upon her family’s emigration from the former Soviet […]


Episode 96 — Steve Roggenbuck

Steve Roggenbuck is the guest.  He is a traveling poet-slash-blogger whose latest poetry collection, Crunk Juice, is now available from Lief Books.  He also hosts a weekly, web-based television show called The Illuminati Power Hour, which is available via Spreecast. Says HTML Giant: The internet helped to make this possible. Roggenbuck now has readers/fans/online friends […]


A Mix-Tape of Songs Related to the Writing Life, Over at Electric Literature

To celebrate the impending 100-episode mark, I’ve put together a mix-tape of songs related to the writing life over at Electric Literature.  (Big thanks to Elissa Goldstein & Julia Jackson!) An excerpt: 7.)  SONG TO LISTEN TO SHORTLY BEFORE GIVING A READING TO THREE PEOPLE, ONE OF WHOM IS YOUR MOM, AT A BARNES & […]


Episode 95 — Maria Semple

Maria Semple is today’s guest.  For years she worked in television, writing for shows like Mad About You and Arrested Development.  Then, in 2008, she published her debut novel, This One is Mine.  Her follow-up effort, a novel called Where’d You Go, Bernadette, has just been published by Little, Brown.  [Official pub date:  08/14/12]  It […]


Episode 94 — Karl Taro Greenfeld

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the guest.  He’s a journalist who has written for The Nation, Time magazine, and Sports Illustrated.  And he’s the author of six books, the most recent of which is a novel called Triburbia, now available from Harper. Booklist, in a starred review, raves: Compelling. . . . Greenfeld brilliantly illuminates the […]


Episode 93 — Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is today’s guest.  She’s the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, and now she has published her debut novel, called Dora: A Headcase.  Both titles are available from Hawthorne Books. Chuck Palahniuk raves In Dora, [Lidia Yuknavitch] takes the most classic model of Thera-tainment, personal-crisis-as-content, and […]


New York Daily News Interview

  The New York Daily News has interviewed me about the podcast as it approaches 100 episodes.  Special thanks to Sarah Langs!

HTML Giant reviews my tweets

The lovely Melissa Broder (my guest in Episode 58) has reviewed my tweets for the esteemed lit blog HTML GIANT.  Big thanks, Melissa!


Episode 92 — Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink is today’s guest.  His latest novel, Broken Piano for President, is now available from Lazy Fascist Press. It recently incited an unusually kind cease-and-desist letter from Jack Daniel’s, Inc. Publishers Weekly calls it [A] psychedelic trip of a novel. And the Louisville Courier-Journal describes it as A D.I.Y. Frankenstein’s monster that uses parts pulled off […]