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Episode 135 — Brian Allen Carr

Brian Allen Carr is today’s guest. He is the award-winning author of the story collection Short Bus, and his latest collection, Vampire Conditions, is now available from Holler Presents. Harrold Jaffe says Vampire Conditions melds a precise Texas regional with gothic, recalling Flannery O’Connor, who wrote out of Georgia. But Carr’s intricate narrative patterns, jump […]


Mira Gonzalez’s mom ‘live-tweets’ Episode 133

Mira Gonzalez is the guest on Episode 133.  It has come to my attention that her mother, Lora Norton, listened to the show and ‘live-tweeted’ the experience. Below is a sampling of Lora’s reaction to the episode, as captured on Twitter….

Episode 134 — Robert Kloss

Robert Kloss is the guest. His latest novel, The Alligators of Abraham, is now available from Mud Luscious Press. David Ohle raves In this amazing, collapsed-time text, I’m led along dark alleys of American history by an all-seeing voice-over narrative that reports on things from a great height and in an ultra-factual way. Familiar events […]


Episode 133 — Mira Gonzalez

Mira Gonzalez is today’s guest. Her debut poetry collection is called I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together. It is due out from Sorry House in late January 2013. Blake Butler says Mira Gonzalez’s brain spans the weird space between bodies stuffed with Ambien and food and light from porn on […]


Episode 132 — Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman is the guest.  She is the author of four novels and a past recipient of the PEN West Award for Fiction. Her latest novel, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, is now available from Ig Publishing. It is the December selection of The TNB Book Club. Publishers Weekly raves Wagman’s talent for […]


Episode 131 — Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini is today’s guest.  He is the award-winning author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah…. In television, he has written for MTV and ABC. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Salon. He […]


Episode 130 — Zena el Khalil

Zena el Khalil is the guest. She is an installation artist, curator, cultural activist, and author.  During the July 2006 attacks on Lebanon, her blog, beirutupdate.blogspot.co/uk, was published by CNN and the BCC.  In 2008, she was invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and earlier this year she was named a […]


Episode 129 — Salvatore Pane

Salvatore Pane is the guest. His chapbook, #KanyeWestSavedFromDrowning, was published by NAP back in October, and his debut novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, is now available from Braddock Avenue Books. Stewart O’Nan raves “Like his post po-mo Facebook generation, Michael Bishop, the manic narrator of Last Call in the City of Bridges, […]


Episode 128 — Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the guest. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a past recipient of the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and her story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys (2009), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Her latest novel, Magnificence, is now available in hardcover from W.W. Norton and Company. Jonathan Lethem raves “[Magnificence is] elegant, […]


Episode 127 — Eric Raymond

Eric Raymond is today’s guest.  His debut novel, Confessions from a Dark Wood, is now available from Sator Press. Sam Lipsyte raves “The world of Eric Raymond’s winning novel may be the ‘post-idea economy,’ but rest assured, the book is never post-smart, or post-funny. It’s a rollicking and inventive corporate (and cultural) satire—get in now […]