Episode 269 — <i>Labor Day</i> SpecialHow He Met My MotherWhy You Don't Want to Date MeEpisode 270 — Justin HockingPhotographing Your Penis: A Field Guide I dropped out of three colleges and work at a bicycle shop.I Make a Concerted Effort to Remain Quiet While Lifting WeightsAll of My Worries Are Average

Why You Don’t Want to Date Me

It’s extremely rare for me to become interested enough in you to want to spend more than a few hours with you, let alone allow you to regularly put your penis in my body.


I don’t really publish books

I really don’t.

How He Met My Mother

It was a pivotal, tragic, and deeply weird year.

Episode 271 — Josh Raab

Josh Raab is the guest. He is the founder of theNewerYork Press, an experimental literary publisher based in Los Angeles.  Its latest title, The Inevitable June, by Bob Schofield, is now available for pre-order.


Episode 270 — Justin Hocking

Justin Hocking is the guest. His new memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, is now available from Graywolf Press. It is the official April selection of the TNB Book Club.


If I were a director of movies I would be the most affordable actor around

The opportunities of the internet are overwhelmingly infinite to the point where we often commit ourselves to nothing at all.

We Need to Talk About Mira

What’s it like to be the mother of a young writer whose successful autobiographical work describes things like her enjoyment of being punched in the face during sex, starving herself, and smoking crack?

Noah Liveblog

On Tuesday, April 15th, in Los Angeles, California, I liveblogged a 2:45 p.m. showing of Noah, the Darren Aronofsky film based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark.

I Make a Concerted Effort to Remain Quiet While Lifting Weights

I can bench press 145 lbs. approximately 25 times.

Episode 269 — Labor Day Special

Today’s show features conversations with multiple authors, all of whom have contributed to a new anthology entitled Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Guests include the anthology’s editors, Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon, as well as Amy Brill, Arielle Greenberg, Cristina Henriquez, Heidi Julavits, Jane Roper, Rachel Jamison Webster, Sarah Jefferis, and Sarah Strickley.


Episode 268 — Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is the guest. His new novel is called Worst. Person. Ever. and it is available now from Blue Rider Press.


I don’t want a relationship but I don’t want the person I’m not having a relationship with to not want a relationship either

It seems like I don’t know how to write a proper article so I just keep doing this.

Photographing Your Penis: A Field Guide

So you think you have a nice penis? Would you like to immortalize it on the internet forever?

All of My Worries Are Average

Please enjoy this lighthearted essay about the sometimes excruciating nature of human suffering.

Episode 267 — T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood is the guest. Her latest novel, Bodies of Water, is now available from Kensington Books.


Episode 266 — Scott O’Connor

Scott O’Connor is the guest. His new novel, Half World, is now available from Simon & Schuster. (Photo credit: Peter Konerko)


I dropped out of three colleges and work at a bicycle shop.

We put up pieces on Wednesdays. Tuesday night I wrote three articles I hated. I had worked at the bike shop the four days before and had to be there this morning, too. (I’m at work now writing this.) I haven’t read what’s below. I wrote it in a panic. I felt ‘done with writing’ and didn’t want to do it anymore. I wanted to go to sleep. Before doing that, I typed this.

Ask.fm: A Love Story

I got an Ask.fm account a few months ago when I first moved back home to Los Angeles. I was bored and depressed, which led me to seek more external validation from strangers on the internet than I normally would (and I normally seek out a lot of external validation from strangers on the internet).

This Is Where I’m at with It Right Now

Maybe the sanest thing I do is give things away.

Episode 265 — Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is the guest. She is an accomplished journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and other publications. She is also a licensed investigator who specializes in death penalty work. Her debut novel, The Enchanted, is now available from Harper.