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Matt Sumellis the guest. His novel-in-stories, Making Nice, is available now from Henry Holt.
Note: Our conversation was recorded earlier in July, days before my son was born, so you’ll hear us talking about the impending birth a little bit. I logged a bunch of interviews in the weeks leading up to delivery, anticipating a busy late summer, so if you hear things that seem chronologically lagging, baby-wise, that’s why.
And so. Matt Sumell. There are people in the world who are naturally funny, I feel, and by that I mean this: they’re the ones who don’t even have to tell a joke, and they’re still funny. They barely have to say a word. It’s like their essence is funny. They walk into the room, and things get funnier automatically. It’s just who they are, it’s the charge they give off. Matt Sumell is like this. He’s a character. You’ll get it almost right away when you listen to him talk. And he’s a hell of a writer.
In the monologue, I read and respond to some mail from listeners. I’ve been getting a lot of great email lately. So much. Many of you have taken the time to send good wishes re: the arrival of my son, and I want you to know how much I appreciate that. Thank you. (I’m not gonna overdo it reading such emails aloud, as I feel like that would be overkill.) That said, the mail runs the gamut, subject-matter-wise, and I’ll be reading more of it in episodes to come; I want to try to get to as much of it as possible on-air.