Episode 240 — Ravi Mangla

   
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Ravi Mangla is the guest. His new novella, Understudies, is now available from Outpost 19.

Laura van den Berg raves

Ravi Mangla’s Understudies is a brilliant meditation on the private cost of celebrity, the longing to transcend the ordinary, and the seductive nature of performance. Darkly funny, sharply-observed, and terrifically moving, Understudies is an essential debut.

And Gary Lutz says

Ravi Mangla’s delightingly tight, micro-chaptered Understudies is an unassumingly beautiful and moving debut. It’s elegantly and hilariously precise about everything it touches, and it touches almost everything human.

Monologue topics: repetition, rhyming, making beats, stuff, my annual purge.