Episode 11 — Adam Levin


Adam Levin is the guest.  He’s the author of The Instructions, a 1,030-page novel published by McSweeney’s in late 2010 to great critical acclaim.

“Evocative of David Foster Wallace,” writes Rolling Stone, “full of death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth.”

Topics of conversation include:  page counts, cigarettes, discipline, work schedules, exotic fowl, McSweeney’s, readings, paranoia over readings, Facebook, Dave Eggers, Flannery O’Connor, the sound of writing, whispering birds, psychotic muttering, sentient beings, day jobs, teaching, Chicago, metalheads, punk rockers, George Saunders, bad posture, back pain, Hemingway, Nabokov, caffeine, hemorrhoids, Mary Gaitskill, fear of doctors, pedophiles, thyroglossal duct cysts, and more.