Episode 9 — Steve Almond


Such a great pleasure to have Steve Almond on the show.  His new story collection, God Bless America, is due out from Lookout Books on October 25th.  Lorrie Moore calls it “funny and beguiling and completely original.”

Topics of conversation include:  communes, Jennifer Egan, too much television, nauseating self-doubt, anxiousness over books one hasn’t read, the absurdity of continuing to write even though writing is often miserable, high class problems, the scarcity of attention, Charles Dickens, hamsters eating carrots, the god-awful guilt one feels when one realizes that one is complaining about the difficulty of writing in a world where most people don’t have access to potable water, the phrase “God Bless America,” Kurt Vonnegut, Don DeLillo, and more.