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Otherppl with Brad Listi
Otherppl with Brad Listi
Brad Listi

Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading authors. Books, writing, literature, screenwriting, the creative... more

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Episodes

932. Nina Sharma

Nina Sharma is the author of the debut memoir-in-essays The Way You Make Me Feel: Love in Black and Brown,... more

23 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
931. Juliet Escoria

Juliet Escoria is the author of the story collection You Are the Snake, available from Soft Skull Press. Escoria is the... more

16 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
930. Aleksandr Skorobogatov

Aleksandr Skorobogatov is the author of Russian Gothic, available from Rare Bird. Translated by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse. Skorobogatov was born... more

11 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Can Fasting Feed Creativity?

A new 'Craftwork' episode—all about the practice of fasting and its many implications. My guest is John Oakes, author of... more

09 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
It's Hard to Talk About

In this week's monologue, I talk about the presidential election and how I've been finding it unusually difficult to talk... more

08 Jul 2024 · 29 minutes
929. Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novel Tehrangeles, available from Pantheon. Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in... more

03 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Tori Spelling's Placentas

Volume 7 of Brad & Mira For the Culture...the fall of the house of Jennifer...Swifties v Julia...Andy Cohen's Oprah regrets...the Hawk... more

02 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
The Errors Tuah

Volume 6 of Brad & Mira For the Culture...deep fakes...edibles in Las Vegas...Liam Gallagher's neighbors...Kourtney Kardashian inducing labor...the rise of Hawk... more

27 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
How to Write from the Inside Out

A new 'Craftwork' episode about writing deeply personal narratives. My guest is Rachel Krantz, author of the debut memoir Open:... more

26 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Big Asses, Plane Crashes, & Donald Sutherland's Ashes

Volume 5 of Brad & Mira For the Culture...juice cleansing....RIP Donald Sutherland...J-Lo's Photogenic Ass....Bill Belichick's Geriatric Gen Z Romance...J-Law's New... more

25 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Kathryn Miles on the 90s, the Shenandoah Murders, LGBTQ Rights, Finding Refuge in Nature, and Wilderness Crime

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 774, my conversation with Kathryn Miles. It first aired on May 25, 2022. ... more

21 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
Down Bad Cruising at the Gym

The fourth episode of 'Brad & Mira For the Culture'...O'Reilly Auto Parts...Ozempic...John Travolta at the gym...Justin Timberlake's DUI...and more... 'Brad &... more

20 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
928. Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is the author of the novel The Unsettled, now available in trade paperback from Vintage. Mathis's first novel, The Twelve... more

19 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
We Need to Talk About Kevin

The third episode of 'Brad & Mira For the Culture,' in which we cover Grimace— McDonald's character, gay icon, and... more

18 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Fear of Dogs, Earthing, and My Terrible Dream

In this week's monologue, I talk about a terrible dream I had, in which I killed Matt Damon in cold... more

17 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
927. Teddy Wayne

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novel The Winner, available from Harper. Wayne is the winner of a 2011 Whiting... more

16 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Richard Chiem on Joy Williams, Tonal Struggles, Kristin Iversen, Hippo Attacks, Mountain Lions, Depression, Pot, Childhood, and the Joy of Being a Sad Person

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 574, my conversation with Richard Chiem. It first aired on April 3, 2019. Chiem is the... more

14 Jun 2024 · 24 minutes
926. Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the debut novel We Were the Universe, available from Knopf. The official June... more

12 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Schrödinger's Kate Middleton

The second episode of 'Brad & Mira For the Culture,' in which we cover a wide range of subject... more

11 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
It Could All Be Over

In this week's monologue, I offer my thoughts on Duolingo and tell a story about the fragility of existence. *** Otherppl with... more

10 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
925. Morgan Talty

Morgan Talty is the author of the debut novel Fire Exit, available from Tin House. Talty is a citizen of the... more

09 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Tony Tulathimutte on Book Reviews, Literary Omertà, Writing for Oneself, Attention Problems, Page Layout, and Permanence

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 409, my conversation with author Tony Tulathimutte. It first aired on April 13,... more

07 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
924. Max Porter

Max Porter is the author of the novel Shy, available in trade paperback from Graywolf Press. Porter is the author of Lanny, which... more

05 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
The Real Podcasters of Los Angeles

Another new experimental content offering! This one is called 'Brad & Mira For the Culture,' and for the next few... more

04 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
There Was Something in the Sky

The return of the monologue. By popular demand, I'm going to experiment with doing stand-alone monologue episodes on Mondays, aka... more

03 Jun 2024 · 19 minutes
923. Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the debut novel Headshot, available from Viking. Bullwinkel is the author of Belly Up,... more

02 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Bill Clegg on Literary Agents, Humility, Excellence, Fame, Sales, and the Mysteries of Publishing

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 381, my conversation with author and literary agent Bill Clegg. It first aired... more

31 May 2024 · 23 minutes
922. R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon is the author of the novel Exhibit, available from Riverhead Books. Kwon is the author of the nationally... more

29 May 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
921. Colombe Schneck

Colombe Schneck is the author of Swimming in Paris: A Life in Three Stories, available from Penguin Press. Translated by... more

26 May 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Mark Leidner on Aphorisms, Writing, Risk, Memory, Parables, Myth, Poetry, Religion, Miracles, Nature, Childhood, and Church

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 545, my conversation with author and poet Mark Leidner. It first aired on October... more

24 May 2024 · 27 minutes
920. Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novel Blue Ruin, available from Knopf. Kunzru is the author of six other... more

22 May 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
919. Myriam Lacroix

Myriam Lacroix is the author of the debut novel How It Works Out, available from The Overlook Press. It is... more

19 May 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Sam Tallent on Publishing, Comedy, Community, Doug Stanhope, Vegas, Reading, Self-Education, Writing, Weed, and Panic Attacks

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 708, my conversation with author and comedian Sam Tallent. It first aired on... more

17 May 2024 · 28 minutes
918. Carvell Wallace

Carvell Wallace is the author of the debut memoir Another Word for Love, available from MCD Books. Wallace grew up between Southwestern... more

15 May 2024 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
The Life of a Bookseller

A new 'Craftwork' episode entitled 'The Life of a Bookseller.' My guest is Paul Yamazaki, principal book buyer for City Lights... more

12 May 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Garth Greenwell on Style, Opera, Kentucky, Mentors, Poetry, Bulgaria, Prose, Good Art, and Magnetism in Language

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 626, my conversation with author Garth Greenwell. The episode first aired on February... more

10 May 2024 · 21 minutes
917. Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is the bestselling author of the memoir There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension, available from Random... more

08 May 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
916. Helen Tworkov

Helen Tworkov is the author of the debut memoir Lotus Girl, available from St. Martin's Essentials. Tworkov is founding editor of Tricycle:... more

05 May 2024 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Alexandra Kleeman on Los Angeles, Filmmaking, Boredom, Adaptation, Todd Haynes, Writing, Idealism, Cynicism, Hamlet, Climate Change, and Public Breakdowns

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 732, my conversation with author Alexandra Kleeman. The episode first aired on October... more

03 May 2024 · 28 minutes
The Power of Names in Writing and Real Life

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about the power of names in writing and real life. My guest is Ethel Rohan, author... more

01 May 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
915. Alejandro Zambra and Megan McDowell

Alejandro Zambra is the author of the story collection My Documents, available from Penguin Books. Official April pick of the... more

28 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Bud Smith on Jersey, Childhood, Cop Cars, Libraries, Heavy Construction, Suburbs, Bands, Vonnegut, Rage, Seinfeld, Boredom, Blogs, and Universality

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 373, my conversation with author Bud Smith. The episode first aired on July... more

26 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
How to Structure a Novel

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how to structure a novel. My guest is Mark Cecil, author of the debut novel... more

24 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
914. Annell López

Annell López is the author of the debut story collection I'll Give You a Reason, available from The Feminist Press.... more

21 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Karolina Waclawiak on Beverly Hills, Headhunters, Money, Helping, The Believer, Being a Creative Person, Tangerine, Hollywood, Walk of Fame, and Do It Yourself

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 377, my conversation with author Karolina Waclawiak. The episode first aired on August 26,... more

19 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
How to Build a Rewarding Creative Life

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how to build a rewarding creative life. My guest is Ben Tanzer, author of the... more

17 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
913. José Vadi

José Vadi is the author of a memoir-in-essays called Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, available from Soft Skull Press. Vadi... more

14 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Min Jin Lee on Writing Slowly, Confidence, Rejections, 19th Century Social Novels, Outlining, Big Frank, Despondency, Neurotic Lawyering, Cirrhosis, and Mortality

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 455, my conversation with author Min Jin Lee. The episode first aired on... more

12 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
How to Write Good Stories

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how to write good stories. My guest is Steve Almond, author of a new book... more

10 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
912. Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the author of We Loved It All: A Memory of Life, available from W.W. Norton & Co. Millet is... more

07 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Tommy Pico on Touring, Performing, Alter Egos, Tricking Yourself, Poetry, Voice, Longform, Improv, Daily Writing Practice, Beyonce, Bird Songs, Purpose, and Building Community

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 559, my conversation with poet, artist, and television writer Tommy Pico. The episode... more

05 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
How to Get Somewhat Better at Art

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how to get (somewhat) better at art. My guest is Nicholson Baker, author of Finding... more

03 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
911. Alexandra Tanner

Alexandra Tanner is the author of the debut novel Worry, available from Scribner. Tanner is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor.... more

31 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
John Keene on Ghost Books, Song Cave, Publishing, Reading Poetry, Delayed Gratification, Language, Meaning, Youth, Freedom, Identity, Memories, Stories, History, and Punks

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 762, my conversation with author John Keene about his poetry collection Punks, which... more

29 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
910. Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novel Biography of X, available in trade paperback from Picador. Lacey is the author of... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
909. Rowan Beaird

Rowan Beaird is the author of the debut novel The Divorcées, available from Flatiron Books. Beaird is a writer whose work has... more

24 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Stephen Graham Jones on Stephen King, Slasher Movies, Fear, Writing Fast, Being Physical, the Mechanics of a Joke, Dilating the Moment, Imaginary Safe Places, Screenwriting, Caffeine, and the Perfect Horror Novel

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 666, my conversation with author Stephen Graham Jones. It first aired on August... more

22 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
908. Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht is the author of the novel The Morningside, available from Random House. Obreht is the internationally bestselling author of The Tiger's... more

20 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
907. Adelle Waldman

Adelle Waldman is the author of the novel Help Wanted, available from W.W. Norton & Co. Waldman is the best-selling... more

17 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Tao Lin on Iced Coffee, Cannabis, Eating Tobacco, Beta-Carbolines, Kathleen Harrison, Terence McKenna, Tripping, Taking Notes, Autobiographical Writing, MDMA Films, Memory, and Leave Society

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 521, my conversation with author Tao Lin. It first aired on May 20, 2018. Lin is... more

15 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
906. Katya Apekina

Katya Apekina is the author of the novel Mother Doll, available from The Overlook Press. Apekina is a novelist, screenwriter, and translator.... more

13 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
905. Tana French

Tana French is the author of the novel The Hunter, available from Viking Books. It is the official March pick... more

10 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Sebastian Castillo on Teaching, Creative Constraints, Oulipo Writing, Edouard Leve, Hybrid Forms, Warhol, GIF Novels, Dennis Cooper, Boredom, Emotion, Imitation, and Philip Roth

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 679, my conversation with author Sebastian Castillo. It first aired on November 4,... more

08 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
904. Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the novel Wandering Stars, available from Knopf. Orange is a graduate of the MFA program... more

06 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
How to Write Flash Fiction

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how to write flash fiction. My guest is author and editor Tommy Dean. Dean is the... more

03 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Leland Cheuk on Success, Rejection, Persistence, Bad Luck, Denial, Near-Death Experiences, Rebirth, Freedom Swimmers, and Good Luck

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 613, my conversation with author Leland Cheuk. It first aired on November 20, 2019. Cheuk is... more

01 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
903. Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is the author of the memoir Grief Is for People, available from MCD Books. Crosley is the author of the novels Cult Classic and The... more

28 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
902. Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is the author of A Map of Future Ruins, available from Riverhead Books. Markham is the author of the award-winning The... more

25 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Ben Loory on Needles, Doctors, Nighttime, The Sun, Endings, Dennis Etchison, Screenwriting, Growing Up Without a TV, Writing Mathematically, and The Twilight Zone

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 29, my conversation with author Ben Loory. It first aired on December 25,... more

23 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
901. Vanessa Chan

Vanessa Chan is the author of the bestselling debut novel The Storm We Made, available from Marysue Rucci Books. It... more

21 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
900. Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the author of the memoir Splinters, available from Little, Brown & Co. Jamison is the author of... more

18 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Jacinda Townsend on Music, Kentucky, Childhood, Greyhound Buses, Getting Taken Seriously, Siblings, Skipping Grades, Leaving Home, and Harvard

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 264, my conversation with author Jacinda Townsend. It first aired on March 30,... more

16 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
899. Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson is the author of the novel The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers, available from Flatiron Books. Tomlinson, a former... more

14 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
898. Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is the author of the novel Burma Sahib, available from Mariner Books. Theroux is the author of many... more

11 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Bethany C. Morrow on Air Travel, Basic Human Manners, Throat Chops, Self-Soothing, Pretzels, Mindful Eating, California Produce, The Obscenity of Vegetarians, and Her Sister’s Potato Salad

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 531, my conversation with author Bethany C. Morrow. It first aired on July 4, 2018. Morrow is... more

09 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
897. Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is the author of the novel The Road from Belhaven, available from Knopf. Livesey was born and... more

07 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
896. Brandi Wells

Brandi Wells is the author of the debut novel The Cleaner, available from Hanover Square Press. Wells' other books include... more

04 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Megan Boyle on Tao Lin, Marriage, Media Coverage, Blogging, Me Fatigue, Isolation, Hippie Siblings, Moving, Shyness, and Alien Abductors

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 13, my conversation with author Megan Boyle. It first aired on October 30,... more

02 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
895. Christina Cooke

Christina Cooke is the author of the debut novel Broughtupsy, available from Catapult. Cooke's writing has previously appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Prairie... more

31 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
894. Annie Liontas

Annie Liontas is the author of the memoir-in-essays Sex with a Brain Injury, available from Scribner. Liontas is also... more

28 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Lidia Yuknavitch on Artistic Responsibility, Life and Death Moments, The Savior Complex, Understanding Others, Ideology, Direct Action, Rage, and Change

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 370, my conversation with author Lidia Yuknavitch. It first aired on July 15, 2015. Yuknavitch... more

26 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
893. Venita Blackburn

Venita Blackburn is the author of the debut novel Dead in Long Beach, CA, available from MCD Books.   Blackburn's other... more

24 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
892. Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed is the author of the play The Slave Who Loved Caviar, now available in print from Archway Editions. Ishmael... more

21 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Atticus Lish on Book Reviews, Expectations, Isolation, Chinese, New York, Family, Drawing, Phillips Exeter, and Don DeLillo

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 331, my conversation with Atticus Lish. It first aired on November 19, 2014. Lish... more

19 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
891. Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel Beautyland, available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Bertino's other books include the... more

17 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
890. De'Shawn Charles Winslow

De'Shawn Charles Winslow is the author of the novel Decent People, now available in trade paperback from Bloomsbury. Winslow's debut novel,... more

14 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Jean Kyoung Frazier on New York City, Bartending, Crushtomers, Not Caring, Dead Flies, First Lines, Reconnecting, and Ambivalence About Ambition

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 659, my conversation with Jean Kyoung Frazier. This episode first aired on July... more

12 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Publishing Industry Predictions: 2024

A new 'Craftwork' episode. A conversation with Kathleen Schmidt, an expert on the book business and the author of a... more

10 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
889. Julie Myerson

Julie Myerson is the author of the novel Nonfiction, available from Tin House. It is the official January pick of... more

07 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi on Moving, Revolution, Sai Baba, Transnational Personhood, Sea Captains, and the Upper Midwest

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 507, my conversation with author Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi. This episode first aired on... more

05 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
888. Susannah Breslin

Susannah Breslin is the author of the memoir Data Baby: My Life in a Psychological Experiment, available from Legacy Lit.... more

03 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
My Favorite Books of 2023

In this, the final episode of 2023, I'm sharing my ten favorite books of the year. Incredibly difficult to choose—and... more

31 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
Best of 2023 - Part 3

The third in a series of episodes, looking back on 2023 and breaking down the most popular conversations of the... more

27 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Best of 2023 - Part 2

The second in a series of episodes, looking back on 2023 and breaking down the most popular conversations of the... more

26 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Best of 2023 - Part 1

The first in a series of episodes, looking back on 2023 and breaking down the most popular conversations of the... more

24 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
Alexander Chee on Titles, Endings, Writer Types, Anger, Patience, Deadlines, and the Messiness of the Creative Process

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 400, my conversation with author Alexander Chee. This episode first aired on February 16,... more

22 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
887. Lauren Elkin

Lauren Elkin is the author of Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art, available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Elkin's essays... more

20 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
How Meditation Can Inform Creative Writing

A new 'Craftwork' episode, about how meditation can inform creative writing. My guest is Melissa Broder, author of the novel... more

17 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Michael Earl Craig on Shoeing Horses, Poetry, Grad School, Feedback, Raymond Carver, Family, and Creative Inheritance

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 308, my conversation with poet Michael Earl Craig. This episode first aired on August... more

15 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
886. E.J. Koh

E.J. Koh is the author of the debut novel The Liberators, available from Tin House. It is the official December... more

13 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
885. Rumaan Alam

Rumaan Alam is the bestselling author of the novel Leave the World Behind, available in trade paperback from Ecco Books.... more

10 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Chuck Klosterman on Brooklyn, Book Tour, Time, Predictions, Identity Politics, Farming, High School, Dreams, and Heavy Metal

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 423, my conversation with bestselling author Chuck Klosterman. This episode first aired on July... more

08 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
884. Blake Butler

Blake Butler is the author of the memoir Molly, available from Archway Editions. Butler is the author of five books of... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 56 minutes
883. Wendy Chin-Tanner

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the debut novel King of the Armadillos, available from Flatiron Books. Chin-Tanner is the author of... more

03 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Elizabeth Ellen on Whiskey, Childhood, Shyness, Florida, House Parties, Panic Attacks, and The Hills

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 99, my conversation with author and publisher Elizabeth Ellen. This episode first aired on August... more

01 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Think Like a Publicist

A new 'Craftwork' episode, all about the art of book publicity. My guest is longtime literary publicist Lauren Cerand. Lauren... more

29 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 54 minutes
How to Be a Ghostwriter

A new 'Craftwork' episode, all about ghostwriting. My guest is Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of Book Architecture. Horwitz has spent over... more

26 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Susan Choi on Adolescence, Motherhood, Teaching, Me Too, Power, Abuse, and High School

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 647, my conversation with author Susan Choi. She won the National Book Award in... more

24 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
882. Lindsay Hunter

Lindsay Hunter is the author of the novel Hot Springs Drive, available from Roxane Gay Books.   Hunter received her MFA in... more

22 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
881. Lexi Freiman

Lexi Freiman is the author of the novel The Book of Ayn, available from Catapult. Freiman is an Australian writer and... more

19 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Jonathan Ames on Insecurity, Writing, Youth, Time, Choices, Failure, Letting Go, Luck, David Letterman, and Hollywood Meetings

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 520, my conversation with author Jonathan Ames. Ames is the author of several books, including... more

17 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
880. Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of the novel Day, available from Random House.  Cunningham is a novelist,... more

15 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
879. Jami Nakamura Lin

Jami Nakamura Lin is the author of the memoir The Night Parade, available from Mariner Books. It is the official... more

12 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Megan Fernandes on Edmonton, Poetry, Immigration, Patriotism, Language, Bernie, and Covid

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 627, my conversation with author and poet Megan Fernandes. Her books include The Kingdom and... more

10 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
878. Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore is a founding member of the band Sonic Youth and the author of a new memoir entitled Sonic... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
877. Justin Torres

Justin Torres is the author of the novel Blackouts, a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction. Available... more

05 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Wendy C. Ortiz on Dreams, Ghosts, Tori Amos, Belief, Machine Elves, and Jungian Analysis

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 436, my conversation with Wendy C. Ortiz. Her books include Excavation: A Memoir,... more

03 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
How Conglomeration Changed the Publishing Industry and American Literature

A conversation with Dan Sinykin, author of Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed the Publishing Industry and American Literature, available from... more

01 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
876. Athena Dixon

Athena Dixon is the author of the memoir-in-essays entitled The Loneliness Files, available from Tin House. Dixon's other books include the... more

29 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Brad Phillips on The Name Brad, Heroin, Divorce, Suicide, Friendship, the Art World, and Instagram

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 564, my conversation with author and visual artist Brad Phillips. His debut story... more

27 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Fight for Truth in an Age of Disinformation

A conversation with Lee McIntyre, author of On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy, available from MIT... more

25 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
875. Eliza Clark

Eliza Clark is the author of the novel Penance, available from Harper Books. It is the official October pick of... more

22 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Hilton Als on Writing on the Floor, Time Between Projects, Andre Leon Talley, and Creative Evolution

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 244, my conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Hilton Als. This episode first aired... more

20 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
874. Elle Nash

Elle Nash is the author of the novel Deliver Me, available from The Unnamed Press. Nash is the author of the novels... more

18 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
873. Claudia Dey

Claudia Dey is the author of the novel Daughter, available from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Dey's previous novel, Heartbreaker, was a Northern... more

15 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Douglas Coupland on Insomnia, Thursdays, Work Habits, News, Visual Thinking, and Early Writing

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 268, my conversation with Douglas Coupland. This episode first aired on April 13, 2014. Since... more

13 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
872. Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People's Business,... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
871. David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the author of the novel Thirteen Question Method, available from Outpost 19. Ulin is the author or... more

08 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Frederick Barthelme on Family, Architecture, Red Krayola, Writing, and Getting Kicked Out of School

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 327, my conversation with Frederick Barthelme. This episode first aired on November 5,... more

06 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
870. James Frankie Thomas

James Frankie Thomas is the author of the debut novel Idlewild, available from The Overlook Press. It was the official... more

04 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
869. C Pam Zhang

C Pam Zhang is the author of the novel Land of Milk and Honey, available from Riverhead Books. Zhang's other book is the... more

01 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Susan Straight on Riverside, Family, Ross Macdonald, and Writing in Your Car

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 117, my conversation with Susan Straight, author of the novel Mecca (FSG). This episode... more

29 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
868. Vauhini Vara

Vauhini Vara is the author of the story collection This is Salvaged, available from W.W. Norton & Co. Vara has been a... more

27 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
867. Mona Awad

Mona Awad is the bestselling author of the novel Rouge, available from Marysue Rucci Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Awad's other... more

24 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Natalie Baszile on Time, Writing, Big Decisions, Creative Community, and Motherhood

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 257, my conversation with Natalie Baszile, author of the novel Queen Sugar (Penguin... more

22 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
866. Anne Enright

Anne Enright is the author of the novel The Wren, The Wren, available from W.W. Norton & Co. Enright is author of... more

20 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
865. Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of the novel The Wolves of Eternity, available from Penguin Press. Translated by Martin... more

17 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Joyce Johnson on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, the Beat Generation, Ecstatic Writing, and Québécois Culture

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 147, my conversation with Joyce Johnson, author of the biography The Voice is... more

15 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
How to Write an Anti-Hero

A new 'Craftwork' episode, all about anti-heroes. My guest is Tod Goldberg, author of the novel Gangsters Don't Die, available... more

13 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
864. Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the bestselling author of the novel The Vaster Wilds, available from Riverhead Books. Groff is a three-time National Book... more

10 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Matt Sumell on Writing, Self-Editing, Billy Joel, Long Island, Family, Drinking, and Anxiety

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 374, my conversation with Matt Sumell, author of the novel-in-stories Making Nice (Picador).... more

08 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
863. Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of the story collection Wednesday's Child, available from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Li is the author of... more

06 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
862. Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba is the author of the essay collection Creep: Accusations and Confessions, available from Avid Reader Press. Gurba is a... more

03 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Laura van den Berg on Boxing, Anxiety, Attention, Astrology, Vanity, and Writing in a Notebook

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 546, my conversation with Laura van den Berg, author of five works of... more

01 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Be a Travel Writer

Maggie Downs is an award-winning journalist, travel writer, and the author of the memoir Braver Than You Think:Around the World on the... more

30 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
861. Rebekah Bergman

Rebekah Bergman is the author of the debut novel The Museum of Human History, available from Tin House. It is... more

27 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Remembering Tom Hansen, 1961-2023

Today, a special episode remembering the life and work of Tom Hansen, who died this week of esophageal cancer. Hansen was... more

26 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Charles Shields on Kurt Vonnegut, WWII, Dresden, Suicide, and The Great Depression

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 24, my conversation with biographer Charles Shields, author of And So It Goes—... more

25 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
860. Maya Binyam

Maya Binyam is the author of the debut novel Hangman, available from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Binyam is a fiction writer and... more

23 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
How to Approach "Truth" in Creative Nonfiction

In today's 'Craftwork' episode, a conversation with Emily Rapp Black about "truth" in creative nonfiction. Emily is the author of... more

20 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Mat Johnson on Failure, Despair, Persistence, Reviews, and Stealing Time to Write

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 364, my conversation with Mat Johnson, author of the novel Invisible Things and... more

18 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
859. Brando Skyhorse

Brando Skyhorse is the author of the novel My Name is Iris, available from Avid Reader Press. Skyhorse's debut novel, The Madonnas... more

16 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Why Publishing is Broken

In today's 'Craftwork' episode, a conversation with Kathleen Schmidt. She is a longtime publishing industry veteran with in-depth experience in a... more

13 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Melissa Febos on Hollywood, Bullshit, Extroversion, Celibacy, Loneliness, and Relationships

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 460, my conversation with Melissa Febos, author of Body Work, Girlhood, and other... more

11 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
858. Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the author of the novel Mobility, available from Crooked Media Reads. Kiesling is the author of The Golden State,... more

09 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
857. Khashayar J. Khabushani

Khashayar J. Khabushani is the author of the debut novel I Will Greet the Sun Again, available from Hogarth Books. Khabushani was... more

06 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Michael Schumacher on Allen Ginsberg, New York City, Poetry, Kindness, Controversy, and Writing a Biography

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 684, my conversation with Michael Schumacher, author of Dharma Lion: A Biography of Allen... more

04 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
856. Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of the story collection Witness, available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Brinkley is the author of A Lucky... more

02 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
855. Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the bestselling author of the novel Time's Mouth, available from Counterpoint Press. Lepucki's other books include the novels California and Woman... more

30 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Viet Thanh Nguyen on History, War Movies, Race, Refugees, Vietnam, and the Need for Political Literature

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 419, my conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the bestselling novel The... more

28 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
854. Geoff Rickly

Geoff Rickly is the author of the debut novel Someone Who Isn't Me, available from Rose Books. It is the... more

26 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
853. Ruth Madievsky

Ruth Madievsky is the author of the debut novel All-Night Pharmacy, available from Catapult. Madievsky is the author of a bestselling... more

23 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Carmen Maria Machado on Anxiety, Death, Childhood, Sick Lit, Writing Letters, and Religion

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 491, my conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, author of the bestselling memoir In... more

21 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
852. Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie is the author of the debut novel Holding Pattern, available from Riverhead Books. Xie is a writer and editor living... more

19 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
851. Andrew Lipstein

Andrew Lipstein is the author of the novel The Vegan, available from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Lipstein is also the author... more

16 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
D.T. Max on David Foster Wallace, Different Kinds of Intelligence, Bret Easton Ellis, Irony vs. Sincerity, and 12-Step Philosophy

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 107, my conversation with D.T. Max, New Yorker staff writer and author of... more

14 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
850. Nicole Flattery

Nicole Flattery is the author of the novel Nothing Special, available from Bloomsbury. Flattery is also the author of the story... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
849. Sarah Rose Etter

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of the novel Ripe, available from Scribner. Etter's other books include The Book of... more

09 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Elif Batuman on Epistolary Relationships, Childhood, the Foolishness of Youth, Creative Humiliation, Perseverance, and Finding the Beauty in Yourself

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 506, my conversation with Elif Batuman. Elif Batuman's first novel, The Idiot, was a... more

07 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
848. Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt is the author of the novel The Librarianist, available from Ecco. His other books include the novels French Exit, a... more

05 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
How to Start an Indie Press

Chelsea Hodson is the author of the essay collection Tonight I'm Someone Else, which came out in 2018. She is the... more

02 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 55 minutes
Hanya Yanagihara on Big Books, Writing Quickly, Creative Immersion, Great Readers, Complex Interiors, and the Removal of Context

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 401, my conversation with Hanya Yanagihara from February 2016. Hanya Yanagihara is a prize-winning... more

30 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
847. Tess Gunty

Tess Gunty is the author of the debut novel The Rabbit Hutch, now available in trade paperback from Vintage. It... more

28 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
846. Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore is the bestselling author of the novel I Am Homeless if This Is Not My Home, available from... more

25 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Tim O'Brien on Death, Fatherhood, Child Wisdom, Pacifism, War, Memory, and the Illusion of Self

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 616, my conversation with Tim O'Brien from December 2019. O'Brien received the 1979 National... more

23 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
845. Leila Slimani

Leila Slimani is the author of the novel Watch Us Dance, available from Viking. Translated by Sam Taylor. Slimani is the... more

21 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
844. Alejandra Oliva

Alejandra Oliva is the author of Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration, available from Astra House. Oliva is an... more

18 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
Pulitzer Special: Hernan Diaz and Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Today on the program, a special Pulitzer Prize episode featuring authors Hernan Diaz and Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Diaz won... more

16 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
843. Molly Lynch

Molly Lynch is the author of the debut novel The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman, available from Catapult. Lynch grew up... more

14 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
842. Tania James

Tania James is the author of the novel Loot, available from Knopf. James is the author of the novels The Tusk... more

11 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Andre Dubus III on Family, Divorce, Fear, Poverty, Vigilante Justice, Writing as Salvation, and the Divine

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 549, my conversation with Andre Dubus III from October 2018. Dubus is the author of several books, including Dirty Love, The... more

09 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
841. Jasmin Iolani Hakes

Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes is the author of the debut novel Hula, available from HarperVia. Hakes was born and raised in... more

07 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
840. Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland is the author of the novel Make It Stop, available from Rare Bird Books. Ruland is the co-author of Do What... more

04 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Roxane Gay on Hateful Men, Twitter, Breaking Barriers, Selling Books, Channing Tatum, and Hunger

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 448, my conversation with Roxane Gay from January 2017. Roxane Gay is the bestselling author of the... more

02 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
839. Bea Setton

Bea Setton is the author of the debut novel Berlin, available from Penguin Books. Setton was born in Paris to Franco-British... more

31 May 2023 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
How to Start a Literary Magazine

Declan Meade is the guest. He is the founding editor and publisher of The Stinging Fly, one of the world’s... more

28 May 2023 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Jonathan Franzen on Ambition, Plot, Childhood, Birdwatching, and Life-Changing Advice

In today's flashback, an outtake from Episode 426, my conversation with Jonathan Franzen from August 2016. He is the author of... more

26 May 2023 · 25 minutes
How the Horror Genre Works

In the latest "Craftwork" episode, a deep-dive conversation about the horror genre with author and story expert John Truby. His... more

24 May 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
838. Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the novel Sing Her Down, available from MCD Books. Pochoda's other books include the acclaimed... more

21 May 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ottessa Moshfegh on Creative Inspiration, Mental Anguish, Substance Abuse, Sobriety, and Writing Into the Dark Places

Today I'm launching a new feature on the Otherppl podcast: flashback episodes from the Otherppl archives. These flashbacks will be short-form,... more

19 May 2023 · 18 minutes
837. Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of the essay collection Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, available from The Feminist... more

17 May 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
836. Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby is the bestselling author of the essay collection Quietly Hostile, available from Vintage. Irby's other books include Meaty, Wow,... more

14 May 2023 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
835. Isabella Hammad

Isabella Hammad is the author of the novel Enter Ghost, available from Grove Press. Hammad was born in London. Her writing... more

10 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
834. Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of the all-ages novel The Eyes and the Impossible, available in a deluxe, limited edition,... more

07 May 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
How the Bestseller Lists Work

In the latest "Craftwork" episode, a deep-dive conversation about the bestseller lists with Carly Watters, herself a longtime literary agent and... more

03 May 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
833. Hannah Pittard

Hannah Pittard is the author of the memoir We Are Too Many, available from Henry Holt & Co. Pittard is the author... more

30 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
832. Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel is the bestselling author of the novel Sea of Tranquility, now available in trade paperback from... more

26 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
831. Claire Dederer

Claire Dederer is the author of Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, available from Knopf. Dederer is the author of Love and Trouble, and... more

23 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
830. Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of the memoir Story of a Poem, available from Unnamed Press. Zapruder is the author of five... more

19 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
829. J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal is the bestselling author of the novel Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, available from Viking... more

16 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
828. Jinwoo Chong

Jinwoo Chong is the author of the debut novel Flux, available from Melville House. It is the official April pick... more

12 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
827. Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the author of the novel Community Board. It was the official March pick of the book club. Conklin... more

09 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
826. Tiffany Clarke Harrison

Tiffany Clarke Harrison is the author of the debut novel Blue Hour, available from Soft Skull Press. Harrison graduated from Salisbury... more

05 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Literary Agents 101

In the latest "Craftwork" episode, a deep-dive conversation about literary agents with Carly Watters, herself a longtime literary agent and... more

02 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
825. Clancy Martin

Clancy Martin is the author of How Not to Kill Yourself: A Portrait of the Suicidal Mind, available from Pantheon. Martin... more

29 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
824. Alex Mar

Alex Mar is the author of Seventy Times Seven: A True Story of Murder and Mercy, available from Penguin Press. Mar is... more

26 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
823. Shannon McLeod

Shannon McLeod is the author of the Nature Trail Stories, available from Thirty West Publishing. McLeod is the author of the... more

22 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
822. Madelaine Lucas

Madelaine Lucas is the author of the debut novel Thirst for Salt, available from Tin House. Lucas is a senior editor... more

19 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
How to Use the Editorial Omniscient POV

Gina Frangello is the guest in the latest 'Craftwork' episode. We talk about the editorial omniscient point of view—what it... more

15 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
821. Jennifer Michael Hecht

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of The Wonder Paradox: Embracing the Weirdness of Existence and the Poetry of Our... more

12 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
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Shannon McLeod is the author of the Nature Trail Stories, available from Thirty West Publishing. McLeod is the author of the novella, Whimsy... more