May 17, 2018
Joe Milazzo is a novelist focused on consciousness. He is the author of Crepuscule with Nellie, a surreal and dense "speculative historical fiction novel about Thelonious Monk, his wife Nellie, and his confidant and patron the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter."
In this episode, we talk gift economies, uncomfortable art, Tropisms, Joseph McElroy's Plus (a novel about a brain coming into consciousness in space), the opacity of social media, Philip K. Dick, going crazy while reading a crazy book, anchor characters, and "woodshedding."
May 10, 2018
This is kind of an older one. I fell behind on posting episodes. Sorry guys.
Rachel Bell is one of my favorite writers and she always makes for a fun podcast guest. We talk about her adventures in France and being a professional memer and some weird shit.
Find all of her info here
Hear her new album "Coping" here
May 7, 2018
Mike McCrary comes on the podcast to talk about people getting upset about the F-word in books, how he writes books so fast, Pomodoro technique, outlining a series, how to get an agent, golden handcuffs, my Chuck Palahniuk theory, blurbs, the "rubber sheet" scene, making concessions, and the changing landscape of Austin, Texas.
Mike's books can be found here
April 18, 2018
Today we have Tom Stern, the author of My Vanishing Twin. Tom and I have a fun conversation about the St. Louis city museum / meowolf, parallel dimensions, writing road trips, doing the work, Flannery O’Connor, vanishing twins, pursuing your passion, unlikeable characters, how to mix art with commerce, and “finding your way” into projects you might not be in love with.
Check out My Vanishing Twin here
April 11, 2018
Ken Ilgunas, author of This Land is Our Land, comes on the show to talk about our right to roam by foot across the country. He takes an interesting, bold position: that we should really rethink how we view both private and public property, with an eye towards opening them up to more freedom. We also talk visiting ancestral homelands, trespassing across America, how few people own most of the land, wildness vs. wilderness, Trump despair, setting out to create ideas that will outlive you, The Long Now Foundation, Present Shock, Out of the Wreckage, allemansrätten, and we close out with some fun talks about forest baths, moose chases, cactus injuries, and why Oklahoma was the scariest state to walk across.
This Land is Our Land
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March 19, 2018
I continue my journey to paint a holistic picture of the publishing industry. I was lucky enough to have Ben LeRoy on, who started both Bleak House and Tyrus Books, and has had a comprehensive experience/career within the publishing world. In this podcast, we cover a really fascinating history of Ben starting and selling his two small presses to bigger publishing companies, the strange relief of moving from your companies, the actual value of a publishing company, humanity’s desire to be taken care of, agents, publicists, how some books resonate and others don’t, bookstores, problematic authors, the “bummer talk” (hey, you’re excited about getting a book deal, but I have some bad news…), do you have a marketable book?, a debate over book pricing, giving books away for free, and finding your inner worth.
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March 5, 2018
This is probably the best podcast yet. On this one, Michael and I shoot the shit about weightlifting, bitcoin, tide pods, and books for a few minutes, then jump into the state of publishing, how to revolutionize the current model, making books that people will read, what it's like to be an indie publisher, and how we can create a future for ourselves within the current publishing world. I feel really pumped about this one.
This one is packed with insider info. Enjoy.
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February 17, 2018
Nick is the author of the brand new Slaughterhouse Blues and A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps.
On this episode, we talk about promotion, the Alphasmart Neo 2, writing cigar books for Playboy, the "good old days" of being paid good money by magazines, Elon Musk nuking Mars, CIA astral travel, creating propaganda magazines to drop overseas, crime writing influences, the Chuck Palahniuk Effect, the joys of crime fiction, writing sequels, the "bag of money" trope, the awesomeness of Megan Abbott, and his new novel.
Follow Nick on Twitter: @nkolakowski
Find more Nick here
February 13, 2018
This episode is a pure blast of inspiration and positivity. I loved every second of recording it.
Today we have Victoria Price, author of Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography, and the most recent The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self. It feels like an organic journey, in which Victoria takes you through her process, learns to give up control, and starts living with joy. I loved it. A bit of a change of pace, and I've got to say, an entirely welcome one.
We talk learning how to live with fear, how to mitigate it, how to relearn how to love the things you love doing, workaholism, writing about her complicated relationship with her mother, Victoria's theory on liminality and growth "The Wildflower Ethos," and why she loves horror fans.
Victoria's blog is right over here
Pick up her book here
January 31, 2018
Scott's one of my best buds. Recently, we released his new novel Jack Waters on Broken River Books. I think that Scott is one of the only writers out there doing whatever the fuck he wants. He's everything I could ask for in an author and a friend: intelligent, insightful, talented.
On this episode, we talk about: what makes a Broken River Book, the origins of Jack Waters, magical realism in Latin American writing, dictators that fixed countries, revolutions turning to fascism, Mulholland Drive, the compromise at the heart of America, Invictus, people who want power needing to be kept away from power, engaging with writers you dislike honestly, Takashi Miike, what i mean by “good” and “bad” writing, leaving imperfections in writing, Raging Bull, Heaven’s Gate, Southland Tales, preferring audacity over quality, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Zabriskie Point, colonial literature, things that bother me vs. things that are a problem, our current tendency to torture ourselves with the news, and climate change.
Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottAdlerberg
Here's the article he wrote about Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist (mentioned in the podcast)
Buy Jack Waters here