The publisher-in-chief of Eraserhead Press stopped by to talk about the invention of Bizarro as a genre, the early days, Bizarrocon, Edgefield, renewing creative enthusiasm, dealing with difficult personalities, the evolution of print on demand technology, judging a book by its cover, ass goblins, the nicest cease and desist letter of all time, the secrets to selling books, Andrew Zimmern, Parasite Milk, how to build a readership, building momentum, The Unyielding, and what she looks for in a book.
we talk: fucked up shit on the internet, mean art, does the internet cause bad behavior, weird kids' videos on Youtube, lie machines, underground shit, how to read difficult books, adjusting expectations, the internet isn't real,
Today I talk to Elle Nash, the author of Animals Eat Each Other
We talk about indestructible babies, poor kid food, random number generators, AI, the frightening depths of algorithms and metadata, running a magazine, communication between authors and editors, nu metal for babies, the cultural embarrassment around nu metal, bad brains, animals eat each other, short novels vs. long novels, tao lin’s “trip”, charles manson, mk ultra, LSD, and talk of the future (featuring adorable baby noises)
The legendary Jeff Noon stops by the podcast to talk titles, middlebrow culture, combining the avant garde with pulp, the making of the nyquist novels, Italo Calvino, content as virus that infects the host (form), the rules he’s used to write all of his novels, the four levels of imagination, and writing for the reader. This episode even concludes with a reading from The Body Library!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.