Hey there folks! I'm nearly done unboxing shit into my new house in El Paso, TX. Moving is something that for some reason I thought would be easy, but is actually really time-consuming. There's just eighty six things to do, and each of those eighty six things has eighty six steps. You know how it is.
Anyhow, today on the podcast I talk to Bud Smith. Bud is hilarious, down to earth, and a damn good writer. He works heavy construction in New Jersey, and recently wrote a memoir called Work, which is out from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I think you'll like this one!
This is also the first "short" episode. This one is an hour, but if you dig all of our talk about novelizations of ET, there's even more over at the Patreon (an extra 45 minutes, to be exact). Episodes there will be twice as long, and I'll also throw up some Patreon-exclusive eps each week. You'll get a special RSS feed when you subscribe. CHECK IT OUT. That's a shitload of stuff for $5/month, if ya ask me.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you go and check out Bud Smith's new memoir Work, out now from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
Brian Allen Carr wrote a fantastic book called Sip, which is OUT TODAY!!!
I want you to check this novel out. It's about a post-apocalyptic wasteland where people can get high by drinking shadows. It's funny, Cormac McCarthy-style western minimalism with the surreal element you'd expect from Carr. It's literally everything I like in books and writing.
On this episode, we talk about Sip, the writing process, identity, drinking, and we also read Pornhub comments. It gets pretty out of control.
Brian Allen Carr splits his time between Indiana and Texas. He is the winner of a Wonderland Book Award and Texas Observer Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Hobart, Boulevard and others publications. Sip is his first novel.
I had Matthew Revert on the show to talk about his new book Human Trees (which I published on Broken River). We talk about choosing when your work gets to die, turning away from Amazon mass-production to a self-imposed scarcity model, what if Bigfoot had a small dick, the necessity of appreciating the small things, depressive feedback loops related to scalability, Czech film from the 60s, among many many other things. This is a good one.
Also, I have decided to nickname Mr. Revert as "Melbourne Matt."
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Matthew Revert is a writer, musician and graphic designer from Melbourne, Australia.
I loved the hell out of Jarret's novel Darkansas, so I asked him to come on my podcast. In response, he sent me a list of things we could talk about. Here is that list: "In addition to talking about the book, we could hit on myths, surrealism, philosophy, Deleuze, hallucinogens, Jung's red book, cold showers, the benefits of stoicism." And damn if we don't hit on all of those. We also talk our messages from the dreamworld, active imagination, and the concept of Twin Peaks as a hypersigil.
JARRET MIDDLETON is the author of DARKANSAS and the novella, AN DANTOMINE EERLY. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He lives in Seattle, WA.
Scott McClanahan came on the podcast to talk about The Sarah Book, lies, drinking, Walter Mosely, writing directly, the bullshit of "literary" stuff, and Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. We had a lot of fun. Enjoy!
I met up with Monica at Coffee Time on NW 21st in Portland, Oregon to discuss writing, reading difficult literature, Portland's changes over the years, and the curious case of the television show Baskets, which bares a strong resemblance to her novel Clown Girl.
Monica Drake is the author of the award-winning indie novel Clown Girl, as well as The Stud Book. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and designed and launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art where she currently is faculty. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review Daily, The Sun, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Northwest Review and other publications, in print, online and anthologized.
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Me and Mike shot the shit over some beers and weed toffee. We cover a wide range of topics, including "The Sarah Book Phenomenon," which is when you know a book is going to be so good you don't want to read it.
Very happy to have Elle Nash on the show. Her novel, Animals Eat Each Other, will be out from Dzanc Books in 2018. She's the fiction editor over at Hobart Pulp, and the founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine.
In this episode we talk about her pregnancy, life in Arkansas, her time as a follower of Islam, the necessity of spiritual practice, living your best life, corporate drone-ism, politicians, and Marilyn Manson.
P.S. A few of the ideas I express in this one (particularly the stuff about the current failure of scientific materialism) is cribbed entirely from the work of Gordon White, who explains these things WAY better than I do on the recent episode of Against Everyone with Conner Habib. So check that out, after you listen to this one.
Dave stopped by to talk about Spiderman. Spoilers: it wasn't good.
The kid Joey comes on to discuss the books he's been reading. We also talk about how uncomfortable we both are with our butts. Enjoy!