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Otherppl with Brad Listi

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Now displaying: 2017
Oct 18, 2017

Tod Goldberg is the guest. His new novel, Gangster Nation, is available now from Counterpoint Press. 

This is Tod's second appearance on the program. He was my guest in Episode 320, which aired on October 12, 2014.  

In today's monologue, I talk (again) about the seeming necessity of a regimented schedule and whether or not this is self-indulgent and possibly to blame for the absence of a rich social life.

 

Oct 15, 2017

Vanessa Grigoriadis is the guest. Her new book is called Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent on Campus. It is available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  

Blurred Lines is the official October pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I try to some clarify some things about the monologue from Episode 486.  

Oct 11, 2017

Chelsea Martin is the guest. Her new essay collection, Caca Dolce, is available from Soft Skull Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about the six paramitas, not taking intoxicants, and being embarrassed to talk about Buddhism explicitly.

Oct 4, 2017

Ayobami Adebayo is my guest. Her debut novel, Stay With Me, is available now from Knopf.

In today's monologue, I reflect on the dynamics of of an internal operatic tragedy involving iCal, volunteering, and obsessive guilt.

Sep 27, 2017

Karl Geary is the guest. His debut novel, Montpelier Parade, is available in the United States from Catapult. 

In today's monologue, I pretty much just get straight to the interview.

 

Sep 24, 2017

Lisa Lucas is the guest. She is the executive director of the National Book Foundation, which will be hosting its annual National Book Awards ceremony on November 15, 2017, in New York City. 

In today's monologue, I tip my cap to NBA nominees who have appeared on this program.

Sep 20, 2017

Chiara Barzini is the guest. Her debut novel, Things That Happened Before the Earthquake, is available now from Doubleday.

In today's monologue, I talk about Jean-Claude Van Damme, my completion of 'the douchebag trifecta,' and more. 

Sep 13, 2017

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the guest. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, is available now from Counterpoint Press.

In today's monologue, I mark the six-year anniversary of the podcast and talk some more about the perils of busyness and the quest to find one's "deepest self."  

Sep 6, 2017

Alex Gilvarry is the guest. His new novel, Eastman Was Here, is available now from Viking. It is the official September pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I talk about guilt and self-loathing and feelings of inadequacy and the American character.

Aug 30, 2017

Ben Loory is the guest. His new story collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is available from Penguin.  

This is Ben's second interview for the program. He first appeared on Christmas Day 2011, in Episode 29.  

In today's monologue, I talk about Hurricane Harvey, the catastrophe in Houston, and mid-life crisis hobbies.

Aug 23, 2017

Jared Yates Sexton is the guest. His new book is called The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, available now from Counterpoint Press.

In today's monologue, I eulogize my father-in-law, who just passed away.

Aug 9, 2017

Matthew Zapruder is the guest. He is a poet, editor, translator, and the author of a new book called Why Poetry, available now from Ecco.

In today's monologue, I talk about my (cancelled) trip to Ireland.

Aug 2, 2017

Jarett Kobek is the guest. His new novel, The Future Won't Be Long, is available from Viking. 

This is Jarett's second time on the program. His first guest appearance was on February 3, 2016, in Episode 399

Jul 26, 2017

Fiona Helmsley is the guest. Her new essay collection, Girls Gone Old, is available from We Heard You Like Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about skywriting. 

Jul 19, 2017

Siel Ju is the guest. Her new novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is available from Red Hen Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about some recent celebrity interactions.  

Jul 12, 2017

Scott McClanahan is the guest. His new novel The Sarah Book is now available from Tyrant Books. It is the official July pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Scott's second appearance on the program. He was my guest in Episode 87 on July 15, 2012.

In today's monologue, I talk about six years of Otherppl and I also talk about not talking about what I tend to talk about.

Jun 28, 2017

Julia Fierro is the guest. Her new novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, is available now from St. Martin's Press.

This is Julia's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 292 on July 6, 2014.

In today's monologue, I discuss eating during interviews, politics, and health care.

Jun 21, 2017

Nathan Hill is the guest. His debut novel The Nix is now available in trade paperback from Vintage. 

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and talk about getting a massage.

 

 

Jun 14, 2017

Jonathan Safran Foer is the guest. His latest novel, Here I Am, is available now in trade paperback from Picador. It is the official June selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I read more listener mail and discuss the role of political dialogue on the show.  

Jun 7, 2017

Paula Priamos is the guest. Her new novel, Inside V, is now available from Rare Bird Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about Trump and answer some mail.  

May 31, 2017

Charmaine Craig is the guest. Her new novel, Miss Burma, is available now from Grove Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about the apparent death of my novel. 

 

 

 

May 24, 2017

Amelia Gray is the guest. Her new novel Isadora is available now from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 

In today's monologue, I eulogize my dog Walter.  

May 17, 2017

Elizabeth L. Silver is the guest. Her new memoir, The Tincture of Time, is available now from Penguin.

In today's monologue—which is long—I talk about the Trump presidency.

May 10, 2017

Erika Carter is the guest. Her debut novel Lucky You is available now from Counterpoint.

In today's monologue, I talk about the Republican health care bill.

May 3, 2017

Brian McGreevy is the guest. His new novel, The Lights, is available from Rare Bird Books. Brian is also a co-creator of the AMC series The Son, based on the bestselling novel by Philipp Meyer.

In today's monologue, I read listener mail and talk about peak performance culture.

 

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