Every year has to end, and 2017 is no exception. It was a garbage year dominated by a garbage man, and I'm happy to report that my good friends Adam Greenfield and Gene Morgan were here to help me bid it a fond farewell.
Adam is the author of the upcoming novel Circa, due out in August 2018, and Gene is the founder and CEO of HTMLGiant.
Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for listening.
Daniel A. Hoyt is the guest. His new novel, This Book Is Not For You, is available now from Dzanc Books. It is the winner of the inaugural Dzanc Fiction Prize and the official December pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.
In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail involving death, the illusion of death, and the oneness of all that is. And also a surprise letter from a decorated professional basketball coach.
Patty Schemel and Erin Hosier are the guests. Patty was the drummer for the rock band Hole from 1992-98. Her new memoir, Hit So Hard, is available now from Da Capo Press. Erin is her literary agent at Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner; she helped shepherd the book to publication. (She is also my literary agent.)
In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and talk about dogs.
Bud Smith is the guest. His new memoir, Work, is available now from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
This is Bud's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 373, on July 29, 2015.
In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail regarding my eating habits.
Ivy Pochoda is the guest. Her new novel is called Wonder Valley, available now from Ecco.
In today's monologue, I answer questions from listeners.
Panio Gianopoulos is the guest. His new story collection is called How to Get into Our House and Where We Keep the Money. It is available now from Four Way Books.
This is Panio's second time guesting on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 138 on January 9, 2013.
In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and talk about the human tendency to call other humans "monsters."
Emily Geminder is the guest. Her debut story collection is called Dead Girls and Other Stories. It is the winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize.
In today's monologue, I talk about the tedious and often confusing reasons that led me to record and then re-record the monologue.
Elizabeth Ellen is the guest. She has a new story collection out called Saul Stories, available from Short Flight / Long Drive Books. Earlier this year she published a novel called Persona, and a poetry collection entitled Elizabeth Ellen is forthcoming.
Elizabeth first appeared on this program on August 26, 2012, in Episode 99.
In today's monologue, I talk about a recent Uber experience.
Carmen Maria Machado is the guest. Her story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is available now from Graywolf Press. It is a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.
In today's monologue, I reflect on the t-shirt fundraiser for the Salesses family and the extraordinary generosity of Roxane Gay.
In today's monologue, I discuss the incredible generosity of Roxane Gay and urge people to support the t-shirt fundraiser for the Salesses Family.
Will Dowd is the guest. His debut essay collection, Areas of Fog, is due out from Etruscan Press on November 14, 2017.
In today's monologue, I talk about Otherppl t-shirts, my fundraiser for Matt Salesses and his family, and read some listener mail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
In today's monologue, I talk about guilt and self-loathing and feelings of inadequacy and the American character.
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.
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.
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.
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.