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Jun 8, 2018

It's been a rough week. The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are so incredibly sad. The effects ripple out. We feel the sting of these losses in a strangely personal way. They seem to function as both standalone tragedies and universal distress signals, indicators of the great suffering roiling beneath the surface in so many of us.

With this in mind, I thought I'd repost my conversation with Jennifer Michael Hecht, from December 29, 2013. Her book Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It is essential reading.

Hang in there, you guys.

Jun 6, 2018

Aja Gabel is the guest. Her debut novel The Ensemble is available now from Riverhead Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about losing my shit on an umbrella.

Jun 3, 2018

Jonathan Evison is the guest. His latest novel, Lawn Boy, is available now from Algonquin Books. 

This is Jonathan's third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 1 on September 14, 2011, and again in Episode 382 on September 30, 2015.

In today's monologue, I talk about the song that keeps destroying my focus. 

 

May 30, 2018

Michelle Dean is the guest. Her new book is called Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, available now from Grove Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about seeing people you know who (maybe?) pretend to not see you. 

May 27, 2018

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the guest. His debut novel, Collision Theory, is available now from Rare Bird Books. He is also the founder and host of the popular reading series Literary Death Match.

This is Adrian's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 403 on March 9, 2016.

In today's monologue, I thank listeners who support the show.  

May 23, 2018

Sloane Crosley is the guest. Her new essay collection, Look Alive Out There, is available now from MCD Books. 

This is Sloane's second time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 424 on July 27, 2016. 

In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail and talk about my first-ever trip to a weed dispensary.  

May 20, 2018

Tao Lin is the guest. His new book is called Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change (Vintage). It is his first book-length work of nonfiction and is the official May pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club

This is Tao's third time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 180 and Episode 181 (a two-part interview) in June 2013 and again with Mira Gonzalez in Episode 371 on July 19, 2015.

In today's monologue, I talk about groomer humor and white jeans.  

May 16, 2018

Jonathan Ames is the guest. His latest book is called You Were Never Really Here (Pushkin Press). It has recently been adapted into a major motion picture starring Joaquin Phoenix. Ames also writes for television, having created the shows Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart, and Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis. 

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail involving CBD oil, my dog, and the Thai restaurant.  

May 9, 2018

Melissa Broder is the guest. Her debut novel The Pisces is available now from Hogarth Press.

This is Melissa's third time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 58 on April 4, 2012 and again in Episode 404 on March 13, 2016.

In today's monologue, I talk about San Francisco, biking, nature, and my dog Twiggy's tendency to eat bees.

May 6, 2018

Susan Henderson is the guest. Her new novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, is available now from Harper Perennial.  

In today's monologue, I talk about sleep deprivation and my relationship with Alexa.  

May 2, 2018

Lauren Grodstein is the guest. Her latest novel, Our Short History, is available now from Algonquin Books. 

This is Lauren's second time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 216 on October 13, 2013. 

In today's monologue, I discuss a humiliating experience I had while trying to find a benign sleep aid solution.  

Apr 25, 2018

Sarah Kendzior is the guest. Her new book The View from Flyover Country is available now from Flatiron Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about Sarah's work and its effect on me over the past couple of years.

Apr 25, 2018

Natalia Sylvester is the guest. Her new novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, is available now from Little A Books. 

In today's monologue, I file a couple of grievances. 

Apr 22, 2018

Elle Nash is the guest. Her debut novel Animals Eat Each Other is the official April pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. It is available now from Dzanc Books.

In today's monologue, I read listener mail.  

Apr 18, 2018

Steve Almond is the guest. His new book, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country?, is available now from Red Hen Press.

This is Steve's third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 9, on October 16, 2011, and again in Episode 302, on August 10, 2014.

In today's monologue, I talk briefly about the moment we find ourselves in as Americans, and about the odd consolation of Steve's book.

Apr 11, 2018

Shauna Barbosa is the guest. Her poetry collection Cape Verdean Blues is available now from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about my trip to the desert.

Apr 4, 2018

Jami Attenberg is the guest. Her latest novel, All Grown Up, is now available in trade paperback from Mariner Books.

This is Jami's second time on the program. She first appeared in  Episode 115 on October 21, 2012.

In today's monologue, I talk about running the household alone, and about the pediatrician who sat on my foot. 

Mar 28, 2018

Will Mackin is the guest. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, GQThe Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. His debut story collection, Bring Out the Dog, is available now from Random House. 

In today's monologue, I respond to listener email and listeners on Twitter.

Mar 21, 2018

Lynne Tillman is the guest. Her new novel, Men and Apparitions, is available now from Soft Skull Press.

In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail and talk about birds.

Mar 14, 2018

Troy James Weaver is the guest. His new novel Temporal is available from Disorder Press.

In today's monologue, I answer questions from listeners, delivered via Twitter.

Mar 7, 2018

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the guest. Her new novel Call Me Zebra is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is the official March pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue I talk about Oscar Sunday, the power going out, Twiggy, etc.

Feb 28, 2018

Elif Batuman is the guest. Her debut novel The Idiot is available now in trade paperback from Penguin.

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and also read a snippet of the book that I've been working on forever.

Feb 21, 2018

Willy Vlautin is the guest. His new novel Don't Skip Out On Me is available now from Harper Perennial. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Willy's second appearance on the program. He was the guest in Episode 258, on March 9, 2014.

In today's monologue, I talk about the conversations I have on this show and read some listener mail.

Feb 14, 2018

Rachel Lyon is the guest. Her debut novel Self-Portrait with Boy is available now from Scribner.

In today's monologue, I talk about Valentine's Day.  (Happy Valentine's Day.)  

Feb 7, 2018

Liska Jacobs is the guest. Her debut novel Catalina is available now from MCD/FSG.  

In today's monologue, I talk about our new puppy, Twiggy.  

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