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Feb 13, 2019

Brad Phillips is the guest. His new story collection, Essays and Fictions, is available from Tyrant Books.

The late Anthony Bourdain calls it: "Searingly honest, brilliant and disturbing. [Phillips] peels back the skin and bone and stares right into the human soul." 

Born in 1974, Phillips is also an accomplished visual artist  known for dark work that engages with themes of eroticism, depression, and mortality. His paintings display stylistic breadth, from text-based to photorealist, referring in many cases directly to his daily life. He lives in Toronto.

Feb 6, 2019
Duke Haney is the guest. His new essay collection, Death Valley Superstars, is available now from Delancey Street Press.
 
Haney has spent most of his adult life working in the movie business, with twenty feature-film credits as an actor and twenty-two as a screenwriter.  He used pseudonyms for some of the screenplays and went by “D. R. Haney” as the author of a novel, Banned for Life, and an essay collection, Subversia. After he was struck by a car in a crosswalk on Sunset Boulevard, a friend claimed he walked like John “Duke” Wayne and gave him the nickname by which most people know him and he has adopted belatedly as his pen name. He plans to follow Death Valley Superstars with a novel tentatively titled XXX.
 
This is Duke's second time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 36 on January 18, 2012.
 
In today's monologue, I talk a bit about witnessing the birth of Duke's book.
Jan 30, 2019
Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the guest. Her debut novel, FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE (Doubleday), is a national bestseller, an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice.

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Contreras' essays and short stories have appeared in theNew York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate, teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and works with immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public schools. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.
 
In today's monologue, I read some more mail.
Jan 23, 2019
Thomas Kohnstamm is the guest. His debut novel, Lake City, is available from Counterpoint Press. It is the official January pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

Kohnstamm is also the author of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?(Crown). He was born in Seattle and lives there with his wife and two children.
 
In today's monologue, I read some listener mail. 
Jan 16, 2019

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the guest. Her new novel Sketchtasy is available from Arsenal Pulp Press.

This is Mattilda's second time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 237 on December 25, 2013.

Described as “startlingly bold and provocative” by Howard Zinn, “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle, and “a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing purple fabulous” by The Stranger, Sycamore is the author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about creative frustration and focus and intentionality. It gets neurotic.

Jan 9, 2019

Tommy Pico is the guest. A poet, performer, and screenwriter, his books include IRL, winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize, Nature Poem, winner of a 2018 American Book Award, Junk, and the forthcoming Feed (Tin House Books). Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker at the Ace Hotel, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

In today's monologue, I get right to the interview.

Jan 2, 2019

Morris Collins is the guest. His debut novel, Horse Latitudes, is available from Dzanc Books. It was the official December 2018 pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I wish everyone a happy new year.

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