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Now displaying: 2018
Oct 17, 2018

Kristi Coulter is the guest. Her new essay collection, Nothing Good Can Come From This, is available now from MCD/FSG Originals.

In today's monologue, I talk about postseason baseball.  

Oct 10, 2018

Laura van den Berg is the guest. Her new novel, The Third Hotel, is available now from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 

This is Laura's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 224 on November 10, 2013.

In today's monologue, I talk about America and fatigue and Titanic

Oct 3, 2018

Mark Leidner is the guest. His new story collection, Under the Sea, is available now from Tyrant Books. 

In today's monologue, I talk about wanting my dog to listen to me. 

Sep 26, 2018

Genevieve Hudson is the guest. She has published two books this year. A Little in Love with Everyone (Fiction Advocate) is a work of queer commentary and Pretend We Live Here (Future Tense) is a story collection. 

In today's monologue, I talk about recording at night and Abe Lincoln and our current cultural moment.

Sep 19, 2018

Lisa Locascio is the guest. Her debut novel Open Me is available now from Grove Atlantic. 

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail.

Sep 12, 2018

Joseph Grantham is the guest. His debut poetry collection, Tom Sawyer, is available now from Civil Coping Mechanisms.

In today's monologue, I discuss Joey's visit to LA and dive into our email history.  

Sep 9, 2018

T. Greenwood is the guest. Her new novel, Rust & Stardust, is available now from St. Martin's Press. It is the official September pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club

This is Tammy's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 267 on April 9, 2014.

In today's monologue, I reflect on the past week in the United States of America and ring the bell of sanity.

Sep 5, 2018

Maggie Nelson is the guest. She is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including The Argonauts, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as The Art of Cruelty: A ReckoningBluets, The Red Parts, and Jane: A Murder. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction and in 2016 was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Most recently, her poetry collection Something Bright, Then Holes, has been re-issued by Soft Skull Press. 

This is Maggie's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 185 on June 23, 2013.

In today's monologue, I hand the mic to Maggie. She reads a poem from her collection.  

Aug 29, 2018

Victoria Patterson is the guest. Her new story collection, The Secret Habit of Sorrow, is available now from Counterpoint Press.

This is Victoria's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 8 on October 12, 2011.

In today's monologue, I read through some responses to Episode 538.

Aug 22, 2018

Amber Tamblyn is the guest. She is an author, actress and director. She's been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. She is the author of three books of poetry including the critically acclaimed bestseller, Dark Sparkler. And her debut novel, Any Man, is available now from Harper Perennial. 

In today's monologue, I talk about Disneyland dread.

Aug 15, 2018

Adam Greenfield is the guest. His debut novel, Circa, is available now from Pelekinesis Press. It is the official August pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I talk about not sleeping.

Aug 8, 2018

Amanda Stern is the guest. Her new memoir is called Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life (Grand Central Publishing). 

In today's monologue, I talk about coughing.  

Aug 1, 2018

Allie Rowbottom is the guest. Her new book is called Jell-O Girls: A Family History (Little, Brown). Her essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women's Thing and elsewhere.

In today's monologue, I talk to my daughter and her friends, and they sing me happy birthday.  

Jul 25, 2018

Robert Goolrick is the guest. His new novel, The Dying of the Light, is available now from Harper. It is the official July pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I talk about my travels last week and my visit to Concord, MA.

Jul 18, 2018

Adrienne Celt is the guest. Her new novel, Invitation to a Bonfire, is available now from Bloomsbury. Her debut novel, The Daughters, won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award.

In today's monologue, I basically just get right to the interview, with brief asides.

Jul 11, 2018

Ottessa Moshfegh is the guest. Her new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, is available now from Penguin Press. Her previous novel, Eileen, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

In today's monologue, I talk briefly about the weather.

Jul 4, 2018

Bethany C. Morrow is the guest. Her debut novel, Mem, is available now from The Unnamed Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about the state of America on July 4, 2018.

Jul 1, 2018

Ruth Ozeki is the guest. She is an author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), won the LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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

Jun 27, 2018

Poe Ballantine is the guest. His new novel, Whirlaway, is available now from Hawthorne Books. 

In today's monologue, I talk about my vacation in Michigan.

Jun 20, 2018

Jamel Brinkley is the guest. His debut story collection, Lucky Man, is available now from Graywolf Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about being on vacation. 

Jun 13, 2018

Chelsea Hodson is the guest. Her new essay collection, Tonight I'm Someone Else, is available now from Henry Holt. It is the official June pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Chelsea's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 340 on January 7, 2015.

In today's monologue, I talk about how hard it is to talk about suicide and Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.

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. 

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