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Mar 13, 2019
Steve Anwyll is the guest. His debut novel, Welfare, is available from Tyrant Books.

Anwyll's work has appeared in Hobart and Tyrant Magazine, among other places. He lives in Montreal.
 
In today's monologue, I answer a question from a listener regarding his brother's impending marriage. 
Mar 6, 2019
Pam Houston is the guest. Her new essay collection, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, is available now from W.W. Norton & Co.

Houston's other books include two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.

Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other anthologies.She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards. 

She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. 
Mar 3, 2019
Sam Lipsyte is the guest. His new novel, Hark, is available now from Simon & Schuster.

This is Sam's second time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 154, on March 6, 2013.

Lipsyte is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts, and three other novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve, and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
In today's monologue, I talk about my condition during this interview.
Feb 27, 2019
Sarah McColl is the guest. Her debut memoir, Joy Enough, is available now from Liveright Publishing.

McColl's essays have appeared in Paris Review, McSweeney's, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where she was named the 2017 Mary Carswell Fellow, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wrangell Mountains Center. 
 
Before receiving her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, she was the founding editor in chief of Yahoo Food. Her food writing has been featured in print and online for Bon Appétit, House Beautiful, The Guardian, Modern Farmer, Extra Crispyand others. She teaches creative writing and is based in Los Angeles, California.
 
In today's monologue, I talk about the man with the doodle.
Feb 20, 2019
Madhuri Vijay is the guest. Her debut novel, The Far Field, is available now from Grove Press.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Vijay was born in Bangalore. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared in Best American Non-Required Reading, Narrative Magazine and Salon, among other publications. The Far Field is her first book. 
 
In today's monologue, I basically just get right to the conversation.
Feb 17, 2019
Peter Stenson is the guest. His new novel Thirty Seven is available from Dzanc Books. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

Stenson received his MFA from Colorado State University in 2012. His first novel, Fiend, was an Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2013. His stories and essays have been published in The Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and family in Denver, Colorado.
 
In today's monologue, I talk about having the flu.
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.

Dec 30, 2018

For the final episode of the year I am again joined by Adam Greenfield and Gene Morgan. 

 

Dec 26, 2018

Brittany Ackerman is the guest. Her debut memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine, is available now from Red Hen Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about what's for sale and the wisdom of youth and the wisdom of nature and I read some mail.

Dec 19, 2018

Katya Apekina is the guest. Her debut novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, is available now from Two Dollar Radio. Buzzfeed, Kirkus, and Entropy call it one of the best books of 2018.

In today's monologue, I talk about coyotes and charity. 

Dec 12, 2018

Anita Felicelli is the guest. Her debut story collection, Love Songs for a Lost Continent, is available now from Stillhouse Press.

In today's monologue, I make an announcement about The Nervous Breakdown (dot com).  

Dec 1, 2018

John Wray is the guest. A recipient of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim fellowship, his new novel, Godsend, is available now from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 

In today's monologue, I thank listeners for the good wishes re: the new LitHub partnership and talk briefly and unremarkably about having a cold. 

Nov 28, 2018

Christopher Zeischegg is the guest. His new memoir, Body to Job, is available now from Rare Bird Books.

In today's monologue, I make an announcement and share some good news.  

Nov 21, 2018

Daniel Gumbiner is the guest. He is the managing editor of The Believer magazine, and his debut novel The Boatbuilder (McSweeney's) was nominated for the National Book Award.

In today's monologue, I answer a question from Malice Walker.

Nov 14, 2018

Lydia Kiesling is the guest. She is the editor of The Millions, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and her debut novel The Golden State is available now from MCD Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about the events of last week: the midterm election, the wildfire, the mass shooting, et al.  

Nov 7, 2018

Leah Dieterich is the guest. Her debut memoir, Vanishing Twins: A Marriage, is available now from Soft Skull Press.

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and talk briefly about the (at the time impending) midterm election. 

Oct 31, 2018

Andre Dubus III is the guest. He is the author of seven books, including House of Sand and FogThe Garden of Last Days, and the memoir Townie. His new novel is called Gone So Long. It is available now from W.W. Norton & Company. 

In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail. 

Oct 24, 2018

Meghan O'Gieblyn is the guest. Her new essay collection, Interior States, is available now from Anchor Books. It is the official October pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I answer some questions from listeners.

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.  

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