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Otherppl with Brad Listi

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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.  

Jan 31, 2018

Debbie Graber is the guest. She is the author of Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday, available now from Unnamed Press.

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

Jan 24, 2018

Tim Wirkus is the guest. His new novel, The Infinite Future, is available now from Penguin Press.

In today's monologue, I discuss jobs, capitalism, and finding one's "purpose in life."   

Jan 17, 2018

Clay Byars is the guest. His memoir Will & I is available from FSG Originals.  

In today's monologue, I comment briefly on the 500th episode milestone and respond to some listener mail.  

Jan 10, 2018

Lauren Haldeman is the guest. Her new poetry collection, Instead of Dying, is available now from The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. It is the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry.

In today's monologue, I discuss my vacation in Arizona.  

 

Dec 29, 2017

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.  

Dec 20, 2017

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.

 

Dec 13, 2017

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.

Dec 6, 2017

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.

Nov 29, 2017

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.  

Nov 26, 2017

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."

 

Nov 22, 2017

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.

Nov 15, 2017

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.  

Nov 8, 2017

 

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.

Nov 1, 2017

Jarret Middleton is the guest. His debut novel Darkansas is available now from Dzanc Books. It is the official November pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club

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.

Oct 25, 2017

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.  

Oct 18, 2017

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.

 

Oct 15, 2017

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.  

Oct 11, 2017

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.

Oct 4, 2017

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.

Sep 27, 2017

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.

 

Sep 24, 2017

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.

Sep 20, 2017

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. 

Sep 13, 2017

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."  

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