Adam Wilson says
"Juliet Escoria is like a gutter-punk Grace Paley."
And Benjamin Samuel, co-editor of Electric Literature, says
"Reading the stories in Black Cloud is like getting punched in the throat; Juliet Escoria leaves you speechless. Her honesty teaches us that beauty can be found in violence, truth in pain, and life where we've always been afraid to look."
Monologue: travel, American Airlines, family, fatigue, weddings.
Mathias Svalina says
"Sometimes I think Sommer Browning is a James Wright for the basic cable generation, at others the gorgeously deformed lovechild of H.D. and Groucho Marx. What I mean is I cannot categorize these poems, and that's the highest compliment I can give any poetry."
Monologue topics: Birds, Bird, Charlie Parker, being pressed for time.
Josh Raab is the guest. He is the founder of The Newer York Press, an experimental literary publisher based in Los Angeles. Its latest title, The Inevitable June, by Bob Schofield, is now available for pre-order.
Monologue topics: the desert, Coachella, fish tacos, sunlight, curmudgeonliness.
Cheryl Strayed says
"As generous as it is smart, as intimate as it is grand, as illuminating as it is dark. With grace and guts, Justin Hocking dares to go where few men have gone before: not only out to sea, but also into the depths of the human heart."
And Junot Díaz says
“This beautiful memoir is beyond cool. A voyage both erudite and affecting.”
Monologue topics: TNB Book Club, mail, miscarriage, fatherhood, privilege, sadsploitation.
Today's show features conversations with multiple authors, all of whom have contributed to a new anthology entitled Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. Guests include the anthology's editors, Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon, as well as Amy Brill, Arielle Greenberg, Cristina Henriquez, Heidi Julavits, Jane Roper, Rachel Jamison Webster, Sarah Jefferis, and Sarah Strickley.
"This isn’t a how-to book, nor does it present a case for the ‘perfect birth,’ which sets it apart from the plethora of childbirth manuals and lends it broader appeal and a very different type of resonance."
And Emma Straub says
"Pregnancy made my body ravenous for food and my brain ravenous for stories like this, stories of how other women had crossed the great divide. In delivery rooms, in the backseats of cars, and at home, these women tell their birth stories so clearly that they must have had stenographers present on the scene. I loved reading this book with my baby asleep in the next room, and will give it to every pregnant woman I know from here on out, forever."
Monologue topics: Labor Day, hard work, parenthood.
The Globe and Mail says
“A satirical, misanthropic romp through reality television, environmental disaster and apocalyptic possibilities. Once again, Coupland...has asserted himself as a documenter of our times and anticipator of societal threats.... The plugged-in consumer-culture philosopher has created a brand of his own, becoming—and, over the long haul, remaining—a thinky superstar for a distracted era. More than 20 years after he became a pop-culture darling with Generation X, Coupland is still innovating—not simply cranking out words and sculptures, but making a significant contribution with astute observations.... As the country’s go-to guy for art, design, and contemporary social commentary, could Coupland be Canada’s Biggest. (Cultural). Brain. Ever?”
And The Independent calls it
"...a scatological bun-fight of excess and debauchery, of juvenile humour peppered with bilious rage at the state of the world...It’s riotous, frequently very funny...I can’t locate very much seriousness, but I certainly enjoyed trying.”
Monologue topics: mail, age, generations, Spencer and Mira.
Publishers Weekly says
"Greenwood is a writer of subtle strength...finding light in the darkest of stories."
And Library Journal calls it
"...intricate and tragic...This compassionate, insightful look at hope and redemption is a richly textured portrait."
Monologue topics: Otherppl Premium, writing, worrying about the quality of my content.
The Daily Beast calls it
"Gripping...The perfect book for our present moment."
And Kirkus Reviews calls it
"An invigorating historical thriller... Intimately gripping... O'Connor writes with fire."
Monologue topics: company, family, being too busy, wanting to live in utopia, mail.
Rene Denfeld is the guest. She is an accomplished journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and other publications. She is also a licensed investigator who specializes in death penalty work. Her debut novel, The Enchanted, is now available from Harper.
Publishers Weekly calls it
“A striking one-of-a-kind prison novel....[with] rich, haunting prose...A stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer.”
And Donald Ray Pollock says
“Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted, she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world--a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison--and given us one of the most beautiful, heart-rending, and riveting novels I have ever read.”
Monologue topics: Melissa Broder, public bathrooms, darkened anterooms, tall strangers, misunderstandings, micro-paranoia.