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Otherppl with Brad Listi

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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."  

Sep 6, 2017

Alex Gilvarry is the guest. His new novel, Eastman Was Here, is available now from Viking. It is the official September pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I talk about guilt and self-loathing and feelings of inadequacy and the American character.

Aug 30, 2017

Ben Loory is the guest. His new story collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is available from Penguin.  

This is Ben's second interview for the program. He first appeared on Christmas Day 2011, in Episode 29.  

In today's monologue, I talk about Hurricane Harvey, the catastrophe in Houston, and mid-life crisis hobbies.

Aug 23, 2017

Jared Yates Sexton is the guest. His new book is called The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, available now from Counterpoint Press.

In today's monologue, I eulogize my father-in-law, who just passed away.

Aug 9, 2017

Matthew Zapruder is the guest. He is a poet, editor, translator, and the author of a new book called Why Poetry, available now from Ecco.

In today's monologue, I talk about my (cancelled) trip to Ireland.

Aug 2, 2017

Jarett Kobek is the guest. His new novel, The Future Won't Be Long, is available from Viking. 

This is Jarett's second time on the program. His first guest appearance was on February 3, 2016, in Episode 399

Jul 26, 2017

Fiona Helmsley is the guest. Her new essay collection, Girls Gone Old, is available from We Heard You Like Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about skywriting. 

Jul 19, 2017

Siel Ju is the guest. Her new novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is available from Red Hen Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about some recent celebrity interactions.  

Jul 12, 2017

Scott McClanahan is the guest. His new novel The Sarah Book is now available from Tyrant Books. It is the official July pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Scott's second appearance on the program. He was my guest in Episode 87 on July 15, 2012.

In today's monologue, I talk about six years of Otherppl and I also talk about not talking about what I tend to talk about.

Jun 28, 2017

Julia Fierro is the guest. Her new novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, is available now from St. Martin's Press.

This is Julia's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 292 on July 6, 2014.

In today's monologue, I discuss eating during interviews, politics, and health care.

Jun 21, 2017

Nathan Hill is the guest. His debut novel The Nix is now available in trade paperback from Vintage. 

In today's monologue, I read some listener mail and talk about getting a massage.

 

 

Jun 14, 2017

Jonathan Safran Foer is the guest. His latest novel, Here I Am, is available now in trade paperback from Picador. It is the official June selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

In today's monologue, I read more listener mail and discuss the role of political dialogue on the show.  

Jun 7, 2017

Paula Priamos is the guest. Her new novel, Inside V, is now available from Rare Bird Books.

In today's monologue, I talk about Trump and answer some mail.  

May 31, 2017

Charmaine Craig is the guest. Her new novel, Miss Burma, is available now from Grove Press.

In today's monologue, I talk about the apparent death of my novel. 

 

 

 

May 24, 2017

Amelia Gray is the guest. Her new novel Isadora is available now from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 

In today's monologue, I eulogize my dog Walter.  

May 17, 2017

Elizabeth L. Silver is the guest. Her new memoir, The Tincture of Time, is available now from Penguin.

In today's monologue—which is long—I talk about the Trump presidency.

May 10, 2017

Erika Carter is the guest. Her debut novel Lucky You is available now from Counterpoint.

In today's monologue, I talk about the Republican health care bill.

May 3, 2017

Brian McGreevy is the guest. His new novel, The Lights, is available from Rare Bird Books. Brian is also a co-creator of the AMC series The Son, based on the bestselling novel by Philipp Meyer.

In today's monologue, I read listener mail and talk about peak performance culture.

 

Apr 26, 2017

Annabelle Gurwitch is the guest. Her new book, Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To, is available now from Blue Rider Press.

In today's monologue, I tell a tragic, over-long story involving spinning class, code names, spelling, and grim humiliation.

Apr 19, 2017

Lidia Yuknavitch is the guest. Her new novel, The Book of Joan, is available now from Harper. It is the official April selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Lidia's third appearance on the podcast. She first appeared on August 5, 2012, in Episode 93, and again on July 15, 2015, in Episode 370. All episodes can be streamed free of charge. 

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

 

Apr 12, 2017

Michael Finkel is the guest. He is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was made into a film starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. His latest book is called The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, available now from Knopf. 

In today's monologue, I talk briefly about becoming a hermit, and then I respond to some listener mail.  

Apr 5, 2017

Melissa Febos is the guest. Her new memoir is called Abandon Me, available now from Bloomsbury.  

This is Melissa's second appearance on the program. She was my guest in Episode 2, which first aired on September 22, 2011.

In today's monologue, I read listener mail. The topic is drinking and writing.

Mar 29, 2017

Ron Currie is the guest. His new novel, The One-Eyed Man, is available now from Viking. It is the official March selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

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

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