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Otherppl with Brad Listi

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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."  

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.  

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