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.
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.
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.
In today's monologue, I wish everyone a happy new year.
For the final episode of the year I am again joined by Adam Greenfield and Gene Morgan.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andre Dubus III is the guest. He is the author of seven books, including House of Sand and Fog, The 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.
In today's monologue, I answer some questions from listeners.