Other People with Brad Listi
Summary: Brad Listi is the author of a novel called ATTENTION. DEFICIT. DISORDER. and the founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community. He also runs TNB Books, an independent press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. Here, he offers up in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today's leading authors.
This is a good one, ladies and gentlemen. Jessica Anya Blau is the guest. She is the author of two novels, THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES and, most recently, DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME, both from Harper Perennial. The conversation involves a variety of topics, including Santa Barbara, Berkeley, the loss of one's virginity, the male sexual organ, writing rituals, graduate school, drugs, Katy Perry, and, most importantly, Blau's wonderfully eccentric family, which served as the inspiration for her second book. Give it a listen. Seriously.
In today's show, Listi talks with Greg Olear, author of the novels TOTALLY KILLER (2009) and FATHERMUCKER (October 4, 2011), both published by Harper Paperbacks. Olear is the senior editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and the discussion here centers on nervousness over reviews, childhood in New Jersey, Bradley Cooper, Georgetown, Manhattan, modern politics, and other things. Give it a listen. It's a good one.
Ron Currie, Jr. is the critically acclaimed author of the story collection GOD IS DEAD (Viking Adult) and the novel EVERYTHING MATTERS! (Penguin), and he is now at work on a new novel, forthcoming soon. Currie is the recipient of the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award and the Metcalf award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Here, he talks to Listi about his life, his work, and the challenges he has faced in writing his latest book.
A conversation with the delightful and multi-talented Emma Straub, author of the novella FLYOVER STATE (Flatmancrooked) and the story collection OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED (FiveChapters). She's also got a novel in the works, forthcoming from Riverhead Press. It's called LAURA LAMONT'S LIFE IN PICTURES. An entertaining show. Topics covered include: Lorrie Moore's considerable appeal to young male writers, what it means to be both a bookseller and an author, and what it was like to grow up in the permissive culture of New York City. Give it a listen.
In this episode, Listi talks with Melissa Febos, author of the memoir WHIP SMART, now available in paperback from Thomas Dunne Books. WHIP SMART details the years Febos spent working as a dominatrix in New York City. (Also, she was a heroin addict at the time. And a straight-A college student.) It's quite a story. And in this conversation, everything is discussed. It's all on the table. Candid. Funny. Compelling. You should hear this.
The podcast launches with a Johnny Evison interview. Listi talks with the bestselling author of ALL ABOUT LULU and WEST OF HERE. The conversation covers a lot of ground. Topics include vertigo, sleep deprivation, camping, prostates, inner ear infections, and more. Note: at the outset of the interview, Evison is not wearing pants.