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episode 21 – Alex Behr and Planet Grim

Alex Behr joined us to talk about her new collection of short stories, Planet Grim. Alex is funny and open and a tireless creator. We discuss her music life in San Francisco, run-ins with Nirvana, breastfeeding her infant son and other tales of adoption, writing her book through a divorce, and lots more. Tweet

72 MIN2017 DIC. 19
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episode 21 – Alex Behr and Planet Grim

episode 20: Ed Skoog reads his poetry, talks about everything

Poet, and cohost of the Lunch Box Podcast, Ed Skoog talks with us about reading and writing poetry, dismantling the patriarchy through bluegrass, the great local poets of Portland, eating gas station boudin, FOMO, describing faces, the likeliest way to get murdered in Russia, and much more. Listen in. His voice is so so soothing. Tweet

71 MIN2017 NOV. 16
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episode 20: Ed Skoog reads his poetry, talks about everything

episode 19: Amanda Bullock talks Wordstock and books – so many books

It’s Wordstock season in Portland, the time of year when book lovers extrovert for a day, leave the safety of their reading nooks to gather around authors all over the park blocks in downtown Portland. Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programs at Literary Arts, joined us to talk about what goes into putting on this major holiday for book lovers. We probed for juicy stories of writers behaving badly, talked about stalking chefs, and got the lowdown on all the books we’ll be reading in the coming year. We’ve moved away from the exhaustive list, but here are some of the books Amanda mentioned that have delighted, moved, awed, or otherwise gut punched her in the last little while. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth The Dark Stories – Samantha Hunt My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann We Were Eight Years i...

56 MIN2017 OCT. 8
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episode 19: Amanda Bullock talks Wordstock and books – so many books

episode 18: Andrew Roe dispels the myth of the rich writer

This week, we talked to Andrew Roe, author of the novel, The Miracle Girl, and the short story collection, Where You Live, about day jobs, publishing success not necessarily equating to windfalls of cash, reading authors before and after they hit the big time, and more. Andrew is the second writer we’ve skyped with mid-move from a bedroom in his in-laws’ house. It’s sort of a trend, right? Tweet

65 MIN2017 SEP. 20
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episode 18: Andrew Roe dispels the myth of the rich writer

episode 17: How do you say Lepucki? (with Jason Gurley)

Hey! We’re back. AND WE ARE RUSTY. Our good friend Jason Gurley joined us to help ease us back into things. Fair warning: This episode is sloppy as hell, way more so than usual. Every five minutes I’d look over at the monitor where we were recording and see a warning that the destination disk was almost full. I panicked; I let things fall apart. We’re not doing a whole big blog post for this one. Michelle is away on a writing retreat, and I’m at home parenting for three weeks…who has time for blogging? Or podcasting, even! But hey, we’re planning some new episodes, and we hope they trickle out over the coming months. And we still don’t know how to pronounce her name. Lepucki. How do you say that? Tweet

47 MIN2017 AGO. 10
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episode 17: How do you say Lepucki? (with Jason Gurley)

episode 16: Joshua Mohr: badass in a Subaru

EJoshua Mohr has published five novels and a memoir since 2009. That’s a pretty rapid clip, especially since only one — his memoir Sirens, about the deep lure of self-destruction, getting clean, and relapsing — was written under the urgency of impending death (he didn’t die). We had a great conversation about punk songs as the template for writing scenes, connecting with memoir readers on a whole different level from novel readers, and lots more. Josh is a great talker, smart and funny and compassionate. Give him a listen. And then go read his books! Books we mentioned Sirens – Joshua Mohr Cruddy – Lynda Barry Some Things That Meant the World to Me – Joshua Mohr All This Life – Joshua Mohr Fight Song – Joshua Mohr Damascus – Joshua Mohr Termite Parade – Joshua Mohr The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt The Adderall Diaries – Stephen Elliott Grief Is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter Moonglow – Michael Chabon Black Wave – Michelle Tea The Underground Railroad – Col...

73 MIN2017 MAR. 28
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episode 16: Joshua Mohr: badass in a Subaru

episode 15: Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred and the Pinewood Table

Michelle spent four years at the Pinewood Table, a critique group and Portland institution run by authors Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred. There, she found a writing community and scratched out a couple of hundred pages of a novel. In this episode, we talk to Stevan and Joanna about their talent for close reading, approaching writing with kindness, writing into the sore places, and post-election reading requirements. To find out more, see The Pinewood Table. And read Stevan and Joanna’s books. They are so beautiful. Books we mentioned The Dark Tower Series –Stephen King The Stand – Stephen King Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series – Louise Penny The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern The Architecture of Happiness – Alain de Botton The Milagro Beanfield War – John Nichols The Shipping News – Annie Proulx Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides Hot Season – Susan DeFreitas The Mind Body Problem – Jonathan Westphal The Mind Body Problem – Rebecca Goldstein...

81 MIN2017 MAR. 7
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episode 15: Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred and the Pinewood Table

episode 14: Jonathan Russell Clark swims in books

Book critic Jonathan Russell Clark talked with us about the satisfaction he finds in writing criticism, his inspirations and the capriciousness of what hooks him in books. We also talk collecting books (and how they become the most hated objects in the house), unintentional manifestos, handling reader feedback, bridging the gap between older critics and the current literary and digital landscapes, and the way nobody ever takes a book recommendation. Books we mentioned It –Stephen King Dark Tower Series – Stephen King But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past – Chuck Klosterman The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon The Vegetarian – Han Kang Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams – M.J. Simpson 2666 – Roberto Bolaño The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolaño The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion Fun Home – Alison Bechdel An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom – Jonathan Russell Clark A Book of American M...

69 MIN2017 FEB. 9
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episode 14: Jonathan Russell Clark swims in books

episode 13: Scott Rogers and the 2016 wrap up

EScott Rogers joined us to talk about books we loved in 2016, books that surprised us, trends we noted and trends we bucked. Isaac talks about his reading couches. We discuss reading resolutions. And we get a great update on what’s happening with Big Ed and Summer America Barnham. Books we mentioned The Only Ones –Carola Dibbell Black Wave – Michelle Tea The Dark Tower (book five) – Stephen King Slow Days, Fast Company – Eve Babitz The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro The Kingkiller Chronicle (Book 1: The Name of the Wind) –Patrick Rothfuss A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James Don Quixote –Miguel de Cervantes The Gutenberg Elegies –Sven Birkerts The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Jerusalem –Alan Moore Rising Up and Rising Down –William T. Vollmann The Folly of Loving Life – Monica Drake In Cold Blood – Truman Capote What is the What – Dave Eggers City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg The Master and Margarita –Mikhail Bulgakov Bats of the Republic –Zachary...

89 MIN2017 ENE. 26
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episode 13: Scott Rogers and the 2016 wrap up

episode 12: Aisha Sabatini Sloan melds narrative and theory

EHappy New Year folks! In December, we talked to Aisha Sabatini Sloan about writing non-fiction, and her new collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, which was selected by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Book Contest and is due out this year. Sabatini Sloan writes personal narrative about subjects — family, race, Detroit, the police — and with a voice that are both relevant and affecting. We talk about casually meandering into theory, as you do, and moving away from the safety net of structure. Books that are mentioned Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit – Aisha Sabatini Sloan The Fluency of Light – Aisha Sabatini Sloan Blink – Malcolm Gladwell Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides The Gift – Barbara Browning I’m Trying to Reach You – Barbara Browning I Love Dick – Chris Kraus Chelsea Girls – Eileen Miles The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson The Red Parts – Maggie Nelson Calamities – Renee Gladman Unexplained Presence – Tisa Bryant Long Division – Kiese Laymon How to ...

69 MIN2017 ENE. 5
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episode 12: Aisha Sabatini Sloan melds narrative and theory
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Latest Episodes

episode 21 – Alex Behr and Planet Grim

Alex Behr joined us to talk about her new collection of short stories, Planet Grim. Alex is funny and open and a tireless creator. We discuss her music life in San Francisco, run-ins with Nirvana, breastfeeding her infant son and other tales of adoption, writing her book through a divorce, and lots more. Tweet

72 MIN2017 DIC. 19
Comments
episode 21 – Alex Behr and Planet Grim

episode 20: Ed Skoog reads his poetry, talks about everything

Poet, and cohost of the Lunch Box Podcast, Ed Skoog talks with us about reading and writing poetry, dismantling the patriarchy through bluegrass, the great local poets of Portland, eating gas station boudin, FOMO, describing faces, the likeliest way to get murdered in Russia, and much more. Listen in. His voice is so so soothing. Tweet

71 MIN2017 NOV. 16
Comments
episode 20: Ed Skoog reads his poetry, talks about everything

episode 19: Amanda Bullock talks Wordstock and books – so many books

It’s Wordstock season in Portland, the time of year when book lovers extrovert for a day, leave the safety of their reading nooks to gather around authors all over the park blocks in downtown Portland. Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programs at Literary Arts, joined us to talk about what goes into putting on this major holiday for book lovers. We probed for juicy stories of writers behaving badly, talked about stalking chefs, and got the lowdown on all the books we’ll be reading in the coming year. We’ve moved away from the exhaustive list, but here are some of the books Amanda mentioned that have delighted, moved, awed, or otherwise gut punched her in the last little while. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth The Dark Stories – Samantha Hunt My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann We Were Eight Years i...

56 MIN2017 OCT. 8
Comments
episode 19: Amanda Bullock talks Wordstock and books – so many books

episode 18: Andrew Roe dispels the myth of the rich writer

This week, we talked to Andrew Roe, author of the novel, The Miracle Girl, and the short story collection, Where You Live, about day jobs, publishing success not necessarily equating to windfalls of cash, reading authors before and after they hit the big time, and more. Andrew is the second writer we’ve skyped with mid-move from a bedroom in his in-laws’ house. It’s sort of a trend, right? Tweet

65 MIN2017 SEP. 20
Comments
episode 18: Andrew Roe dispels the myth of the rich writer

episode 17: How do you say Lepucki? (with Jason Gurley)

Hey! We’re back. AND WE ARE RUSTY. Our good friend Jason Gurley joined us to help ease us back into things. Fair warning: This episode is sloppy as hell, way more so than usual. Every five minutes I’d look over at the monitor where we were recording and see a warning that the destination disk was almost full. I panicked; I let things fall apart. We’re not doing a whole big blog post for this one. Michelle is away on a writing retreat, and I’m at home parenting for three weeks…who has time for blogging? Or podcasting, even! But hey, we’re planning some new episodes, and we hope they trickle out over the coming months. And we still don’t know how to pronounce her name. Lepucki. How do you say that? Tweet

47 MIN2017 AGO. 10
Comments
episode 17: How do you say Lepucki? (with Jason Gurley)

episode 16: Joshua Mohr: badass in a Subaru

EJoshua Mohr has published five novels and a memoir since 2009. That’s a pretty rapid clip, especially since only one — his memoir Sirens, about the deep lure of self-destruction, getting clean, and relapsing — was written under the urgency of impending death (he didn’t die). We had a great conversation about punk songs as the template for writing scenes, connecting with memoir readers on a whole different level from novel readers, and lots more. Josh is a great talker, smart and funny and compassionate. Give him a listen. And then go read his books! Books we mentioned Sirens – Joshua Mohr Cruddy – Lynda Barry Some Things That Meant the World to Me – Joshua Mohr All This Life – Joshua Mohr Fight Song – Joshua Mohr Damascus – Joshua Mohr Termite Parade – Joshua Mohr The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt The Adderall Diaries – Stephen Elliott Grief Is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter Moonglow – Michael Chabon Black Wave – Michelle Tea The Underground Railroad – Col...

73 MIN2017 MAR. 28
Comments
episode 16: Joshua Mohr: badass in a Subaru

episode 15: Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred and the Pinewood Table

Michelle spent four years at the Pinewood Table, a critique group and Portland institution run by authors Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred. There, she found a writing community and scratched out a couple of hundred pages of a novel. In this episode, we talk to Stevan and Joanna about their talent for close reading, approaching writing with kindness, writing into the sore places, and post-election reading requirements. To find out more, see The Pinewood Table. And read Stevan and Joanna’s books. They are so beautiful. Books we mentioned The Dark Tower Series –Stephen King The Stand – Stephen King Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series – Louise Penny The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern The Architecture of Happiness – Alain de Botton The Milagro Beanfield War – John Nichols The Shipping News – Annie Proulx Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides Hot Season – Susan DeFreitas The Mind Body Problem – Jonathan Westphal The Mind Body Problem – Rebecca Goldstein...

81 MIN2017 MAR. 7
Comments
episode 15: Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred and the Pinewood Table

episode 14: Jonathan Russell Clark swims in books

Book critic Jonathan Russell Clark talked with us about the satisfaction he finds in writing criticism, his inspirations and the capriciousness of what hooks him in books. We also talk collecting books (and how they become the most hated objects in the house), unintentional manifestos, handling reader feedback, bridging the gap between older critics and the current literary and digital landscapes, and the way nobody ever takes a book recommendation. Books we mentioned It –Stephen King Dark Tower Series – Stephen King But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past – Chuck Klosterman The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon The Vegetarian – Han Kang Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams – M.J. Simpson 2666 – Roberto Bolaño The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolaño The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion Fun Home – Alison Bechdel An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom – Jonathan Russell Clark A Book of American M...

69 MIN2017 FEB. 9
Comments
episode 14: Jonathan Russell Clark swims in books

episode 13: Scott Rogers and the 2016 wrap up

EScott Rogers joined us to talk about books we loved in 2016, books that surprised us, trends we noted and trends we bucked. Isaac talks about his reading couches. We discuss reading resolutions. And we get a great update on what’s happening with Big Ed and Summer America Barnham. Books we mentioned The Only Ones –Carola Dibbell Black Wave – Michelle Tea The Dark Tower (book five) – Stephen King Slow Days, Fast Company – Eve Babitz The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro The Kingkiller Chronicle (Book 1: The Name of the Wind) –Patrick Rothfuss A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James Don Quixote –Miguel de Cervantes The Gutenberg Elegies –Sven Birkerts The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Jerusalem –Alan Moore Rising Up and Rising Down –William T. Vollmann The Folly of Loving Life – Monica Drake In Cold Blood – Truman Capote What is the What – Dave Eggers City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg The Master and Margarita –Mikhail Bulgakov Bats of the Republic –Zachary...

89 MIN2017 ENE. 26
Comments
episode 13: Scott Rogers and the 2016 wrap up

episode 12: Aisha Sabatini Sloan melds narrative and theory

EHappy New Year folks! In December, we talked to Aisha Sabatini Sloan about writing non-fiction, and her new collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, which was selected by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Book Contest and is due out this year. Sabatini Sloan writes personal narrative about subjects — family, race, Detroit, the police — and with a voice that are both relevant and affecting. We talk about casually meandering into theory, as you do, and moving away from the safety net of structure. Books that are mentioned Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit – Aisha Sabatini Sloan The Fluency of Light – Aisha Sabatini Sloan Blink – Malcolm Gladwell Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides The Gift – Barbara Browning I’m Trying to Reach You – Barbara Browning I Love Dick – Chris Kraus Chelsea Girls – Eileen Miles The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson The Red Parts – Maggie Nelson Calamities – Renee Gladman Unexplained Presence – Tisa Bryant Long Division – Kiese Laymon How to ...

69 MIN2017 ENE. 5
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episode 12: Aisha Sabatini Sloan melds narrative and theory
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