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Christopher (@cdhermelin) and Drew (@drewsof) talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through their never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in their hands.Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY. For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, visit somanydamnbooks.com

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Christopher (@cdhermelin) and Drew (@drewsof) talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through their never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in their hands.Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY. For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, visit somanydamnbooks.com

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Fun podcast

By MaryHelenSheriff - Nov 18 2019
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Love the mix of drinking, books, and other random stuff. Fun to listen to!

I'm mad

By JCB___ - Jul 30 2019
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This show has made my to-read list untenable, and I'm furious. Love the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

190 Ratings
Average Ratings
167
7
5
3
8

Fun podcast

By MaryHelenSheriff - Nov 18 2019
Read more
Love the mix of drinking, books, and other random stuff. Fun to listen to!

I'm mad

By JCB___ - Jul 30 2019
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This show has made my to-read list untenable, and I'm furious. Love the podcast.
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So Many Damn Books

Latest release on Oct 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 105: Top 6* of 2018

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Christopher and Drew decide on their shared 4 favorite reads of the year, and add in one personal pick. But they don't stop there! They mention a couple 2018 reads that are next up on their lists, a favorite read in 2018 but not published in 2018, and ya know, more of those silly types of list categories. It's good to be back.

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for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com

music: Hotel Hiouchi

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Jan 22 2019

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Rank #2: 91: Stephanie Danler (SWEETBITTER on Starz) & Lorrie Moore's ANAGRAMS

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Stephanie Danler drops by the Damn Library for a second go around, this time to talk the Sweetbitter television adaptation she created, now on Starz. We discuss the Disneyland of production, why writers' rooms are great, and how she doesn't really live in Los Angeles like her house would imply. Plus we got into Lorrie Moore's Anagrams, and its satellite stories, and the forgotten voids of the 80s. Christopher and Drew also overpromise on tote bags.

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for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com

music: Disaster Magic - Get Raining

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May 29 2018

54mins

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Rank #3: The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #1

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It's tournament of books time again, so here's a recap of what went down this week, along with the expected wild speculation.

A caw-caw to all of you.

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Mar 10 2019

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Rank #4: 43: Stephanie Danler & "Bluets"

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Stephanie Danler, author of the highly recommended Sweetbitter, joins the guys in the Damn Library for a chat about anything and everything. Food, identity, sex - you name it, they talk about it. TWO cocktails are imbibed and Maggie Nelson's exceptional Bluets is unanimously praised.

15 seconds of a song: "The Clearest Blue" - CHVRCHES

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May 31 2016

43mins

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Rank #5: 128: Top 8* of 2019

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What better way to start the year than looking back at the stuff that we liked from last year? This episode, we talk about our top 8 books of the year. Like the top 8 for Myspace, only Tom isn't involved! It's a lot of nonfiction, which is crazy! Listen in, and also get in touch to tell us what your top books of the year were. We love to hear it!

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Jan 14 2020

32mins

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Rank #6: 20: Ferrante Fever / "My Brilliant Friend"

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In which Drew and Christopher wonder what spumoni is (it's ice cream), talk about the books they bought, discuss Elena Ferrante and the first book in her Neapolitan saga, and they recommend books to each other, like usual.

15 seconds of a song: Mama by Lunchmoney Lewis

also featured: Money by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Jul 28 2015

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Rank #7: 124: Reading Snapshot

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Christopher and Drew hang out and talk books. You know, like they usually do. They invite you to their 5th Birthday Party for the podcast (!!!) which is at King Tai Bar, in Brooklyn, on November 13th, at 7pm, and you're invited. They also talk some Harry Potter, some Stephen King, a honeymoon vacation reading disaster, and dreams in books. Plus, other things. Thanks for listening! Here's to 5 more!

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music: Disaster Magic

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Nov 05 2019

32mins

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Rank #8: 93: Top 5 of 2018 (so far) + Summer Reading

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Christopher and Drew hang in the Damn Library and talk about the books they've liked so far this year, the books they are going to read next, and some of the books they are excited about that are soon to be in the world. The book titles come fast and furious, TBR piles climbing as high as the temperatures.

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for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com

music: Disaster Magic - Easy Life

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Jul 10 2018

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Rank #9: 67: Elif Batuman & "Swann's Way"

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Elif Batuman joins Christopher and Drew in the Damn Library, and they all imbibe a drink called "The Dissertation" which can smack the words off the tip of your tongue. They discuss Batuman's The Idiot, and being nicer to your college self, and how you can end up a Dostoyevsky acolyte by accident, almost. They also delve into Swann's Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (translated by Lydia Davis) and answer: how is this Paris if there isn't the Eiffel Tower?

15 seconds of a song: Vampire Weekend - Campus

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Jun 06 2017

53mins

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Rank #10: 82: Top 6 of 2017

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Christopher and Drew chat about their Top 6 books of 2017 - the 4 books they both agree on, and then 2 that only one of the guys puts on the top of the pile. They also pontificate on the book that'll win the 2018 Tournament of Books, and list some things they are looking forward to this year.

music: Disaster Magic - Room (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)

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Jan 30 2018

30mins

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Rank #11: 9: Audiobooks / "Everything I Never Told You" / Interview: Emily St. John Mandel

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  • Teaser
  • Audiobooks
  • "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng
  • Interview: Emily St. John Mandel (author of "Station Eleven")
  • Recommendations

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Feb 09 2015

52mins

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Rank #12: 3: Games / "Wolf in White Van"

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The Future Library Project, Margaret Atwood, and authors we think should be included next Games in Books Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle Parting Recommendations recorded at the Dr. Doctor studio in Brooklyn, NY.

sound engineer: Luke Wiget

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Nov 17 2014

29mins

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Rank #13: 17: Lev Grossman & "Mrs. Dalloway"

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In which Lev Grossman visits the Damn Library to talk about his Magicians trilogy and (one of his) favorite book(s) of all time: Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway".

15 Seconds of a Song: "Magic" by Ben Kweller

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May 18 2015

43mins

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Rank #14: 115: Mona Awad (BUNNY) & Rebecca Godfrey's THE TORN SKIRT

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Mona Awad drops by the Damn Library to discuss her new novel Bunny with Christopher and Drew. They get into fairy tales, and making magic real, and the horror potential of the MFA workshop. Plus, Mona brings an old favorite of hers, Rebecca Godfrey's The Torn Skirt, which feels like a fever, and Mona talks about how some books feel like home. Plus other stuff! It's a good one, bunny!

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Jun 11 2019

42mins

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Rank #15: 116: #OneBookNY (Patti Smith's JUST KIDS) & Top 6 of 2019 (So Far)

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Christopher and Drew are in the Damn Library just on their lonesome to talk the city's One Book, One New York choice, Patti Smith's Just Kids. They get right into how it describes a lost New York, and how you might be too old for it at one point, and just old enough for it at another. They also discuss their Top 6 books of the year so far!

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music: Hotel Hiouchi

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Jun 25 2019

35mins

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Rank #16: 95: Megan Abbott (GIVE ME YOUR HAND) & Lisa Halliday's ASYMMETRY

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Megan Abbott returns to the Damn Library for her new book Give Me Your Hand, and Christopher cooks up a color changing cocktail to celebrate. The guys get into Megan's dual jobs as novelist and tv writer, her thriller philosophy, and how writing people who are smart rather than brawny is a challenge. They also talk Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry, its relation to Phillip Roth, and some of their own desert island discs. And lots more!

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Jul 31 2018

45mins

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Rank #17: 57: Tournament of Books 2017 Primer

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After a long hiatus, Drew and Christopher are back in the Damn Library, explaining what the Tournament of Books is, why they like it, and what seems like the favorite to win this year. 

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Jan 31 2017

26mins

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Rank #18: 55: "Six of Crows" & Top 6 of 2016!

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In this one, the guys look to escape their lives for a bit with some epic fantasy, and they do so via a duologetic ticket to Leigh Bardugo's Grisha-verse. After they extoll the book's virtues and consider the difficulties of escapism, they jump into their Top 6 of 2016.

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Dec 12 2016

32mins

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Rank #19: 85: John Darnielle (UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS) & Mathias Énard's Zone

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John Darnielle, lead singer of the Mountain Goats and writer of Universal Harvester and Wolf in White Van, sits down in the Damn Library for a far-ranging conversation covering everything from addiction to translated fiction. They talk about being frightened and why John writes, along with a myriad of other things. John also brings Mathias Énard's one-sentence novel Zone (translated by Charlotte Mandell) to the guys, and they discuss hypnosis and dispel some 90s nostalgia. 

music: Disaster Magic - Volkswagen Folklore (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)

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Mar 07 2018

54mins

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Rank #20: 106: Karen Thompson Walker (THE DREAMERS) & Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO

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Karen Thompson Walker drops in to dream a little dream with Christopher and Drew in the dreamy Damn Library to discuss her new novel, The Dreamers. They discuss outbreak fiction, writing about college, and what-if scenarios, as well as Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which prompts a discussion of writing about sci-fi premises through non sci-fi means. And so much more!

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music: Hotel Hiouchi

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Feb 05 2019

39mins

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