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Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, fiction/non/fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists.

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Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, fiction/non/fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists.

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I have really enjoyed the episodes this summer. Great topics and guests. Nice work.

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Intelligent conversations about current events, and literature and the connections between them.

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Summer Shows

By Czar1225 - Aug 05 2019
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I have really enjoyed the episodes this summer. Great topics and guests. Nice work.

Awesome and Interesting

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Intelligent conversations about current events, and literature and the connections between them.
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fiction/non/fiction

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Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, fiction/non/fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists.

Rank #1: 24. On Whiteness Part I: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

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In the first half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. How can white writers render their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism, and also challenge them? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent Utne Reader essay about diversity in poetry.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:Jess RowTim YuReadings for the Episode:Jess RowWhite FlightsYour Face in MineWhat Are White Writers For?” in The New Republic, Sept. 30, 2016“Native Sons: A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race” in Guernica, Aug. 13, 2013

Tim Yu "The Case of the 'Disappearing' Poet: Why did a white poet see the success of writers of color as a signal of his own demise?" The New Republic, August 7, 2019White Poets Want Chinese Culture Without Chinese People Calvin Trillin's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" is the latest in a long artistic tradition. The New Republic, April 8, 2016, 100 Chinese Silences

Whitney TerrellThe King of Kings CountyThe Huntsman

Others:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book)"White Fragility," by Robin DiAngelo (article)"The Authentic Outsider: Bill Cheng, Anthony Marra, and the freedom to write what you don’t know," by V.V. GaneshananthanThe Dominance of the White Male Critic: Conversations about our monuments, museums, screens and stages have the same blind spots as our political discourse,” by Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Chi-hui Yang, The New York Times, July 5, 2019"The Promise of American Poetry," by Bob Hicok, Utne Reader, Summer 2019 (originally appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2018)"Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" by Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker, March 28, 2016Orientalism by Edward SaidMapping Prejudice

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Aug 22 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: 2: Idra Novey and Esmé Wang Talk Mental Health and Writing

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Idra Novey and Esmé Wang talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, trauma, and mental health.

Readings for the episode: · The Border of Paradise by Esmé Wang  ·  The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Wang (forthcoming) · Esmé Wang's website · “Perdition Days: On Experiencing Psychosis,” by Esme Wang · “The Silence of Sexual Assault in Literature,” by Idra Novey · Ways to Disappear and Those Who Knew, by Idra Novey · “Good Country People,” by Flannery O’Connor · The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

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Oct 18 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #3: 5: Madeline Miller on Circe, Homer, Translation, and Adaptation (recorded live at the Miami Book Fair)

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In this live episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, recorded at the 2018 Miami Book Fair, novelist Madeline Miller talks to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about ancient Greek epic, translation, mythological realism, and literary adaptation.

Readings for the Episode:

Circeand The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Odyssey and “Translator’s Note to The Odyssey by Emily Wilson

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth  by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Guest: Madeline Miller

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Nov 29 2018

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Rank #4: 16: Democrats in the Bardo: George and Paula Saunders on Politics and Writing

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, taped live at the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri, George and Paula Saunders talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing, politics, class, and the contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:

●      George Saunders

●      Paula Saunders

Readings for the Episode:

●      10th of Decemberby George Saunders     

●      Lincoln in the Bardoby George Saunders     

●      Pastoralia by George Saunders

●      CivilWarLandin Bad Decline by George Saunders

●      The Distance Homeby Paula Saunders

●      War and Peaceby Leo Tolstoy 

●      “Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning” by Donald Barthelme

●      The Unpopular Mr. Lincolnby Larry Tagg

●      American Pastoral by Philip Roth

●      "Grief" by Anton Chekhov

●      Beto O’Rourke on Medium

●      Books by Curtis Sittenfeld

●      The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison 

●      Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden     

●      “E Pluribus Unum?” by Stacey Abrams

●      Bob Hillman, "Carveresque," from the album Some of Us Are Free, Some of Us Are Lost

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May 02 2019

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Rank #5: S3 Ep. 3. Horror in the Headlines: Victor LaValle and Benjamin Percy on Scary Stories

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In this special Halloween episode, writers Victor LaValle and Benjamin Percy tell creepy stories, and talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how writing about politics relates to horror. LaValle explains how devices like monsters make it possible to write about how something feels, rather than merely what happened; Percy discusses doppelgängers, and asks whether politically, the call is coming from inside the house.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:

  • Victor LaValle
  • Benjamin Percy


Readings for the Episode:

Victor LaValle

Benjamin Percy

Earlier F/n/F: Against Genre Snobbery, with Marlon James and Daniel Jose Older

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Oct 31 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: 14: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Lit Mags (And Likely More)

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, editors Brigid Hughes of A Public Space and Jennifer Baker of Electric Literature and the Minorities in Publishing podcast discuss the world of literary journals with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. What gets an editor’s attention? How much editing do they really do? And where was the AWP hotel bar in Portland? This episode, recorded during the annual AWP conference, has the answers.

Readings for the Episode:

·       A Public Space, Issue 27, ed. Brigid Hughes

·       Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Bette Howland (forthcoming, APS Books)

·       Everyday People: The Color of Lifeed. Jennifer Baker

·       Acentos Review

·       As/Us

·       Kweli Journal

·       Callaloo

·       Lambda Literary

·       Papercuts

·       Paper Darts

·       Tayo Literary Magazine

·       Tin House

·       Copper Nickel

·       The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling

·       The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

·       Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

·       The Bible of Dirty Jokes by Eileen Pollack

Guests:

·       Brigid Hughes

·       Jennifer Baker

Live from the FSG Originals Party

 ·     Jessica Eckerstorfer

·      Danielle Evans

·      Lydia Kiesling

·      Dan Kois

·      R.O. Kwon

·      Wayne Miller

·      Eileen Pollack

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Apr 04 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #7: 17: Against Genre Snobbery: Marlon James and Daniel José Older on the Intersections of Literary and Genre Writing

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, taped live at the inaugural Wordplay in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Marlon James and Daniel José Older speak with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the politics of literary categories. They talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the history of queerness in Africa, the importance of plot, the Wookieepedia, writing violence and respecting readers, and the details of dinosaurs.

Guests:

●      Marlon James

●      Daniel José Older

Readings for the Episode:

●      Black Leopard, Red Wolfby Marlon James

●      Dactyl Hill Squad & Dactyl Hill Squad: Freedom Fireby Daniel Jose Older

●      Hollywood Wivesby Jackie Collins

●      Buffy the Vampire Slayer

●      The Iliadby Homer

●      All the President’s Menby Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

●      Madame Bovaryby Gustave Flaubert

●      Octavia Butler

●      The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ringby J.R.R. Tolkien

●      100 Years of Solitudeby Gabriel Garcia Marquez

●      The Stand & It by Stephen King

●      Shogunby James Clavell

●      Avatar: The Last Airbender

●      Star Wars: A New Hope

●      The Harry Potter Seriesby J.K. Rowling

●      Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

●      Pokémon Detective Pikachu

●      Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

●      Jesmyn Ward

●      Nicholson Baker

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May 16 2019

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Rank #8: 15: So, Who's Funny in the Age of Trump?

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In episode 15, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell ask who’s funny in the age of Trump, and how they’re managing to pull it off. They talk to Sloane Crosley, author of the new essay collection, Look Alive Out There, about the humor of the everyday and the freedom and subversiveness of not writing about the president. The also speak to Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post’s ComPost column, whose column features humorous takes on political news ranging from James Comey’s book release to Chris Christie’s screaming eyes.

Readings:
• Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
• A Field Guide to Awkward Silences and the ComPost blog, by Alexandra Petri, including [“Further excerpts from James Comey’s book, if the existing ones are anything to go on](https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2018/04/13/further-excerpts-from-james-comeys-book-if-the-existing-ones-are-anything-to-go-on/?utm_term=.0d4b0ee949c3)"
• Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell
• My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber
• Sylvia Plath, [“Tulips”](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49013/tulips-56d22ab68fdd0)
• The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations
• [“The Clouds](http://classics.mit.edu/Aristophanes/clouds.html)," by Aristophanes
• [“The Personal Essay Boom is Over,”](https://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/the-personal-essay-boom-is-over) by Jia Tolentino

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Apr 19 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #9: S3 Ep. 1: The Secret Lives of Editors: Rakesh Satyal, Brian Birnbaum, & M.K. Rainey on the World of Editing

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In this episode, novelist and editor Rakesh Satyal and Dead Rabbits Books founders Brian Birnbaum and M.K. Rainey talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about editing and being edited. Satyal discusses the ins and outs of big publishing houses, how he revises, and the simple but revealing question he heard another editor ask an author. Birnbaum and Rainey share what it took for them to start Dead Rabbits Books, how they give each other feedback, and why they appreciate fresh eyes on their work.

Guests:Rakesh SatyalBrian BirnbaumM.K. (Katie) Rainey

Readings for the Episode:Rakesh SatyalNo One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal Rakesh Satyal on the pick up line that changed his life LitHub, Nov. 7, 2018No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection by Maureen Corrigan, NPR, May 10, 2017 Brian BirnbaumEmerald City by Brian Birnbaum Dead Rabbits Podcast Dead Rabbits Episode 33: Vulnerable Discovering an iconic literary character was based on your grandfather LitHub, May 16, 2019M.K. (Katie) RaineyReading Your Work in Public: 12 Tips from Dead Rabbits Reading Series Founder by M.K. Rainey, Writer’s Digest, July 15, 2019Citizen Uncensored: The Power of Student Centered Learning by M.K. Rainey, Writer’s Chronicle, July 2019

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Oct 03 2019

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Rank #10: 11: Annihilation, Adaptation: What's It Really Like to Have Your Book Made Into a Movie

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In episode 11, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell offer a very Lit Hub take on Academy Awards season. What’s the process really like when a book becomes a movie? How does Hollywood decide which books will work best for the big screen? For answers, they talk to production and development executive Christina Sibul, who worked on the Academy Award nominated book adaptations The House of Sand and Fog (2003) and Sideways (2004). Then author Jeff VanderMeer joins the show, fresh back from the L.A. premiere of Annihilation, a brand new Paramount Pictures film based on the first novel of Jeff’s bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy. Jeff will give us the inside scoop on his techniques for freaking out readers, how director Alex Garland translated Annihilation’s monsters to the big screen, and how to dress for the red carpet if you’re an author. BONUS: Sugi casts the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast movie adaptation! Readings: Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer (2014); The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (1999); Sideways by Rex Pickett (2004)

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Feb 22 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #11: 9: Can I Get A Witness: God and Faith in American Fiction

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelists R.O. Kwon and Paul Harding and hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell discuss writing about God and faith.

Readings for the Episode:

·      The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

·      Tinkers and Enon by Paul Harding

·      Blind Spot and Open City by Teju Cole

·      The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson

·      He Held Radical Light by Christian Wiman

·      Marilynne Robinson

·      Laleh Khadivi

·      Simone Weil

·      Mohsin Hamid

·      Louisa May Alcott

Guests:

·      R.O. Kwon

·      Paul Harding

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Jan 24 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: 7: How Has Literary Life Changed in 20 Years? With Curtis Sittenfeld and Oscar Villalon

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In search of some nostalgic holiday cheer, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell climb in the way back machine and time travel to 1997 with critic and editor Oscar Villalon and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. Oscar rounds up the books that won prizes twenty years ago, the books that remain relevant, and explains why these books aren't always the same. Curtis talks to us about Monica Lewinsky, Esquire, The Prairie Wife, Sex and the City and the very literary politics of 1997\. PLUS an *exclusive* preview of her novel-in-progress about a Hillary Rodham who never becomes a Clinton. Readings (Fiction): Underworld by Don DeLillo; You Think It, I'll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld; The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; American Pastoral by Phillip Roth; Paradise by Toni Morrison; Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser; The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald; The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White; Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Readings (Nonfiction): Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt; The Commissar Vanishes: the Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia by David King; The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang; The Women by Hilton Als; Sex and the City by Candice Bushnell. In the Stacks will be back in two weeks. Happy Holidays!

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Dec 28 2017

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Rank #13: 14: All Fiction is Crime Fiction

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In episode 14, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell examine the omnipresent American comfort narrative of mystery and crime fiction. Why do we love crime stories so much? How do they shape the way that we think about a whole host of real-world issues from the Mueller investigation to Black Lives Matter and the shootings of young black men by police? They are joined for this discussion by Mat Johnson, author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the graphic novels Incognegro and Dark Rain. Readings: •    Incognegro by Mat Johnson, and its new miniprequels •    Superman II, Superman III (film) •    The Untouchables (film) •    The Road To Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder •    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler •    Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky •    CrimeReads.com

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Apr 05 2018

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Rank #14: 23: James Traub and Margot Livesey on Decency vs. Moral Weakness

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, writers James Traub and Margot Livesey discuss the idea of morally weak characters with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. In part one, Traub talks moral weakness, the concept of decency in the public sphere, and his recent Atlantic article about the Strzok hearing. Livesey explores the morally weak character in her novel Mercury, fiction and moral failings in the private sphere, and famously flawed characters in literary history.

Readings • “[Decency Loses Its Moral Force](https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/have-they-no-sense-of-decency/565415/)” by James Traub • “[Selfishness Is Killing Liberalism](https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/liberalism-trump-era/553553/)” by James Traub • [John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780465093830) by James Traub • [The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781941040683) and [Mercury](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062437501) by Margot Livesey • 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet • [On Liberty](https://www.gutenberg.org/files/34901/34901-h/34901-h.htm) by John Stuart Mill • [All The King’s Men](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780156004800?aff=PublishersWeekly) by Robert Penn Warren • [Put Out More Flags](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781619698611?aff=) by Evelyn Waugh • [Homage to Catalonia](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780156421171) by George Orwell • [1984](https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/326569/1984-by-george-orwell-with-a-foreword-by-thomas-pynchon/9780452284234/) by George Orwell • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville • [The Good Soldier](https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2775/2775-h/2775-h.htm) by Ford Madox Ford • The criticism of F. R. Leavis • “[The Interview](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1957/07/27/the-interview-4)” by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala • [Giovanni’s Room](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781101907740) by James Baldwin • [All the Kings Men](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780156004800?aff=PublishersWeekly) by Robert Penn Warren • [Things Fall Apart](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385474542) by Chinua Achebe • [Invisible Man](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780679732761) by Ralph Ellison • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor • “[Drinking Coffee Elsewhere](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2000/06/19/drinking-coffee-elsewhere)” by ZZ Packer • [Rebecca](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780380730407) by Daphne du Maurier • [A Passage to India](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780156711425) by E. M. Forster • Magneto from The X-Men • [The Stanford prison experiment](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment)

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Aug 09 2018

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Rank #15: 3: The Power of Facebook: How Big is Too Big?

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In episode three of fiction/non/fiction, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell talk to The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal and novelist Alexander Chee about Facebook, Russia, dark ads, and how writers are changing their relationship to social media. For more, head to LitHub.com

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Nov 02 2017

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Rank #16: 17: The Return of Socialism in America?

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In recent years, socialism has been on the rise—or was it ever really gone? In episode 17, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell talk to Dana Goldstein of The New York Times about what it’s like to cover teacher walkouts and strikes today, and how today’s actions compare to those she wrote about in her bestselling book, The Teacher Wars, which covers the history of teaching in America. Later in the show, Thomas Frank of Listen, Liberal fame gives us a sneak preview of the final essay in his forthcoming collection. He discusses the state of socialism, the failures of the Democratic Party, and which fiction writers have most successfully taken socialism on as their material.

Readings: • The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein • Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank • Rendezvous With Oblivion by Thomas Frank (forthcoming) • Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel • “[25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools,](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/reader-center/us-public-schools-conditions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Freader-center&action=click&contentCollection=reader-center®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=s... by Josephine Sedgwick • The U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos • Native Son by Richard Wright • Such Sweet Thunder by Vincent O. Carter • Bottom Dogs by Edward Dahlberg • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward • The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell

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May 17 2018

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Rank #17: 24. On Whiteness Part 2: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

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In the second half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. Who gets to participate in cultural criticism, and why? Who gets reviewed by and compared to whom, and why? How can white writers render and challenge their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent essay about diversity in poetry. (Find Part I here.)

Guests:Jess RowTim YuReadings for the Episode:Jess RowWhite FlightsYour Face in MineWhat Are White Writers For?” in The New Republic, Sept. 30, 2016“Native Sons: A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race” in Guernica, Aug. 13, 2013“A Safe Space for Racism,” in The New Republic, Nov. 23, 2016

Tim Yu"The Case of the 'Disappearing' Poet: Why did a white poet see the success of writers of color as a signal of his own demise?" The New Republic, August 7, 2019White Poets Want Chinese Culture Without Chinese People Calvin Trillin's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" is the latest in a long artistic tradition. The New Republic, April 8, 2016, 100 Chinese Silences

Whitney TerrellThe King of Kings County

Others:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book)"The Authentic Outsider: Bill Cheng, Anthony Marra, and the freedom to write what you don’t know," by V.V. GaneshananthanThe Dominance of the White Male Critic,” by Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Chi-hui Yang, The New York Times, July 5, 2019"The Promise of American Poetry," by Bob Hicok, Utne Reader, Summer 2019 (originally appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2018)Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2010 by Kevin Fox GothamPlaying in the Dark: Whiteness in the literary imagination by Toni MorrisonWhite People by Allan GurganusLiterary Color Lines: On Inclusion in Publishing Fiction/Non/Fiction #8: Dhonielle Clayton and Ayesha Pande Talk Sensitivity Reading January 11, 2018

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Aug 29 2019

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Rank #18: 8: Literary Color Lines

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In episode 8, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell talk about sensitivity reads, cross-cultural writing, and the lack of diversity in the publishing industry with author and COO of We Need Diverse Books Dhonielle Clayton and agent Ayesha Pande. In the first half of the show, Clayton talks about her own career as a sensitivity reader—or, as she prefers, a targeted beta reader—and discusses her concerns with a recent _New York Times_ article on the subject. In the show's second segment, longtime agent and former editor Pande explains how she has seen a lack of diversity in publishing affect writers of color throughout her 25-year career. Readings: "In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?" by Alexandra Alter in _The New York Times_; "Twentieth Century Fiction and the Black Mask of Humanity" by Ralph Ellison, from _Shadow and Act_; "How Chris Jackson is Building a Black Literary Movement" by Vinson Cunningham in _The New York Times Magazine_. In the Stacks features Abby Fennewald, Director of Marketing and Publicity for BookPeople in Austin, Texas.

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Jan 11 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #19: 15: Emily Raboteau and Omar El Akkad Tell a Different Kind of Climate Change Story

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelists Emily Raboteau and Omar El Akkad discuss telling the stories of climate change with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. Raboteau talks about her recent NYRB article, "Climate Signs," and El Akkad shares how his history as a journalist connects to his novel, American War,

Readings for the Episode:

●      “Climate Signs” by Emily Raboteau, New York Review Daily

●      The Professor's Daughter  by Emily Raboteau

●      Searching for Zion  by Emily Raboteau

●      American War  by Omar El Akkad

●      Gold Fame Citrus  by Claire Vaye Watkins

●      “Flying Cars Could Save us from Climate Change,” by Jen Christensen, CNN

●      “Climate Change: European Team to drill for ‘oldest’ ice in Antarctica” by Jonathan Amos, BBC

●      “Atchafalaya”  by John McPhee, The New Yorker

●      The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming  by David Wallace-Wells

●      “There's so much CO2 in the atmosphere that planting trees can no longer save us,” by Rob Ludacer and Jessica Orwig, Business Insider

●      "Young Readers Ask: The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells," by Geronimo LaValle, Orion Magazine

●      “As We Approach the City,” by Mik Awake, The Common

●      “The Climate Museum Launches Pun-Filled Art Installations Across the City,” by Katie Brown, Medium/NYU Local

●      “‘Hand that’s feeding the world is getting bit.’ Farmers cope with floods, trade war” by Crystal Thomas and Bryan Lowery, The Kansas City Star

●      “Senator uses Star Wars posters, image of Reagan riding a dinosaur to blast Green New Deal,” by Christal Hayes, USA Today

●      Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton

●      Horizon, by Barry Lopez

●      The End of Nature, by Bill McKibben

Guests:

·       Emily Raboteau

·       Omar El Akkad

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Apr 18 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: 5: The New Culture Wars: Higher Ed Edition

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The novelists V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell discuss how cuts to higher education are threatening the fabric of American life. Guests John Freeman and Sarah Smarsh talk about the higher cost of college has exacerbated income inequality. And the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Lan Samantha Chang, weighs in on how the great Midwestern public universities are being squeezed by Republican-led state legislatures. Readings: "We Just Don't Feel Like We Belong Here Anymore" by Becca Andrews in Mother Jones. "The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies" by Jon Marcus in The Atlantic. "Elitists, crybabies and junky degrees" by Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan in the Washington Post. Tales of Two Americas, essays "Blood Brother" by Sarah Smarsh, "Hurray for Losers" by Dagoberto Gilb and "A Good Neighbor Is Hard To Find" by Whitney Terrell Moo by Jane Smiley Stoner by John Williams All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang Whitney's statistics on the 2008-2016 decline in Missouri's higher education funding come from an August 18, 2016 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. You can find the figures for your state here: https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-by-state-fact-sheets-higher-education-cuts-jeopardize-students-and-states-economic For more, visit us at LitHub.com

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Nov 30 2017

1hr 10mins

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S3 E8: Who Can Be A Citizen?: Rohini Mohan and Praveen Donthi on Hindu Nationalism, Exclusion, and Belonging in Modi's India

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In this episode, journalists Rohini Mohan and Praveen Donthi talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the recent widespread protests in India over the Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act and why many see the act as a threat to India’s secular nature and constitution. Donthi talks about his time reporting in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, and the abrupt change in its autonomous status, announced in August; Mohan speaks about covering Assam, a state in India’s northeast where the debates over who belongs have a longer history. 

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Guests:

  • Rohini Mohan
  • Praveen Donthi


Selected readings for the episode:

Rohini Mohan


Praveen Donthi (all pieces from The Caravan)


Others

Books

Articles

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Jan 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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S3 Ep. 7: Live at the Miami Book Fair: T.C. Boyle on Writing About LSD and Outside Looking In

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In this episode, taped live at the Miami Book Fair, writer T.C. Boyle talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing his latest novel, Outside Looking In. The novel looks at the history of LSD, and tracks the marriage of a Harvard graduate student who works with psychologist and LSD researcher Timothy Leary. Boyle offers candid insights into his research process, his own experiences with drugs, his relationship with nature, and how he writes and revises.

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Guests:

  • T.C. Boyle

Readings for the Episode:

T.C. Boyle


Michael Pollan

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Jan 02 2020

50mins

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A Holiday Re-Broadcast

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We'll be back with a new episode, featuring T.C. Boyle, on January 2. Until then, please enjoy this holiday re-broadcast of our April 4, 2019 episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast. In this episode, editors Brigid Hughes of A Public Space and Jennifer Baker of Electric Literature and the Minorities in Publishing podcast discuss the world of literary journals with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. What gets an editor’s attention? How much editing do they really do? And where was the AWP hotel bar in Portland? This episode, recorded during the annual AWP conference, has the answers.

Readings for the Episode:

·    A Public Space, Issue 27, ed. Brigid Hughes

·    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Bette Howland (forthcoming, APS Books)

·    Everyday People: The Color of Lifeed. Jennifer Baker

·    Acentos Review

·    As/Us

·    Kweli Journal

·    Callaloo

·    Lambda Literary

·    Papercuts

·    Paper Darts

·    Tayo Literary Magazine

·    Tin House

·    Copper Nickel

·    The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling

·    The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

·    Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

·    The Bible of Dirty Jokes by Eileen Pollack

Guests:

·    Brigid Hughes

·    Jennifer Baker

Live from the FSG Originals Party

 ·   Jessica Eckerstorfer

·   Danielle Evans

·   Lydia Kiesling

·   Dan Kois

·   R.O. Kwon

·   Wayne Miller

·   Eileen Pollack

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Dec 26 2019

1hr 23mins

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S3 Ep. 6: The Language of Abuse: Rene Denfeld and Megan Phelps-Roper on Private and Public Violence in the Trump Era

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In this episode, writers Rene Denfeld and Megan Phelps-Roper talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how the private language of abuse has infected the political rhetoric of the Trump era. Denfeld discusses her work as a licensed investigator and talks about writing about verbal abuse, as well as the difference between investing in mass incarceration and investing in justice; Phelps-Roper recounts how she thought about language and audience as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, and how she considers the same thing now that she has left it.

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Readings for the Episode:

Rene Denfeld


Megan Phelps-Roper


Others

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Dec 12 2019

1hr 11mins

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S3 Ep. 5: Live at the Miami Book Fair: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer on Classic Fantasy, Fearsome Ducks, and Dead Astronauts

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In this episode, taped live at the Miami Book Fair, writer Jeff VanderMeer and editor Ann VanderMeer talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about editing The Big Book of Classic Fantasy anthology, historical understandings of fantasy, editing beyond Anglocentrism, and the significance of animals in fantasy compared to literary fiction. Jeff VanderMeer also talks about his newly launched novel Dead Astronauts, the future of genetic editing, and how to write about animals.

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Guests:

  • Ann VanderMeer
  • Jeff VanderMeer


Readings for the Episode:

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, eds.


Jeff VanderMeer


Ann VanderMeer, editor


Others

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Dec 05 2019

55mins

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Where's my new Fiction/Non/Fiction episode?

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The Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast is taking a break for Thanksgiving. But we'll be back this coming Thursday with a episode featuring Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, recorded live at the Miami Book Fair.

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Nov 28 2019

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S3 Ep. 4: Wild Life: Tucker Malarkey, Will Bardenwerper, and Stan Brewer on Hope and Conservation

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In this episode, writers Tucker Malarkey and Will Bardenwerper, as well as rancher, rider, and member of the Oglala Sioux tribe Stan Brewer talk about their connections to the natural world. Malarkey talks about efforts to save wild salmon, their vital role in the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest, and how relations between the U.S. and Russia on this issue might provide insight on global climate change cooperation. Bardenwerper and Brewer, the first writer-source duo to appear on the show together, discuss Indian relay horse racing, and horses’ importance to the Lakota community.

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Guests:

  • Tucker Malarkey
  • Will Bardenwerper
  • Stan Brewer


Readings for the Episode:

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Nov 14 2019

1hr 12mins

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S3 Ep. 3. Horror in the Headlines: Victor LaValle and Benjamin Percy on Scary Stories

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In this special Halloween episode, writers Victor LaValle and Benjamin Percy tell creepy stories, and talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how writing about politics relates to horror. LaValle explains how devices like monsters make it possible to write about how something feels, rather than merely what happened; Percy discusses doppelgängers, and asks whether politically, the call is coming from inside the house.

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Guests:

  • Victor LaValle
  • Benjamin Percy


Readings for the Episode:

Victor LaValle

Benjamin Percy

Earlier F/n/F: Against Genre Snobbery, with Marlon James and Daniel Jose Older

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Oct 31 2019

1hr 7mins

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S3 Ep. 2. The Connie Brothers Era: 45 Years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop

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In this episode, alumni and staff from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop join Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to honor the retirement of the unmatched Connie Brothers, the Workshop’s administrator for 45 years. Our guests recall their days as students, and the many times Connie provided guidance, encouragement, and compassion to emerging and established writers.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:

●     Chris Adrian

●     Josh Barkan

●     Marcus Burke

●     Lan Samantha Chang

●     Tameka Cage Conley

●     Danielle Evans

●     Tom Grimes

●     Diane Louie

●     Deb West

●     Antoine Wilson

●     many more

Readings for the Episode:

●     Tom Grimes

○     Mentor: A Memoir

○     The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers Workshop

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Oct 17 2019

1hr 10mins

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S3 Ep. 1: The Secret Lives of Editors: Rakesh Satyal, Brian Birnbaum, & M.K. Rainey on the World of Editing

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In this episode, novelist and editor Rakesh Satyal and Dead Rabbits Books founders Brian Birnbaum and M.K. Rainey talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about editing and being edited. Satyal discusses the ins and outs of big publishing houses, how he revises, and the simple but revealing question he heard another editor ask an author. Birnbaum and Rainey share what it took for them to start Dead Rabbits Books, how they give each other feedback, and why they appreciate fresh eyes on their work.

Guests:Rakesh SatyalBrian BirnbaumM.K. (Katie) Rainey

Readings for the Episode:Rakesh SatyalNo One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal Rakesh Satyal on the pick up line that changed his life LitHub, Nov. 7, 2018No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection by Maureen Corrigan, NPR, May 10, 2017 Brian BirnbaumEmerald City by Brian Birnbaum Dead Rabbits Podcast Dead Rabbits Episode 33: Vulnerable Discovering an iconic literary character was based on your grandfather LitHub, May 16, 2019M.K. (Katie) RaineyReading Your Work in Public: 12 Tips from Dead Rabbits Reading Series Founder by M.K. Rainey, Writer’s Digest, July 15, 2019Citizen Uncensored: The Power of Student Centered Learning by M.K. Rainey, Writer’s Chronicle, July 2019

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Oct 03 2019

1hr 15mins

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26: In Hong Kong, A Movement Grows: Javier C. Hernández and Xu Xi on the City's Battle With Beijing

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In this episode, New York Times reporter Javier C. Hernández and fiction writer and essayist Xu Xi talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about Hong Kong, current and past protests, and the powers that have sought to gain control of the city. Hernández talks about the practical realities of covering potentially violent situations and the unique collectivism of current activism. Xu Xi discusses the challenges the movement faces as well as the historical dissonance that makes finding progress difficult.

Guests:Javier C. HernándezXu Xi

Readings for the Episode:Javier C. Hernández The Peacemaker at the Centre of Hong Kong's Turbulent Protests, July 4, 2019When Trump Tweets, the Editor of, "China's Fox News," Hits Back, July 31, 2019China Calls Hong Kong Protestors who Stormed Legislature ‘Extreme Radicals’, July 2, 2019, with Alexandra Stevenson Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course With China’s Communist Party, August 12, 2019, with Amy QinWith Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests, June 19, 2019Xu Xi This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being The Unwalled CityInsignificance: Hong Kong Stories Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City  Founder of CityU creative writing programme questions decision to cancel it, South China Morning Post, May 4, 2015

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Sep 19 2019

1hr 9mins

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25: An American Abroad: Deborah Landau and Mathangi Subramanian on Expat Writing

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In this episode, poet Deborah Landau and novelist Mathangi Subramanian talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about their writing lives as Americans abroad. From exploring Paris's rich expat literary history to witnessing the diversity of slums in India, Landau and Subramanian discuss what they found when they began writing in unfamiliar places.

Guests:Deborah LandauMathangi Subramanian

Readings for the Episode:Deborah LandauOrchideliriumThe Last Usable HourThe Uses of the BodySoft Targets

Mathangi SubramanianA People’s History of HeavenThe Day My Outrage Went Viral, Zora Magazine, Aug. 2Picturing Change photography project (Greeshma Patel)

Others:A Moveable Feast by Ernest HemingwayBehind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine BooHow To Write About Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina, Granta

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Sep 05 2019

1hr 10mins

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24. On Whiteness Part 2: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

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In the second half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. Who gets to participate in cultural criticism, and why? Who gets reviewed by and compared to whom, and why? How can white writers render and challenge their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent essay about diversity in poetry. (Find Part I here.)

Guests:Jess RowTim YuReadings for the Episode:Jess RowWhite FlightsYour Face in MineWhat Are White Writers For?” in The New Republic, Sept. 30, 2016“Native Sons: A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race” in Guernica, Aug. 13, 2013“A Safe Space for Racism,” in The New Republic, Nov. 23, 2016

Tim Yu"The Case of the 'Disappearing' Poet: Why did a white poet see the success of writers of color as a signal of his own demise?" The New Republic, August 7, 2019White Poets Want Chinese Culture Without Chinese People Calvin Trillin's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" is the latest in a long artistic tradition. The New Republic, April 8, 2016, 100 Chinese Silences

Whitney TerrellThe King of Kings County

Others:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book)"The Authentic Outsider: Bill Cheng, Anthony Marra, and the freedom to write what you don’t know," by V.V. GaneshananthanThe Dominance of the White Male Critic,” by Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Chi-hui Yang, The New York Times, July 5, 2019"The Promise of American Poetry," by Bob Hicok, Utne Reader, Summer 2019 (originally appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2018)Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2010 by Kevin Fox GothamPlaying in the Dark: Whiteness in the literary imagination by Toni MorrisonWhite People by Allan GurganusLiterary Color Lines: On Inclusion in Publishing Fiction/Non/Fiction #8: Dhonielle Clayton and Ayesha Pande Talk Sensitivity Reading January 11, 2018

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Aug 29 2019

58mins

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24. On Whiteness Part I: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

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In the first half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. How can white writers render their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism, and also challenge them? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent Utne Reader essay about diversity in poetry.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:Jess RowTim YuReadings for the Episode:Jess RowWhite FlightsYour Face in MineWhat Are White Writers For?” in The New Republic, Sept. 30, 2016“Native Sons: A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race” in Guernica, Aug. 13, 2013

Tim Yu "The Case of the 'Disappearing' Poet: Why did a white poet see the success of writers of color as a signal of his own demise?" The New Republic, August 7, 2019White Poets Want Chinese Culture Without Chinese People Calvin Trillin's "Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" is the latest in a long artistic tradition. The New Republic, April 8, 2016, 100 Chinese Silences

Whitney TerrellThe King of Kings CountyThe Huntsman

Others:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book)"White Fragility," by Robin DiAngelo (article)"The Authentic Outsider: Bill Cheng, Anthony Marra, and the freedom to write what you don’t know," by V.V. GaneshananthanThe Dominance of the White Male Critic: Conversations about our monuments, museums, screens and stages have the same blind spots as our political discourse,” by Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Chi-hui Yang, The New York Times, July 5, 2019"The Promise of American Poetry," by Bob Hicok, Utne Reader, Summer 2019 (originally appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2018)"Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?" by Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker, March 28, 2016Orientalism by Edward SaidMapping Prejudice

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Aug 22 2019

1hr 11mins

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23: The Iranian Revolution at 40: Jasmin Darznik and Dina Nayeri On the Anniversary of the Republic

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Iranian-American novelists and memoirists Jasmin Darznik and Dina Nayeri talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. How has the country changed in four decades, and what is it like to write about the preceding and subsequent history?

Guests:Jasmin DarznikDina Nayeri

Readings for the Episode:Jasmin DarznikThe Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden LifeSong of a Captive Bird***Dina NayeriA Teaspoon of Earth and SeaRefugeThe Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell YouThe ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’, April 4, 2017, The Guardian 

Others: Forugh Forrokhzad

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Aug 08 2019

1hr 12mins

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22: Space is the Place: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and Mary Anne Mohanraj on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and science fiction writer Mary Anne Mohanraj talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and how space exploration has been rendered in images, nonfiction, and fiction. What has been erased from the history of space exploration, and what might the future hold?

Guests:Jonathan Fetter-VormMary Anne Mohanraj

Readings for the Episode:

By Jonathan Fetter-VormMoonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War“To the Moon, but Not Back: You might be surprised what humans left behind on the lunar surface,” The New York Times, July 19, 2019By Mary Anne MohanrajLinks to Mary Anne Mohanraj’s Jump Space stories, minus The Stars Change:The Stars ChangeOthers:Carrying the Fire by Michael CollinsHidden Figures by Margot ShetterlyThe Right Stuffby Tom WolfeApollo 13  (film)Apollo 13 by James Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger“To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias,” by Mary Robinette KowalMary Robinette Kowal on Twitter about peeing in space“Captain Marvel,” (film)“Star Wars (A New Hope)” (film)

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Jul 25 2019

1hr 8mins

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21: The Military in a Time of Trump: Elliot Ackerman and Anuradha Bhagwati on the Armed Services Past and Future

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelist Elliot Ackerman and memoirist Anuradha Bhagwati talk about how the military has—and hasn’t—changed during Donald Trump’s time as Commander in Chief. They also discuss their own experiences as Marines, the history of the American military, and how its future may affect the country and the world.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:Elliot AckermanAnuradha Bhagwati

Readings for the Episode:Waiting for Eden: a novel, by Elliot Ackerman Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning, by Elliot Ackerman Dark at the Crossing: A Novel, by Elliot Ackerman Green on Blue: A Novel, by Elliot Ackerman Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience, by Anuradha Bhagwati What to Make of Military Endorsements,” by Elliot Ackerman, The New Yorker, Sept. 8, 2016 “A Former Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military,” by V. V. Ganeshananthan, The New York Times, April 21, 2019 The Good Lieutenant, by Whitney Terrell“Donald Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ Was Not a Complete Authoritarian Nightmare,” by Joshua Keating, July 4, 2019, Slate.comFields of Fire by Jim WebbThe Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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Jul 11 2019

1hr 10mins

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20: A Court Supreme: Irin Carmon and Jay Wexler on Writing About SCOTUS and Justice in Fiction and Nonfiction

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, New York Magazine senior correspondent Irin Carmon (co-author of Notorious RBG) and novelist and Boston University law professor Jay Wexler (author of Tuttle in the Balance) talk about news coverage and fictional depictions of the Supreme Court. How partisan is the Court becoming? Why use humor to write fiction about the nine Justices? Ruth Bader Ginsburg was Vladimir Nabokov’s student—what effect has this had on her writing, and how are she and other liberal justices contending with their Trump-appointed colleagues?

Guests:

●     Irin Carmon

●     Jay Wexler

Readings for the Episode:

●     Irin Carmon’s archive at New York Magazine

●     “Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas Are Officially at War Over Abortion,” The Cut, May 28, 2019, by Irin Carmon

●     “The big cases: Here are the U.S. Supreme Court’s most consequential cases in its current term, which runs from Oct. 2018 to June 2019.” By Han Huang, Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung, Reuters Graphics

●     Tuttle in the Balance, by Jay Wexler

●     The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories, by Jay Wexler

●     Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburgby Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

●     Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

●     Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Lifeby Jay Wexler

●     Ari Richter, artist

●     “The Census Case Is Shaping Up to Be the Biggest Travesty Since Bush v. Gore, by Richard L. Hasen, Slate, June 25, 2019

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Jun 27 2019

1hr 10mins

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19: Podcasting Pro Tips and Jonny Diamond on Creating LitHub Radio

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan share how they started the podcast, and offer podcasting tips with some help from friends who host their own shows. Then LitHub.com editor-in-chief Jonny Diamond speaks about the launch of LitHub Radio and his five-year anniversary as LitHub.com’s content czar, as well as his own writing.

To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below.

Guests:

●     Jonny Diamond

●     Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, David Naimon, Zahir Janmohamed, and Connor Stratton (via AWP)

Readings for the Episode:

●     The Power of Facebook: How Big is Too Big? Alexis C. Madrigal and Alexander Chee on the Darker Side Social Media, Fiction/Non/Fiction Episode 3, Season 1

●     What Facebook Did to American Democracy by Alexis C. Madrigal

●     The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

●     Exploring What an Interruption is in Conversation, by Katherine Hilton, Stanford University Doctoral Student

●     How Luminary’s Messy Debut Ended Up Roiling the Podcast Industry, Vulture

●     Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime by Jonny Diamond, Longreads

●     Close Talking: A Poetry Podcast hosted by Connor Stratton and Jack Rossiter-Munley     

●     #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hosted by Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh

●     Between the Covers hosted by David Naimon

●     The Racist Sandwich Podcast hosted by Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed

●     The Maris Review hosted by Maris Kreizman

●     Otherppl hosted by Brad Listi

●     Slate's Political Gabfest hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz

●     So Many Damn Books hosted by Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard

●     538 Politics Podcast hosted by Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team

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Jun 13 2019

1hr 12mins

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18: Slouching Toward Gilead: Anjali Enjeti and Lacy Johnson on the new anti-abortion laws

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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Anjali Enjeti and Lacy Johnson speak with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about recent news and legislation about abortion, as well as its depiction in literature and film.

Guests:

●      Lacy Johnson

●      Anjali Enjeti

Readings for the Episode:

●      “Is Masculinity a Terrorist Ideology? Lacy Johnson on Rachel Louise Snyder and the Ways We Name Violence,” on LitHub

●      The Reckonings by Lacy Johnson

●      “Governor Kemp Is Turning Georgia Into Gilead,” by Anjali Enjeti in Dame Magazine, April 1, 2019

●      “Borderline,” by Anjali Enjeti, from Prime Number Magazine No. 79

●      Abortion Bans: 8 States Have Passed Bills to Limit the Procedure This Year

●      “Embryos Don’t Have Hearts,” by Katie Heaney●      Invisible Sisters by Jessica Handler

●      Dirty Dancingdir. Emile Ardolino (1987)

●      The Mothers by Brit Bennett

●      The Cider House Rules by John Irving

●      Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

●      “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway from Men Without Women

●      Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” from “The Girl’s” Point of View by Rachel Klein from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, July 21, 2017

●      “Missouri could become first US state without an abortion clinic,” by Jessica Glenza, May 28, The Guardian.

●      “The Real Origins of the Religious Right” by Randall Balmer in Politico Magazine May 27, 2014

●      Gwendolyn Brooks, “the mother

●      Pro, by Katha Pollitt

●      The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

●      Our Bodies, Ourselves

●      “An Abortion That Saved My Life,” by Susan Ito, in Refinery 29, January 22, 2015.

●      The Bible

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May 30 2019

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By Czar1225 - Aug 05 2019
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I have really enjoyed the episodes this summer. Great topics and guests. Nice work.

Awesome and Interesting

By kate88books - May 07 2019
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Intelligent conversations about current events, and literature and the connections between them.