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BOOKS ∙ WORKSHOPS ∙ PODCAST

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BOOKS ∙ WORKSHOPS ∙ PODCAST

iTunes Ratings

164 Ratings
Average Ratings
148
5
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3

Reading Rainbows

By Mindspray - Nov 01 2019
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Great chats with authors I’ve mostly never heard of. Still a worthy time passer.

Fav new podcast

By Scott Mcclanahan - Aug 09 2018
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The Catherine Lacey episode was phenomenal.

iTunes Ratings

164 Ratings
Average Ratings
148
5
5
3
3

Reading Rainbows

By Mindspray - Nov 01 2019
Read more
Great chats with authors I’ve mostly never heard of. Still a worthy time passer.

Fav new podcast

By Scott Mcclanahan - Aug 09 2018
Read more
The Catherine Lacey episode was phenomenal.
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Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

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BOOKS ∙ WORKSHOPS ∙ PODCAST

Rank #1: Richard Powers : The Overstory

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“This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It’s not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it’s a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.”—Bill McKibben

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #2: Celeste Ng : Little Fires Everywhere

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“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope:  how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting?  Is motherhood a […]

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Oct 05 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: Sheila Heti : Motherhood

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“This book is going to change how we think about life and women forever; like ancient Greek philosopher level of describing reality in a way that creates it. So, go or don’t go, read the book or don’t—either way your life will be changed by this thinker. I’m being serious here.”—Miranda July “This inquiry into […]

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Jun 01 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #4: George Saunders : Tenth of December

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“George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read All Year,” declared the cover of the New York Times Magazine several weeks ago. Since then, the world has rushed to agree that Saunders’ new story collection, Tenth of December, is a remarkable literary achievement. “George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god—and […]

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Feb 14 2013

29mins

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Rank #5: Ursula K. Le Guin : Late in the Day

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Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new collection of poems (2010–2014) seeks meaning in an ever-connected world, giving voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological. As […]

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Apr 20 2016

54mins

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Rank #6: Carmen Maria Machado : Her Body and Other Parties

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“Cross-pollinating fairy tales, horror movies, TV shows, & a terrific sense of humor, Machado’s work reminds me at different times of such wildly divergent figures as David Lynch, Jane Campion, Maggie Nelson, & Grace Paley; which is a way of saying, Machado sounds like nobody but herself.”—John Powers, NPR “Fresh Air” “The book abounds with […]

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Feb 01 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #7: Zadie Smith : Grand Union

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Grand Union is an unusual creature, combining all the experimental exuberance of a writer discovering a form with the technical prowess of one at the height of her abilities. The result is exhilarating. Between the covers of one book, readers will find such disparate forms as allegory, parable, speculative thriller and satire, as well as shorter incarnations of Smith’s characteristic social comedy . . . Smith’s voracious intellect is on full display.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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Oct 21 2019

54mins

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Rank #8: Ursula K. Le Guin : Steering The Craft

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Ursula K. Le Guin believes we cannot restructure society without restructuring the English language, and thus her book on the craft of writing inevitably engages class, gender, race, capitalism, and morality, all of which are not separate from grammar, punctuation, tense, and point of view for Le Guin. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of […]

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Oct 01 2015

58mins

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Rank #9: Jonathan Lethem : Dissident Gardens

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Jonathan Lethem is a man of many lives. For one, because of his repeated return to New York as both setting and muse in novels such as Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City, he may be New York’s closest thing to having a bard. But Lethem is known as well for his genre […]

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Oct 02 2013

36mins

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Rank #10: Viet Thanh Nguyen : The Sympathizer

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It is April 1975 and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start […]

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Apr 29 2015

41mins

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Rank #11: Lorrie Moore : Bark

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Harper’s Magazine may have said it best when describing today’s guest, Lorrie Moore: “Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore.” Over the course of the […]

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Apr 23 2014

39mins

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Rank #12: Ted Chiang : Exhalation

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“Ted Chiang has no contemporary peers when it comes to the short story form. His name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Carver, Poe, Borges, and Kafka. Every story is a universe. Every story is a diamond. You will inhale Exhalation in a single, stunned sitting, because true genius doesn’t come along nearly […]

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Jul 01 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: Jeff Vandermeer : Borne

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“Here is the story about biotech that VanderMeer wants to tell, a vision of the nonhuman not as one fixed thing, one fixed destiny, but as either peaceful or catastrophic, by our side or out on a rampage as our behavior dictates—for these are our children, born of us and now to be borne in […]

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May 23 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: Layli Long Soldier : Whereas

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“Long Soldier reminds readers of their physical and linguistic bodies as they are returned to language through their mouths and eyes and tongues across the fields of her poems.”—Natalie Diaz for The New York Times Book Review “Layli Long Soldier’s movement between collective and personal makes this book intimate and urgent. She has charted new […]

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Dec 02 2018

1hr 53mins

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Rank #15: China Miéville : Embassytown

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Science fiction and fantasy writer China Miéville has won nearly every award in the genre and has caught the attention of mainstream publications from the New York Times to the Guardian with the depth of his imagination and the height of his erudition. David Naimon interviews him about his new, much anticipated book, Embassytown. “Embassytown is a […]

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Jul 21 2011

28mins

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Rank #16: David Mitchell : The Bone Clocks

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“No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience . . . In his sixth novel, he’s brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the […]

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Oct 01 2014

46mins

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Rank #17: Helen Oyeyemi : Boy, Snow, Bird

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d […]

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Mar 27 2014

30mins

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Rank #18: Jami Attenberg : The Middlesteins

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For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart for one reason: Edie’s enormous girth. She’s obsessed with food–thinking about it, eating it—and if she doesn’t stop, she won’t have much longer to live. With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, […]

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Aug 08 2013

34mins

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Rank #19: Maggie Nelson : The Argonauts

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An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family. Maggie Nelson binds her personal experience, the story of her relationship with the fluidly-gendered artist Harry Dodge, to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. The Argonauts […]

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Jul 29 2015

54mins

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Rank #20: Justin Torres : We The Animals

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Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres. His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed. Esquire called it a “knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape.” Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, with work in the […]

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Nov 03 2011

25mins

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E. J. Koh : The Magical Language of Others

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“In The Magical Language of Others, E. J. Koh writes of the boundary between anonymity and naming, between absence and abandonment, between cruelty and safety for four generations of mothers and daughters, each speaking with an occupied heart and crossing narrative borders between Korea, Japan, and America. As a reader, you give yourself over to her narrative territory and the resetting of the borders of lineage, language, and lives lost.” —Shawn Wong

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Jan 13 2020

1hr 38mins

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Karthika Naïr : Until the Lions : Echoes from the Mahabharata

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“In this retelling of the Mahabharata from the point of view of its hitherto minor female characters, Karthika Naïr uncovers a seminal feminist text. Until the Lions makes dazzling use of concrete verse and surreptitious rhyme to tell a story you think you know. By poem’s end you understand, with gratitude, that you know nothing and the old world has been made new. This is nervy and accomplished poetry. Listen.” —Jeet Thayil

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Jan 06 2020

1hr 52mins

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CAConrad : Resurrect Extinct Vibration

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“CAConrad always argues (from the inside of their poems) for a poetry of radical inclusivity while keeping a very queer shoulder to the wheel. Their kind of queerness strikes me as nonpolarizing, not intentionally but because of the fullness of their exposition, a kind of gigantism that seems to me to be most deeply informed by love, and a tenderness for the ravages and tumult of existence.” —Eileen Myles

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Dec 16 2019

1hr 59mins

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Daniel José Older : The Book of Lost Saints

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“Older’s spellbinding novel is a fever dream full of magic and loss, wickedness and grace, faith and love, spirit and power.” —Marlon James;  “A lyrical, beautiful, devastating, literally haunting journey of assimilation, resistance, and family. Older just gets better and better.” —N.K. Jemisin

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Dec 01 2019

1hr 42mins

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Jake Skeets : Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

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“Jake Skeets takes us to ‘The Indian Capital of the World,’ a landscape of erosion and erasure, where ‘boys only hold boys / like bottles’ and eros is a dangerous thing. In the brush and horseweed, ghosts and trains and abandoned trailers, a young Diné attempts to answer all the question marks of adolescence and early adulthood, desire and death commingling around him. These are poems born of unspokenness, testing the limits of language, love, and silence.”―D. A. Powell

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Nov 20 2019

1hr 50mins

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Tin House Live : ‘Writing Towards Joy’ Panel : Kelly Link, Garth Greenwell, Justin Torres

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Recorded on the final day of the 2019 Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, the panel “On Writing Towards Joy” ended the week on a high note.  Moderated by Tin House Assistant Books Editor Elizabeth DeMeo, panelists Kelly Link, Garth Greenwell, and Justin Torres unpack a rarely discussed topic. How does one create joy on the page, in the reader? What are the craft questions and existential ones regarding joy? And what exactly is joy and to what ends should it be pursued?

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Nov 12 2019

36mins

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Richard Powers : The Overstory

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“This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It’s not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it’s a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.”—Bill McKibben

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 30mins

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Zadie Smith : Grand Union

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Grand Union is an unusual creature, combining all the experimental exuberance of a writer discovering a form with the technical prowess of one at the height of her abilities. The result is exhilarating. Between the covers of one book, readers will find such disparate forms as allegory, parable, speculative thriller and satire, as well as shorter incarnations of Smith’s characteristic social comedy . . . Smith’s voracious intellect is on full display.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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Oct 21 2019

54mins

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Tin House Live : Readings : Garth Greenwell, Michelle Tea, Kaveh Akbar

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Recorded at the 2019 Tin House Summer Writers Workshop at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, today’s episode is a medley of readings from three different nights. Garth Greenwell reads from his upcoming novel Cleanness (FSG January 2020), Michelle Tea  from her novel-in-progress, Little Faggot, and Kaveh Akbar the short and long poems “Vines” and “The Palace” respectively.

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Oct 16 2019

59mins

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Rob Schlegel : In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps

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“Rob Schlegel has a voice you’d follow into the dark woods, knowing full well it’s hard, awful, daily, plain, living truth you’re running toward. The speaker in this book is a heartbreaker of a storyteller—a synesthesiac of mixed feelings, bad news, and wordsmithery. I feel known, caught out, believed in, vulnerable, when I read this book.”—Brenda Shaughnessy, judge, Iowa Poetry Prize

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Oct 02 2019

2hr 1min

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Tin House Live : Revision Panel : R.O. Kwon, Karen Shepard, Danielle Evans, Jamel Brinkley

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“Finding the Life of the Story: Vision & Revision” was recorded at the 2019 Tin House Summer Writers Workshop. Panelists Karen Shepard, Danielle Evans, R.O. Kwon and Jamel Brinkley talk strategies to draft and revise. Moderated by David Naimon, host of Between the Covers.

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Sep 25 2019

48mins

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Xuan Juliana Wang : Home Remedies

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“Filled with characters who mirror the chaos and anxiety, exhilaration and despair, desire and fear of the world around them, Home Remedies offers searing portraits of millennial Chinese immigrants. . . . Wang’s shimmering words offer proof that even the most mundane of these lives have the potential to become something extraordinary. . . .  A great, […]

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Sep 18 2019

1hr 31mins

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Ayşe Papatya Bucak : The Trojan War Museum

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“These are stories that reflect the author’s Turkish heritage and a curiosity about our human search for meaning as profound as it is lyrical. The stories are music. They beguile and illuminate with narratives about yearning and desire, circumstance and courage, resilience and discovery.”—NPR

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Sep 04 2019

1hr 43mins

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Brandon Shimoda : The Grave on the Wall

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“If someone asked me what a poet’s history might look and read like, I would say Brandon Shimoda’s The Grave on the Wall. It is part dream, part memory, part forgetting, part identity. It is a remarkable exploration of how citizenship is forged by the brutal US imperial forces—through slave labor, forced detention, indiscriminate bombing, historical […]

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Aug 15 2019

1hr 49mins

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Elvia Wilk : Oval

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“J. G. Ballard meets William Gibson meets Jeff VanderMeer. Oval is an up-to-the-minute story about the twilight zones of corporate design, aesthetics, pharmacy, and bioengineering, where there’s nothing consultants won’t break in the quest for ‘innovation.’ What could possibly go wrong? Find out in Elvia Wilk’s crisp and stylish debut book.”—McKenzie Wark

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Aug 01 2019

1hr 41mins

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Max Porter : Lanny

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“In Lanny Max Porter has expanded on his innovative hybrid mode while remaining faithful to our species-wide tradition of storytelling through myth, magic, and parable, but also through the harrowing minutiae of being alive in the trying hours of a small town ruptured by loss. The result is a powerful yet tender reclamation of the imagination, love, […]

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Jul 15 2019

1hr 50mins

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Ted Chiang : Exhalation

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“Ted Chiang has no contemporary peers when it comes to the short story form. His name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Carver, Poe, Borges, and Kafka. Every story is a universe. Every story is a diamond. You will inhale Exhalation in a single, stunned sitting, because true genius doesn’t come along nearly […]

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Jul 01 2019

1hr 10mins

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Miriam Toews : Women Talking

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“An astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I’ve read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a […]

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Jun 12 2019

1hr 34mins

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Sophia Shalmiyev : Mother Winter

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“Shalmiyev stubbornly, brilliantly pursues loss in this psycho-geography of immigration, grief displacement, and damage. A mother herself, Shalmiyev’s narrator channels the ghosts of Dorothy Richardson, Anaïs Nin, Frances Farmer and the sad, bad stories of Aileen Wuornos and Amy Fisher, who could never be the right kind of girls. Like the great modernist writers, Shalmiyev writes from, not […]

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Jun 03 2019

1hr 49mins

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Morgan Parker : Magical Negro

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“Morgan Parker’s latest collection, Magical Negro, is a riveting testimony to everyday blackness. . . . It is wry and atmospheric, an epic work of aural pleasures and personifications that demands to be read—both as an account of a private life and as searing political protest.”—Glory Edim, Time Magazine

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May 14 2019

1hr 57mins

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iTunes Ratings

164 Ratings
Average Ratings
148
5
5
3
3

Reading Rainbows

By Mindspray - Nov 01 2019
Read more
Great chats with authors I’ve mostly never heard of. Still a worthy time passer.

Fav new podcast

By Scott Mcclanahan - Aug 09 2018
Read more
The Catherine Lacey episode was phenomenal.