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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
Rank #1: Harold Bloom: The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible.
Harold Bloom passed away last week. An admired literary critic who endorsed the Western canon, a long-standing Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, his absence is a significant cultural loss. Bookworm pays him tribute with an archival interview conducted in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. A discussion officially about the great King James translation of the Old and New Testaments. But when you talk with Harold Bloom, you talk about everything—politics, poetry, teaching, aging, reading and ultimately, respect.Harold Bloom The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible
Rank #2: Toni Morrison: Beloved.
From the archives, a highly resonate conversation with Toni Morrison about transfiguring love, as portrayed in her novel Beloved. Although Beloved is set after the American Civil War, it deals with a serious modern problem: trying to love oneself and another human being at the same time; love under duress, and the consequences of distorted love. This episode followed the filmic adaptation of Beloved, but Morrison discusses the depths of a book that a film cannot touch.
a weekly radio program hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and co-host Marrie Stone, on the art and business of writing. More on the show, writers, and writing at penonfire.com. Follow us on Twitter @WOWkuciFM and Facebook at Writers on Writing KUCI-FM.
Rank #1: Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM.
Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.Download audio.(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)
Rank #2: Walter Mosley, with his new book Elements of Fiction, on KUCI-FM.
Walter Mosley, author of the new book on writing, Elements of Fiction, and 40 other books, mostly novels, talks with Barbara about plotting (or not), rewriting, writing for TV, MFA programs, and much more.Download audio.(Broadcast date: Nov. 6, 2019)
First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.
Rank #1: First Draft - Chuck Palahniuk.
Chuck Palahniuk is the author of novels, novellas, graphic novels, journalism, essays, and even a coloring book. He is best known for his 1996 novel Fight Club. His new novel is called Adjustment Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: First Draft - Dani Shapiro.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”. Her newest memoir is called Hourglass. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi.
Rank #1: Episode 409 — Tony Tulathimutte.
Tony Tulathimutte is the guest. His debut novel, Private Citizens, is available now from William Morrow. Had a good time talking with Tony. He's a smart guy. I feel like he has a lot of intensity to him. There's a coiled intensity thing happening. He doesn't miss much. He had a hard childhood. We talk about that. His novel has gotten the kinds of reviews that debut authors dream about. It's a promising beginning to a career. We talk about that, too. We talk about a lot of stuff. In today's monologue, I experiment with a groundbreaking new broadcasting technique and share a short conversation I had with Bud Smith, whose novella, I'm From Electric Peak, is the official April pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Episode 587 — Bret Easton Ellis.
Bret Easton Ellis is the guest. His new essay collection, White, is available from Knopf.Ellis is the author of six novels, including Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, and American Psycho, and a collection of stories, which have been translated into thirty-two languages. He lives in Los Angeles and is the host of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast, available on Patreon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Producer Helena de Groot explores the diverse world of contemporary poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
Rank #1: A Presence in the Sky.
Fanny Howe gives away the secret to being cavalier and brave.
Rank #2: The Garden We Share.
Ross Gay finds joy in life that outlives us.
A weekly podcast about books, writing, reading, and raccoons. Hosted by Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, editors at Barrelhouse Magazine and authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. Winner of a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. You don't need to read the books to enjoy the show!
Rank #1: Ep 248: Fall of Finales, Flannery O'Connor.
This week we're reading the last published story by Flannery O'Connor, "Parker's Back," which she apparently wrote while in the hospital. We talk about the story itself, O'Connor's humor--which she maintained even in her final weeks--and her lifelong wrestling match with Catholicism. In the second half of the show, we bring back an old segment, in which we look at some academic writing about the story we read, and try to see if we can make heads or tails of it. If you like the show, please consider subscribing to our Patreon, which helps offset our costs and allows us to keep doing the podcast each week. In exchange for $5, you'll also get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we explore some of the weirder reaches of the literary universe: Amish mysteries, caveman romances, end-times thrillers and more!
Rank #2: Ep 250: Fall of Finales, Ernest Hemingway.
This week we continue our Fall of Finales season, in which we read and discuss the last published work of various authors. The Strand Magazine recently published a previously unpublished Ernest Hemingway story, written in the last decade of his life. It's called "A Room on the Garden Side," and is a semi-autobiographical piece about his time as an irregular soldier in WWII in Paris. In the second half of the show, we talk about last meals. Where did the tradition of giving death-row prisoners a final "special" meal come from? And how does it actually work in practice? If you like the show, please consider subscribing to our Patreon, which helps offset our costs and allows us to keep doing the podcast each week. In exchange for $5, you'll also get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we explore some of the weirder reaches of the literary universe: Amish mysteries, caveman romances, end-times thrillers and more!
The Writing University podcast features recordings of illuminative craft talks from the renown writers, novelists, poets, and essayists who present at the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series during the University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Rank #1: Episode 69: John Dalton—Ten Ways of Thinking about Character.
All good fiction is built around a writer’s fascination with made-up people. And as practicing writers, we’re well aware that our characters should be more than “talking heads”; they should have depth and range and complexity. But how does this happen? Part of it—the unteachable part—has to do with our own self-awareness. We understand our own flaws, contradictions, and virtues so well that we begin to understand people who are not ourselves. But another part comes down to technique. In this Eleventh Hour, John Dalton presents an array of helpful rules, suggestions, craft examples, and innovative ideas. Some of the ideas are John’s, but others have been harvested from a diverse range of writers: Gustave Flaubert, Emily St. John Mandel, Joyce Carol Oates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One example of vivid characterization comes from the life of a Titanic survivor.
Rank #2: Episode 50: Mary Allen -- Harnessing Time: The Key to Writing.
One of the biggest challenges, and imperatives, of writing is finding the time—making time—to sit down and do it. It’s something like that moment in the movie Field of Dreams, where a mysterious voice says to Kevin Costner, If you build it they will come. Except that in the case of writing, ‘building it’ means not creating a ballpark to attract ghostly baseball giants, but creating a little window of time in which to write. We can’t make the writing come to us, but if we make a space for it in our day, it will inevitably show up. And if we don’t make space for it, writing definitely won’t come. Mary Allen will share her experiences and struggles with finding time to write, and will pass along the workable solutions she’s arrived at over the years.
The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.
Rank #1: sam sax reads “Prayer for the Mutilated World”.
The editors discuss sam sax's poem “Prayer for the Mutilated World” from the September 2018 issue of Poetry.
Rank #2: Natalie Eilbert Reads “Mediastinum”.
The editors discuss Natalie Eilbert’s poem “Mediastinum” from the May 2019 issue of Poetry.
A podcast for all writers (aspiring to professional) looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.
Rank #1: The Power of a Writers' Group - WN 035.
One thing I always want to stress in the Write Now podcast is the fact that you are not alone. Despite what you might feel, despite what you might what (or think you want), you're not alone. This is important. And it's the focus of Episode 035 of the Write Now podcast. Before we begin, a quick note that I've made it easier than ever before to support the work I do with the Write Now podcast with my new Tip Jar! :D OK. Enough of that. Let's begin...Starting a great writers' group -- or making your current writers' group even better.Podcast listener Laura emailed me with some questions about best practices for writers' groups:I wondered if you would consider doing a podcast on good practices for a writing group? Do you have any suggestions based on your experience? Exercises and activities? Resources? Pitfalls to avoid?Great questions, Laura. And YES! I have experience with both successful and failed writing groups, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with you.Different types of writing groups.Writer-Specific GroupsWhat type of writers' group do you want to have? Writing groups that focus on a specific type of writer can include groups for mystery writers, women, veterans suffering from PTSD, sci-fi writers, poets, dissertation students, adolescents, and tons more. You could also simply just have an umbrella group for people who love to write, regardless of what they're writing.The Spectrum of Groups: From Encouraging to CritiquingWhat do you want your writers' group to do for the folks who join (including yourself)? I've been part of writers' groups that are 75% critique and 25% encouragement, and groups that are 90% encouragement and 10% critique (if that). Each offers different benefits. Critique-heavy writers' groups will help you develop your skills as a writer, and improve your manuscript (or whatever you happen to be working on) as well as your editing and critiquing skills. They are also great if you want to get better at reading your work in front of others. Encouraging writers' groups can tend to be a bit more laid-back -- they are places of social inspiration and discussion, and can equip you with the energy and encouragement you need to go home and write up a storm. Both will give you community and fellowship with like-minded writers, and can help you make both friends and the important connections you need to be successful.Group Size, Dynamic, & MoreYou'll want a group that's neither too large nor too small. I recommend the sweet spot of 4-8 regular participants. There's also the dynamic to consider. I've been in writers' groups where one person is just a really bad fit (perhaps better described as a toxic personality), and we've had to find a way to ask them to leave. It's unpleasant, to say the least. If you're beginning your own group, consider carefully whom you'll be inviting. I'm not advising you to act under an exclusive mindset, but rather to carefully consider the cocktail of personalities you're mixing together. You're creating a writers' group, a community, a haven for creatives, a circle of trust. So be intentional about whom you invite.Beware Entrepreneur's DepressionBestselling author and blogger Jeff Goins coined this phrase, and I love it: entrepreneur's depression. Essentially, if you're thinking about starting a writers' group, you're going to have a vision for it. And a vision can be exciting and awesome and amazing. But sometimes, it can also set you up with some unrealistic expectations. Your vision may be (like mine was) incredibly optimistic. I imagined 20, 30, 40 people attending my writers' group in downtown Chicago. I imagined a line out the door of the coffee shop where it was held. But instead, I got one or two people. And often none at all. It was discouraging.
Rank #2: Coffee Break 001: Barbara Kyle.
A truly delightful conversation with the author of the Thornleigh Saga about crafting a real page-turner. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner
Intimate and compelling interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and other artists. Become a Patron & support our growing podcast! www.patreon.com/commonplacepodcast
Rank #1: Episode 76: Ada Limón.
Rachel Zucker speaks with poet Ada Limón about her life as a poet, especially her two most recent books, The Carrying and Bright Dead Things. Limón speaks openly about contests and prizes, money, taboos around performance, her decision to stop trying to have children, writing about secrets, the privilege of being a writer, leaning toward gratitude, pinning the dragon of the mind to the page, writing as a shareable space and a form of connection and so much more.Books by Ada LimónThe Carrying (Milkweed, 2018)Bright Dead Things (Milkweed, 2015)Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed, 2010)lucky wreck (Autumn House, 2006)This Big Fake World (Pearl Poetry Prize series, 2006)Other Relevant LinksThe theory and play of duende by LorcaAdrian Matejka’s One Big SmokeNyorican PoetryEpisode 16: Jericho BrownCD WrightBernadette Mayer’s conversation with Charles BernsteinEpisode 60: Robin Coste LewisRobin Coste Lewis’ acceptance speech for NBAAda Limon’s acceptance speech for NBCCAOne Art by Elizabeth BishopFaint Music by Robert Hass
Rank #2: Episode 18: Terrance Hayes.
Host Rachel Zucker talks with award-winning poet Terrance Hayes about Terrance’s new work, living in New York City, the election, teaching workshop, painting, sharing work with peers, not wanting help, provocation, offensive language, the role of audience, and staying true to oneself. Terrance reads a selection of new poems all titled “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin” to start the conversation. EXTRA MATERIALS FOR EPISODE 18Books by Terrance HayesHow to Be Drawn (Penguin, 2015) Lighthead (Penguin, 2010)Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006)Muscular Music (Re-printed by Carnegie Mellon, 2006)Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002)Other Writers, Artists and Musicians Mentioned in the EpisodeYona HarveyLynn EmanuelAmiri Baraka Patricia SmithDean YoungGertrude SteinEddie MurphyYoung ThugOther Relevant LinksCave Canem
A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.
Rank #1: The Problem We All Still Live With.
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. We are joined by Patricia Williams, to discuss how black girls are silenced, marginalised and abused within American society, an ongoing tragedy with its origins in slavery. Katherine Lewis, the winner of the inaugural TLS/Mick Imlah Poetry Prize, then comes on to read her prize-winning poem, "Memory of An Ocean". For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: Edmund White on Nabokov.
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Thomas Meaney on death (and what to do with the remains) in the West; Professor Amy Knight on how Putin keeps getting away with murder; Edmund White reconsiders Pale Fire, Nabokov's "great gay comic novel", and reads from the novel's opening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.
Rank #1: Workshop 14: Anatomical Historian Alice Dreger.
Alice Dreger is a historian of science, anatomy, and medicine, known for her work studying and advocating for people born with atypical sex disorders. She famously resigned from Northwestern University in protest of academic censorship, and gained some infamy on Twitter for live-tweeting her son's sex education class.We had a delightful chat with her about her writing process in advance of the paperback release of her book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.
Rank #2: Workshop 3: Patti Smith.
Virginia sits down with her idol, rocker and writer Patti Smith.
Interviews with authors and writers about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing.
Rank #1: Meredith Goldstein interview – Episode 83 of the Reading & Writing podcast.
[audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/readingandwritingpodcast/083_Reading_and_Writing_podcast_-_Meredith_Goldstein_interview.mp3] The 83rd episode of the Reading & Writing podcast features an interview with Meredith Goldstein, author of the new novel THE SINGLES. Goldstein also writes Love Letters, a popular love and relationship advice column... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Rank #2: Dean Koontz interview – Episode 165 Reading & Writing podcast.
The 165th episode of the Reading & Writing podcast features an interview with bestselling writer Dean Koontz. Fourteen of Koontz novels have reached number one on the New York Times best seller list. Koontz’s latest novel THE CITY was published this week. Click here to subscribe to the Reading & Writing podcast via iTunes. Click... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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
Rank #1: The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #1.
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.contribute! https://patreon.com/smdbfor drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.commusic: Disaster Magic(https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: 123: Jami Attenberg (ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS) & Sarah Broom's THE YELLOW HOUSE .
Jami Attenberg is in the midst of starting of her book tour when she drops into The Damn Library to discuss her new novel, All This Could Be Yours. We talk about New Orleans, and time, and being a writer online, and how it feels to be on her seventh book, and running a writing prompt in the summer, amongst other things. She brings us Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House and we talk about New Orleans in Broom's context and the project of recent history. It's all happening!Plus an invitation at the end for NYC-local listeners. Stay tuned!contribute! https://patreon.com/smdbfor drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.commusic: Disaster Magic(https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices