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A weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi.

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A weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi.

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By JJ69420bro - Aug 16 2018
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This podcast makes me really like brad. Listi. Brad listi! Brad dad!!!!!!

Brad is rad.

By Camaples - Oct 22 2017
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Always great conversation with new literary talent. A+

iTunes Ratings

289 Ratings
Average Ratings
265
8
10
1
5

WOW

By JJ69420bro - Aug 16 2018
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This podcast makes me really like brad. Listi. Brad listi! Brad dad!!!!!!

Brad is rad.

By Camaples - Oct 22 2017
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Always great conversation with new literary talent. A+
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Otherppl with Brad Listi

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A weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi.

Rank #1: Episode 587 — Bret Easton Ellis

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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.

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Jul 03 2019

1hr 57mins

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Rank #2: Episode 322 — Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng is the guest. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, is now available from Penguin. 
The New York Times Book Review says
"If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now… Ng has set two tasks in this novel’s doubled heart—to be exciting, and to tell a story bigger than whatever is behind the crime. She does both by turning the nest of familial resentments into at least four smaller, prickly mysteries full of secrets the family members won’t share… What emerges is a deep, heartfelt portrait of a family struggling with its place in history, and a young woman hoping to be the fulfillment of that struggle. This is, in the end, a novel about the burden of being the first of your kind—a burden you do not always survive."
And the LA Times calls it
"[A]n accomplished debut... It's also heart-wrenching. Ng deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. Everything I Never Told You is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together — and that finally end up tearing it apart."
Monologue topics: Halloween, costume parties, ebola, comedy, missed opportunities.

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Oct 19 2014

1hr 14mins

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Rank #3: Episode 317 — Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton

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Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton are the guests. They are the editors of the bestselling book Women in Clothes, which features the work of more than 600 authors, including notables like Cindy Sherman, Lena Dunham, Kim Gordon, and Molly Ringwald.
Kirkus Reviews says
“Poems, interviews, pieces that read like diary or journal entries—all these responses help the editors fulfill their aims: to liberate readers from the idea that women have to fit a certain image or ideal, to show the connection between dress and ‘habits of mind,’ and to offer readers ‘a new way of interpreting their outsides.’ ‘What are my values?’ one woman asks. ‘What do I want to express?’ Those questions inform the multitude of eclectic responses gathered in this delightfully idiosyncratic book.”
And Publishers Weekly says
“Thoughtfully crafted and visually entertaining, this collection, edited by Heti, Julavits, and Shapton, uses personal reflections from 642 contributors to examine women’s relationship with clothes in a deceptively lighthearted and irreverent tone….it also inspires meaningful questions…the prose is spliced with striking visuals…[a] provocative time capsule of contemporary womanhood.”
Monologue topics: nerves, confusion, technology, not talking about literary scandal.
 

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Oct 01 2014

1hr 14mins

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Rank #4: Episode 387 — Eileen Myles

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Eileen Myles is the guest. She has two books out from Ecco, the first of which is a collection of poetry called I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014, and the second of which is a reissue of her novel Chelsea Girls. 
Such a pleasure to have Eileen on the show. I've been wanting to talk with her for a long time and finally it all worked out. I should add that the interview almost didn't happen, because my computer died.  But I managed to get that rectified just in the nick of time. You'll hear me talk about this in the monologue. And if you follow me on Twitter, then you know that in the aftermath of my computer's death I had what can only be described as an epic customer service experience with Apple.
So anyway. Eileen Myles was here at my house. She sat down across from me, and we talked. She's having a moment, as they say. And it's the kind of moment that feels rare and very well-deserved. I feel lucky to have had the chance to talk with her as all of this is happening, and grateful that she gave me an hour of her time. 
In the monologue, as I just mentioned, you'll hear me talk about the death of my computer. And you'll also hear Eileen read a poem.  Which is way better than hearing me talk about the death of my computer.  

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Nov 04 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: Episode 275 — Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison is the guest. Her new collection of essays, entitled The Empathy Exams, is now available from Graywolf Press.
The New York Times Book Review calls it
"Extraordinary and exacting....This capacity for critical thinking, for a kind of cool skepticism that never gives way to the chilly blandishments of irony, is very rare. It's not surprising that Jamison is drawing comparisons to Sontag....There is a glory to this kind of writing that derives as much from its ethical generosity, the palpable sense of stretch and reach, as it does from the lovely vividness of the language itself....It's hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice emerging this year."
And Phillip Lopate, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, says
"[Jamison] writes consistently with passion and panache; her sentences are elegantly formed, her voice on the page intimate and insistent. Always intelligent, self-questioning, willing to experiment with form, daring to engage with the weird and thrust herself into danger spots, a patient researcher and voracious processor of literature and critical theory, she is the complete package: state-of-the-art nonfiction."
Monologue topics: mail, cheering up, the struggle, expressing the subterranean.

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May 07 2014

1hr 21mins

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Rank #6: Episode 532 — Ottessa Moshfegh

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Brad Listi talks with Ottessa Moshfegh, author of the novel MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION (Penguin Press). Moshfegh's first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. She lives in Los Angeles. 

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Jul 11 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: Episode 426 — Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen is the guest. His latest novel, Purity, is available now in trade paperback from Picador. It is the official August selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. In today's monologue, I discuss being in flux. And my dog Walter.

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Aug 10 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #8: Episode 452 — Sarah Manguso

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�Sarah Manguso is the guest. Her new book, 300 Arguments, is available now from Graywolf Press. In today's monologue, I basically just get right to the interview.

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Feb 08 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: Episode 307 — Jim Ruland

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Jim Ruland is the guest. His new novel, Forest of Fortune, is available now from Tyrus Books. It is the official August selection of The TNB Book Club.
The Los Angeles Times calls it
"[A] masterpiece of desperation, delusion and misdeeds.... Ruland...brilliantly taps the fundamental irony of casinos.... A satisfying read."
And Jerry Stahl says
"...[Forest of Fortune] captures the soul and voice of hard-luck, hard-living Americans in a way that conjures up earlier masters like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford. Jim Ruland has an uncanny ability to get inside his characters...."
Monologue topics:  National Geographic, Going Deep, David Rees, Otherppl Premium, dive bars, disillusionment, fetishizing filth. 

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Aug 27 2014

1hr 21mins

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Rank #10: Episode 564 — Brad Phillips

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Brad Phillips is the guest. His new story collection, ESSAYS AND FICTIONS, is available from Tyrant Books.

The late Anthony Bourdain calls it: "Searingly honest, brilliant and disturbing. Brad Phillips peels back the skin and bone and stares right into the human soul." 

Born in 1974, Phillips is also an accomplished visual artist  known for dark work that engages with themes of eroticism, depression, and mortality. His paintings display stylistic breadth, from text-based to photorealist, referring in many cases directly to his daily life. He lives in Toronto.

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Feb 13 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #11: Episode 298 — Stuart Dybek

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Stuart Dybek is the guest. He is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and poetry, including Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, Streets in Their Own Ink, and I Sailed With Magellan.
George Saunders says
"[Stuart Dybek] somehow manages to conjure up beautiful, detailed imitations of real America, and then infuse them with so much surreal truth that they read like myths or fairy tales. Like the Chicago he often writes about, his work is full of genuine sentiment, and edge, and beauty. One of the most soulful writers in America, and a national treasure."
And the Chicago Tribune calls him
"A magician comparable to Eudora Welty and Joy Williams."
Monologue topics:  Episode 300, wondering if it means anything, writing in coffee shops, guilt. 

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Jul 27 2014

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: Episode 401 — Hanya Yanagihara

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Hanya Yanagihara is the guest. Her novel A Little Life was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award, and it is now available in trade paperback from Anchor Books. 
I feel like A Little Life is having the kind of existence that pretty much all writers hope their books will have. It seems to provoke passionate responses. The people who love it really fucking love it and the people who hate it are incensed by it and there are way more people who love it than hate it. You can't ask for much more than that. 
Hanya was only in town for a day and pretty solidly booked but she found an hour to come over and talk with me, and for that I'm grateful. I learned a lot from her. She knows her shit, and she really fought hard for her novel. She fought hard to see her vision of this book realized, and she's protective of it in a way that seems both smart and endearing. Also: it paid off huge. Few works of literary fiction strike a nerve the way this book has struck a nerve. Also: it's 700 pages long and she wrote it in 18 months. Also: she doesn't own a cell phone.  
In today's monologue, I give a quick update on the health of my son and share news about some appearances I'll be making during AWP here in Los Angeles in April. 

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Feb 24 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #13: Episode 506 — Elif Batuman

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Brad Listi talks with Elif Batuman, author of the bestselling debut novel THE IDIOT, available now in trade paperback from Penguin. Batuman's first book, THE POSSESSED (2010), a collection of comic interconnected essays about the pursuit of Russian literature, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2010 and holds a PhD in comparative (mostly Russian) literature from Stanford University.

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Feb 28 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #14: Episode 299 — Dan Chaon

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Dan Chaon is the guest. He is the acclaimed author of several books, including the story collection Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award, Stay Awake, and You Remind Me of Me.
The Boston Globe calls him
"The modern day John Cheever."
And the New York Times Book Review calls his work
"Superbly disquieting."
Monologue topics: complaining, Twitter, robots, simplicity, second-guessing.
 

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Jul 30 2014

1hr 16mins

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Rank #15: Episode 423 — Chuck Klosterman

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Chuck Klosterman is the guest. His new book, But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, is available now from Blue Rider Press. So great to have Chuck on the program. 

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Jul 20 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #16: Episode 392 — Alexandra Kleeman

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Alexandra Kleeman is the guest. Her debut novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, is available now from Harper.
Alexandra is from Boulder, so we have that in common. Not that I'm "from" Boulder, but I did live there for eight years, went to college there, and so on. The feeling I came away with after talking to her is that she's an unusually kind person. She's one of those people who emanates goodness. Just sweet as could be. And behind that sweetness is a really fierce intelligence. Her book has been getting all kinds of raves, and Ben Marcus called it "the fiction of the future" or something along those lines, and he tends to be right about those kinds of things, so...a very promising start to a literary career. And I'm happy I got to talk with Alexandra just as things are getting under way. 
In today's monologue I talk about the holidays. And jury duty. And then at the tail end of the show I talk about some movies I've seen recently.  

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Dec 09 2015

1hr 25mins

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Rank #17: Episode 486 — Chelsea Martin

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Brad Listi talks with Chelsea Martin, author of the essay collection CACA DOLCE: ESSAYS FROM A LOWBROW LIFE, available now from Soft Skull Press. Martin's other books include 'Even Though I Don’t Miss You', which was named one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 by Dazed magazine, and the novel 'Mickey.' Her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Hobart, Lenny Letter, and Vice, and chosen as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is a comic artist and illustrator and currently lives in Washington State.

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Oct 11 2017

1hr 25mins

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Rank #18: Episode 496 — Bud Smith

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Brad Listi talks with author Bud Smith about his new memoir WORK, available from Civil Coping Mechanisms. Smith is a writer from New Jersey who also works heavy construction. His other books include DUST BUNNY CITY (Disorder Press), F250 (Piscataway House), TOLLBOOTH (Piscataway House), EVERYTHING NEON (Marginalia), OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT (Unknown Press), and CALM FACE (House of Vlad). This is Bud's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 373, on July 29, 2015.

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Dec 06 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #19: Episode 397 — Ruth Wariner

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Ruth Wariner is the guest. Her new memoir, The Sound of Gravel, is available now from Flatiron Books. It is the official January selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. 
This is one of the most devastating reading experiences I've had in recent memory.  Ruth Wariner's childhood in LeBaron, a fundamentalist Mormon colony in Mexico, is almost beyond belief. That she was able to survive seems miraculous, and the fact that she has now transmuted the horrors of her youth into a book is, I feel, an act of real heroism. When she showed up at my door, I was a little rattled. I had just finished the book and was still processing it. Ruth and her husband pulled up in front of the house and got out of their rental car and...the word that comes to mind is "sunny." They are sunny people. I feel like Ruth has the right to be ultra-goth and cynical—after what she's been through, it seems like she should be allowed to chain-smoke everywhere she goes, including in hospitals and on airplanes—but that wasn't the sense that I got when I met her—not at all. She sat down in the garage and we talked for an hour about all of it—Mormonism, polygamy, child abuse, the prison of belief, the deep pain of loss, the love of family, time, healing, catharsis, you name it. It was a good hour. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. 
In today's monologue, I recall how I raced to read Ruth's memoir and wound up listening to the audiobook version at double-speed, and what it did to my head. I also pay a little homage to Glenn Frey of The Eagles, yet another Baby Boomer rock icon, gone, it seems, too soon.

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Jan 20 2016

1hr 20mins

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Rank #20: Episode 400 — Alexander Chee

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Alexander Chee is the guest. His new novel, The Queen of the Night, is available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.
Years ago Alex was out in LA and we had a drink and he told me he was working on this novel. It's amazing to see it all come to fruition, to see him on Late Night with Seth Meyers, to see the book reviewed all over the place, to see everybody chattering about it online. Just happy for him. It was a long road from start to finish, but he got there, and we talk about that. We also talk about his late, beloved father, and what an incredible polymath he was, and what it was like to be a mixed race kid growing up in Portland, Maine. We talk about the Iowa Writers Workshop and AIDS activism and what it was like to be in the green room getting ready to appear before a national television audience. And of course we talk opera and historical fiction and The Queen of the Night. 
In today's monologue I talk about 400 episodes and what, if anything, that means. I also give an update on the health of my son.  

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Feb 16 2016

1hr 26mins

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