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So Many Damn Books

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

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

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157 Ratings
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I'm mad

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

i love you.

By PPGihilmnop - Jun 12 2019
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I came for Stephanie Danler. I stayed for everything else.

iTunes Ratings

157 Ratings
Average Ratings
145
3
3
1
5

I'm mad

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

i love you.

By PPGihilmnop - Jun 12 2019
Read more
I came for Stephanie Danler. I stayed for everything else.
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So Many Damn Books

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

Rank #1: 91: Stephanie Danler (SWEETBITTER on Starz) & Lorrie Moore's ANAGRAMS

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

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

music: Disaster Magic - Get Raining

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May 29 2018
53 mins
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Rank #2: 43: Stephanie Danler & "Bluets"

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

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

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May 31 2016
43 mins
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Rank #3: 1: Dystopia / "Station Eleven"

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  • Introductions
  • Classics Revisited
  • Dystopia
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Parting Recommendations

recorded at the Dr. Doctor studio in Brooklyn, NY.
sound engineer: Luke Wiget

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Oct 20 2014
24 mins
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Rank #4: 93: Top 5 of 2018 (so far) + Summer Reading

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

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Jul 10 2018
18 mins
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Rank #5: 87: Ruth Curry (Emily Books) & Sigrid Nunez's THE FRIEND

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Ruth Curry joins the guys in the Damn Library fresh off her #TOB18 judge-ship to chat about all sorts of things, like balancing her reading life and her work life, what she reads for at Emily Books, and why she has a Tiny Letter. We also get to chattin' about Sigrid Nunez's The Friend, which is a book about academia and dogs, so of course everyone has a lot to say.

music: Disaster Magic - Boston

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Apr 03 2018
44 mins
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Rank #6: 116: #OneBookNY (Patti Smith's JUST KIDS) & Top 6 of 2019 (So Far)

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

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music: Hotel Hiouchi
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Jun 25 2019
35 mins
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Rank #7: 105: Top 6* of 2018

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

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

music: Hotel Hiouchi
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Jan 22 2019
21 mins
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Rank #8: 117: Backlist: Larry McMurtry (LONESOME DOVE)

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Christopher and Drew get into one of Christopher's dear favorite novels, Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, and why Drew just couldn't finish. They also touch on what type of books you want to read in front of an air conditioner, the satisfying design of the NYRB and Spurl Editions, and Drew explains his method for getting rid of 100 books from his shelves.

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

music: Disaster Magic

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Jul 30 2019
43 mins
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Rank #9: 115: Mona Awad (BUNNY) & Rebecca Godfrey's THE TORN SKIRT

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

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music: Disaster Magic
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Jun 11 2019
41 mins
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Rank #10: 55: "Six of Crows" & Top 6 of 2016!

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

15 seconds of a song: Lou Rawls - "Merry Christmas Baby"

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Dec 12 2016
32 mins
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Rank #11: 94: John Hodgman (VACATIONLAND)

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John Hodgman joins the gentlemen in the Damn Library to talk about all sorts of things, from a Borges scholar posing for a picture to reading rehab after being a professional literary agent. A blueberry-based beverage is enjoyed. We talk his new book, Vacationland, as well as his performance career, becoming a character, and lots of other things that will delight and surprise.

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music: Disaster Magic - Late to the Station

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Jul 17 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #12: 82: Top 6 of 2017

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

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

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Jan 30 2018
29 mins
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Rank #13: 67: Elif Batuman & "Swann's Way"

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

15 seconds of a song: Vampire Weekend - Campus

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Jun 06 2017
53 mins
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Rank #14: 45: Top Six of 2016 (so far)

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Christopher and Drew decide it's never too early for list making, and choose six favorites from the year to date (2016). Then they get out their crystal ball and look forward to books coming out for the rest of the year. Summertime reading, awayyyyy!

15 seconds of a song: The Monkees - You Bring the Summer

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Jun 28 2016
17 mins
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Rank #15: 2: Series / "Southern Reach" vs "The Magicians"

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  • Welcome Back
  • Kids Series to Revisit
  • The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer & The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman
  • Parting Recommendations

recorded at the Dr. Doctor studio in Brooklyn, NY.
sound engineer: Luke Wiget

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Nov 03 2014
25 mins
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Rank #16: 100: One Hundred Beloved Books

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For their 100th episode extravaganza, Drew and Christopher put together a list of their 100 most beloved/most meaningful/most important books, contributing 50 each. Listen as they go through (some of) them. They also try a couple new segment ideas! Stay tuned through the whole thing for a very exciting announcement...

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music: Disaster Magic

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Oct 30 2018
53 mins
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Rank #17: 86: Gabe Habash (STEPHEN FLORIDA) & Iris Murdoch's THE NICE AND THE GOOD

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Christopher and Drew wrestle up Gabe Habash to drink, chat, and be merry. Christopher serves everyone a very strange cocktail based on Habash's Stephen Florida, then dive right into the very strange headspace of Mr. Florida. They discuss plot points vs. follow points, Moby Dick, and more, before falling for the dual plots of Iris Murdoch's The Nice and The Good. More Murdoch and much more in general, too!

music: Disaster Magic - Desert Snake and Coconut Crab (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)

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Mar 20 2018
51 mins
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Rank #18: 95: Megan Abbott (GIVE ME YOUR HAND) & Lisa Halliday's ASYMMETRY

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

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music: Disaster Magic

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Jul 31 2018
44 mins
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Rank #19: The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #1

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

A caw-caw to all of you.

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music: Disaster Magic

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Mar 10 2019
11 mins
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Rank #20: 109: Halle Butler (THE NEW ME) & Samuel Beckett's MOLLOY

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Halle Butler joins Christopher and Drew in the Damn Library to discuss her new novel, The New Me, and how she thought of domestic thrillers while she wrote it, and tried to create comedy out of millennial burnout and not having the clearest picture of yourself. Plus, she brings in Samuel Beckett's Molloy, and there's a robust discussion of voice and sucking stones, amongst other subjects. Also, what's that song she's talking about?

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Mar 19 2019
49 mins
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