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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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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

173 Ratings
Average Ratings
154
6
5
1
7

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: 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.

contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb

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

music: Hotel Hiouchi

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Jan 22 2019

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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

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Rank #3: 25: Happy Birthday!

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The gentlemen discuss their favorite book they've read for the podcast so far, a few books they'd like to see in the next Tournament of Books, and tell you how to win a copy of City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Amongst other things.

15 seconds of a song: Selena Gomez - Birthday

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Oct 06 2015

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Rank #4: 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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for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com

music: Disaster Magic

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Mar 10 2019

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Rank #5: 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.

contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb

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

music: Disaster Magic - Get Raining

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May 29 2018

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Rank #6: 27: "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl"

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The two nonmaj/muggles discuss Harry Potter spinoffs, whether or not they listen to music when they read, and Carrie Brownstein's memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.

~15 seconds of a song: Sleater-Kinney "The Fox"

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Nov 07 2015

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: 119: Benjamin Dreyer (DREYER'S ENGLISH) & Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

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Random House Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer stops into the Damn Library to talk to Christopher and Drew about his new utterly correct style guide, Dreyer's English, as well as working as a copy chief, the reading life of someone dedicated to books as he is, and which editorial meetings leave him floating. Also, we discuss what his next book will be! Then we get into Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House and if anyone got scared while reading it, plus, what it's like to edit an author who isn't there to correct you. One for the books!

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

music: Disaster Magic

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Aug 27 2019

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Rank #9: 31: Christopher and Drew's Top 6 of 2015

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The damn hosts choose 4 books they loved in 2015, and one book each that the other didn't read/love. Also, one to grow on.

Bye-bye, 2015! You were a year.

15 seconds of a song: The Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye

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Dec 30 2015

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Rank #10: 34: Laura Van Den Berg & "The Naked Eye"

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Laura Van Den Berg stops by the Damn Library to talk about her novel Find Me and Yoko Tawada's The Naked Eye. We also find out what tv show she can't stop repeating, and discuss a lot about getting lost, both physically and in translation. Plus, she talks Tournament of Books - her favorites and who might win!

15 seconds of a song: "Charade" by Si Zentner

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Feb 10 2016

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Rank #11: 118: Mira Jacob (GOOD TALK) & Toni Morrison's SULA

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The night before Toni Morrison passed away, Mira Jacob came by the Damn Library to discuss her new graphic memoir Good Talk and Morrison's Sula. Fueled by tequila and champagne, we get into how playing with paper dolls felt like freedom when compared to writing an essay, and how her son feels about being not-famous, and trying to heal her family through her work. Plus: why Mira reads Sula all the damn time and how Morrison sets your head on fire.

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music: Disaster Magic

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Aug 13 2019

58mins

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Rank #12: 58: Megan Abbott & "Deep Water"

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Other than this sentence, not a single reference to Valentine's Day is in this podcast. Megan Abbott stops by the Damn Library with her newest novel, You Will Know Me. We discuss prodigies and the grit of teenage gymnasts, and then dismount the pommel horse into the quarry of Patricia Highsmith's slow burn suburban thriller, Deep Water. Drinks are consumed, dark jokes abound.

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15 seconds of a song: "Wedding in Finistere" - Jens Lekman

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Feb 14 2017

49mins

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Rank #13: 35: Mark de Silva & "Less than Zero"

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Over a round of Dark and Particularly Stormys, Drew and Christopher have the pleasure of chatting, friendly-like, with Mark de Silva, author of Square Wave, out now from Two Dollar Radio. Jazz is discussed! So is Donna Tartt! And Misogyny! And how Bret Easton Ellis got to be the way he is! And so much more. 

15 seconds of a song: The Beach Boys, "Catch a Wave"

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Feb 24 2016

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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

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Rank #15: 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

42mins

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Rank #16: 23: Vanessa Manko ("The Invention of Exile") & "The English Patient"

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Vanessa Manko drops in to talk about how writing is like dancing, her novel The Invention of Exile's editing journey, and they all discuss The English Patient, and suggest a novel they'd like to see made into a movie.

Fifteen seconds of a song: Fountain's of Wayne, "Mexican Wine"

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Sep 10 2015

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Rank #17: 85: John Darnielle (UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS) & Mathias Énard's Zone

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John Darnielle, lead singer of the Mountain Goats and writer of Universal Harvester and Wolf in White Van, sits down in the Damn Library for a far-ranging conversation covering everything from addiction to translated fiction. They talk about being frightened and why John writes, along with a myriad of other things. John also brings Mathias Énard's one-sentence novel Zone (translated by Charlotte Mandell) to the guys, and they discuss hypnosis and dispel some 90s nostalgia. 

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

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Mar 07 2018

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Rank #18: 51: Hannah Pittard & "I'm Thinking of Ending Things"

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Hannah Pittard stops by the Damn Library to drink a classic cocktail bastardized by a substituted ingredient and discuss her book "Listen to Me" and Iain Reid's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." Dread is discussed, as well as what makes for a good thriller, and Hannah explains why none of anything matters at all! Other fun revelations too!

15 seconds of a song - "Willow Weep for Me" by Muzzy Marcellino

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Oct 03 2016

39mins

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Rank #19: 46: Evan Hanczor & "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

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Evan Hanczor, chef at Egg in Williamsburg, drops by the damn library with Tortilla Espanola and the tale of serving a meal inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The connection of food and fiction is discussed. Drew gets worked up by Hemingway, Christopher eats food to spite characters sometimes. Evan recommends cookbooks, too.

15 seconds of a song: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way

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Jul 18 2016

40mins

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Rank #20: 50: Teddy Wayne & "The Bed Moved"

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Christopher and Drew invite Teddy Wayne to the Damn Library, and he brings along his new "zeitgeist-y" novel, Loner, as well as Rebecca Schiff's short story collection The Bed Moved. The literary reader's intelligence is praised, the drink is overtly symbolic, and technology in fiction is discussed in earnest.

This is our 50th episode! To celebrate, leave us a nice rating on iTunes, and share our show with a close friend!

15 seconds of a song: Reggie and the Full Effect - "Congratulations Smack and Katy" 

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Sep 16 2016

39mins

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