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

Thank goddess

By gloriaNoto - Jun 01 2018
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A deeply important and needed show

iTunes Ratings

145 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
5
5
2
2

Fav new podcast

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

Thank goddess

By gloriaNoto - Jun 01 2018
Read more
A deeply important and needed show
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MAGAZINE ∙ BOOKS ∙ WORKSHOPS

Rank #1: 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
54 mins
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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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #5: 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
28 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 53 mins
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Rank #8: Mary Gaitskill : The Mare

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From the author of the National Book Award-nominated Veronica: Mary Gaitskill’s The Mare—the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her. “Gaitskill takes a premise that could have been preachy, sentimental, or simplistic—juxtaposing urban and rural, rich and poor, young and old, […]

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Dec 16 2015
44 mins
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Rank #9: Jon Raymond : Rain Dragon

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Host David Naimon talks with Portland author, Jon Raymond, about his new novel Rain Dragon.  Raymond is the author of the novel The Half-Life, and the short story collection Livability, which won the Oregon Book Award and contained two stories that became the critically acclaimed movies Old Joy and Wendy & Lucy. Jon Raymond was also the screenwriter for the film Meek’s Cutoff and […]

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May 24 2012
29 mins
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Rank #10: Nicole Krauss : Great House

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Host David Naimon speaks with Nicole Krauss about her newest novel Great House, which tells a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children? How do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?  Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction this year. […]

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Dec 14 2010
25 mins
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Rank #11: John Keene : Counternarratives, Playland, and Grind

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“In Counternarratives, John Keene undertakes a kind of literary counterarchaeology, a series of fictions that challenge our notion of what constitutes ‘real’ or ‘accurate’ history. His writing is at turns playful and erudite, lyric and coldly diagnostic, but always completely absorbing. Counternarratives could easily be compared to Borges or Bolaño, Calvino or Kiš.”—Jess Row “Keene’s […]

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Apr 01 2018
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #12: Adam Levin : Hot Pink

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Adam Levin’s debut novel, The Instructions, published by McSweeney’s in 2010, arrived with a lot of buzz. An inventive, experimental book of over 1000 pages, its protagonist was Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee, a 10-year-old genius from Chicago, who may or may not be the Jewish Messiah. Levin’s short stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, and Esquire. He […]

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Jun 14 2012
29 mins
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Rank #13: Forrest Gander : Be With

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“Forrest Gander’s life partner, the poet C.D. Wright, died suddenly a little more than two years ago, and this book is one result or record of the aftermath of that loss. In poems that are utterly naked and bereft, elegies, apologies, could-have-beens, Gander grieves and wonders about what’s left in his life. There is so […]

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Jul 19 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #14: Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

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“Williams’s short precise, & emphatic sentences build a strange society whose denizens are not quite familiar to us & not quite comfortable with their own quietly disturbing evolutions. Not a single moment of the prose here is what you expect, & even the ordinary is, in the context created by Diane Williams, no longer ordinary. […]

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Nov 14 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #15: 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 as often as advertised. This is the real thing.”—Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter

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Jul 01 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #16: Christine Schutt : Pure Hollywood

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“Nobody writes like Schutt . . . and her latest collection is the perfect entry point for readers new to her work . . . In each of the collection’s 11 stories, Schutt gives readers dissipated women staggering to the brink of sanity, desperate men with foggy intentions, and an eerie atmosphere that radiates menace, sexuality, and murder . . . Schutt is always in control in this work by an experimental American writer of unparalleled style.”—Publishers Weekly

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Apr 01 2019
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #17: Catherine Lacey : Certain American States

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“Lacey captures with eerie precision the strangeness of being a person in the world, living alongside other human beings with unknowable thoughts and feelings . . . Reading Lacey’s fiction feels like walking through a dark apartment in someone’s mind, full of winding hallways and unmarked doors. You never know quite where you are or […]

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Aug 07 2018
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #18: 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 Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come.”—Lauren Groff

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Jun 12 2019
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #19: Mary Ruefle : My Private Property

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“Mary Ruefle’s careful, measured sentences sound as if they were written by a thousand-year-old person who is still genuinely curious about the world . . . She combines imagistic techniques from surrealism with narrative techniques to create surprising, high-velocity, and deeply affecting work.”—The Stranger “Mary Ruefle is, in this humble bookseller’s opinion, the best prose-writing […]

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Jul 22 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #20: Marlon James : Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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“Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter’s. It’s as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and […]

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Mar 04 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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