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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

So Many Damn Book‪s‬ Christopher Hermelin + Drew Broussard

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    • 4.7 • 211 Ratings

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

    156: Reading Snapshot, February 2020

    156: Reading Snapshot, February 2020

    It happens to all of us, at one point or another, and there's no shame in admitting it: Christopher's in a reading slump. So the guys talk about it, about the latest pandemic wall, about finding joy whenever and wherever a person can. It's a reading snapshot, but sometimes that means there isn't any reading! There isn't even a regular cocktail this time, which you know means we're getting down to Business.
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    • 33 min
    155: Jenny Offill (WEATHER) & Jean Rhys' WIDE SARGASSO SEA

    155: Jenny Offill (WEATHER) & Jean Rhys' WIDE SARGASSO SEA

    Jenny Offill, author of Weather (now out in paperback) joins the Damn Library through the internet tubes. Christopher makes a second drink for the book (after he and his wife Sarah discussed it during one of the early pandemic eps), there's talk of How Things Have Changed and the writing process, and Jenny sends us to warmer climes with her book club pick: Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea!
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    154: Mateo Askaripour (BLACK BUCK) & Sam Greenlee's THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR

    154: Mateo Askaripour (BLACK BUCK) & Sam Greenlee's THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR

    The guys get caffeinated, distantly, with Mateo Askaripour to talk about his fantastic debut novel, Black Buck. They chat about telling your own story even if someone else is telling a similar one, about weaving life into art, and about how fiction is more fun than non-fiction. Plus, an out-of-print classic for Book Club that deserves to be brought back: Sam Greenlee's The Spook Who Sat by the Door. 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    153: George Saunders (A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN) & Leo Tolstoy's MASTER AND MAN

    153: George Saunders (A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN) & Leo Tolstoy's MASTER AND MAN

    Guess who zooms in this time? It's George Saunders himself, certified MacArthur Genius, launching his new book about writing and Russian short story masters, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life. Christopher and Drew ask him about what teaching taught him about writing, how he keeps the world fresh, and what he'd like to do if he weren't a writer, along with what a master Tolstoy was. Na Zdorovie!
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    152: Top 9**‡ of 2020

    152: Top 9**‡ of 2020

    Christopher and Drew hash out their agreed upon top 5 of the year, and then throw out two additional titles each. Lists are weird.
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    • 33 min
    Minisode: Opening Presents and The Week Between

    Minisode: Opening Presents and The Week Between

    Christopher and Drew hang out and talk what they got up to for the holiday, open their annual presents to one another, and talk about why Goodreads is probably fine, amongst other bookish subjects.
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

grzebra ,

Well done

I’ve never really gotten into podcasts. Finally, after finding a short-lived book podcast that I really liked, I tried to find more. I was not very successful.

But THIS ONE! This one is good! I appreciate that the guys actually know what they are talking about, approach things in a vaguely (but not not overly-) intellectual manner, and give their guest authors space to steer the conversation. I like the variety of guests that they host as well as the episodes that don’t have any guests, when they do book recommendations and lists. Also, it has a sense of humor, and a refreshing lack of vocal fry. Great work!

Oh, also, cocktails. I’m a bartender (or was until Covid) and I really enjoy hearing what they come up with.

G.Presser ,

Excellent Podcast!

If you’re on the hunt for new reading material, or want to hear some fantastic discussions with authors about their works, then you’ll really get down on this podcast. I get a sizable chunk of my reading list from Christopher and Drew’s suggestions. Highly recommend!

Jaybraham Lincoln ,

My favourite booky podcast

I’m English, so yes, this is how you spell favourite... but this podcast is a lovely balance of a welcoming format, two very passionate hosts, some incredibly talented guests, and not a hint of pretension. It’s turned me on to a number of books I love that might not have been on my radar. Thanks guys!

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