13 episodes

On Margins is a podcast about making books and "book shaped" things. Hosted by Craig Mod.

On Margins Craig Mod

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

On Margins is a podcast about making books and "book shaped" things. Hosted by Craig Mod.

    W. David Marx — The Culture of Fashion in Japan

    W. David Marx — The Culture of Fashion in Japan

    W. David Marx and I talk about his book Ametora, Japanese culture, and books in translation.
    Full transcript is available online:
    Ametora: How Japan Saved American Fashion AMETORA(アメトラ) 日本がアメリカンスタイルを救った物語 Néojaponisme @wdavidmarx on Twitter A Bathing Ape Takes a Final Bath Brift H shoe shine master David’s recent writing about obscurity in the Internet Age Scarcity Makes the Heart Grow Fonder - early nytimes piece on BAPE, David quoted American Truck Simulator  

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Sam Anderson (Part 2)

    Sam Anderson (Part 2)

    Sam Anderson is back, 10 months later, discussing his 2020 pandemic writing life. We cover his Weird Al essay, his NBA bubble excursion, how closely observing something makes for a wonderful writing exercise, and! we reveal our extremely obvious One Wild Trick to getting everything done in life.
    Show notes:
    Sam Anderson on Twitter Boom Town, Sam Anderson Descript, visual podcast editing “The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic”, Sam Anderson “What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble”, Sam Anderson The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth, Sam Anderson “Watch This Snowball Fight From 1897 for a Jolt of Pure Joy”, Sam Anderson “I Recommend Eating Chips”, Sam Anderson Ursula K. Le Guin (Author) A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin illustrated by t-shirt Audrey Lorde, “Anger is loaded with information and energy." As always, a full transcript is available at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/s02e02/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Sam Anderson (Part 1/2)

    Sam Anderson (Part 1/2)

    Sam Anderson is a New York Times Magazine staff writer and the author of Boom Town, a book about the "great minor city of America" — Oklahoma City. This is part one of a two part interview. We recorded this conversation in March, 2020, just as the first lockdown of the pandemic had gone into effect.
    Sam Anderson on Twitter Boom Town, Sam Anderson New Sentences Annie Dillard (Author) The Writing Life, Annie Dillard The Abundance, Annie Dillard John McPhee (Author) “The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami” Full transcript online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/s02e01/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Gray318 (Jon Gray)

    Gray318 (Jon Gray)

    An extended interview with Jon Gray, aka Gray318, the award winning, London based, book designer. Gray318 has designed covers for William Gibson, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, David Foster Wallace, Robin Sloan, and perhaps most famously, for Jonathan Safran Foer.
    Show links:
    Gray318 Gray318 Instagram Corrie Baldauf's Gravity's Rainbow Project Gravity's Rainbow Sally Mann documentary Jonathan Safran Foer Tree of Codes The Yellow World Zadie Smith Karl Lagerfeld Rodrigo Corral MCD Books Infinite Jest A Death by Stephen King America is Not the Heart House of Leaves Only Revolutions Art Space Tokyo Full transcript online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/010

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do

    Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do

    An interview with novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Lynne Tillman.
    Craig Mod sits down with Lynne Tillman at her apartment in Manhattan and they go through the covers of her novels, essay collections, and non-fiction books. 
    Show Links:
    Lynne on Twitter Lynne's Books Lynne's Wikipedia Artist Babara Kruger Artist Nan Goldin Artist Peter Drerer Artist Sadie Benning Artist Barbara Ess Charles Orr, designer Soft Skull Press Publisher / Editor Richard Nash What Would Lynne Tillman Do, the website 3am Magazine interview with Lynne “On Lynne Tillman” by Colm Toibin for The New Yorker An Interview With Lynne Tillman, Believer Mag  

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Jessica Hische, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

    Jessica Hische, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

    In this episode we're talking with designer and letterer, Jessica Hische, author of the New York Times best-selling children's book: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave. 
    You've almost certainly seen Jessica's work. She refreshed logos for MailChimp, Southern Living, Eventbrite. She did a logo for the incredible "California Sunday Magazine." She did titles for Wes Anderson's "Moonlight Kingdom." She designed covers for books like Dave Eggers' "The Circle" and "Hologram for the King," and for Elizabeth Gilbert's, "Committed" among many, many more books.
    We discuss her unique production and marketing strategy for the book, how she chose her publisher, and how to respect the heck out of contacts you've built up over the years. 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

marc.cardwell ,

great conversation

i’ve only listened to josh gray, but i love the format. i’ve downloaded all the others and will give them all a listen.

John1307 ,

Put Down Your Fork

Have you ever been in a restaurant, and discovered that the two people next to you are having the most interesting conversation imaginable? Maybe you're halfway through dessert, the check is on the way, but you realize you absolutely MUST hear where their chat will lead. So you put down your fork and eavesdrop. That's this podcast. No RadioLab-style post-production. No slick editing. Nothing but two fascinating people whose voices and minds alone are enough to enchant you.

swissjapanese ,

Deeply inspiring

Craig has been thinking about the intersection of writing, design and tech for years now and the care that goes into everything he does is so evident in this podcast that it is deeply inspiring and touching at the same time. He creates and introduces true quality content in a world with too much information.

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