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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers.  
 


Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation.  
 


PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: 
 


“…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review  
 


“Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus 
 


“…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR 
 


“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed 
 


“…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times 
 


“Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's  
 


“Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine 
 


“Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions 
 


“In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature 
 


“What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot 
 


“The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle 
 


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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers.  
 


Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation.  
 


PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: 
 


“…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review  
 


“Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus 
 


“…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR 
 


“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed 
 


“…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times 
 


“Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's  
 


“Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine 
 


“Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions 
 


“In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature 
 


“What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot 
 


“The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle 
 


*** 
 


otherppl.com  
 


@otherppl 
 


Instagram 
 


Support the show on Patreon 
 


Proud Bookshop affiliate. Buy books here!

    702. Andrea Bajani

    702. Andrea Bajani

    Andrea Bajani is the author of the novel If You Kept a Record of Sins, available from Archipelago Books. It was translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris.
    Bajani is one of the most respected and award-winning novelists and poets of contemporary Italian literature. He is the author of four novels and two collections of poems. If You Kept a Record of Sins has brought him a great deal of attention. In just a few months, the book won the Super Mondello Prize, the Brancati Prize, the Recanati Prize and the Lo Straniero Prize. His works have been translated into many languages, and published by some of the most prestigious European publishers, such as Gallimard, Siruela, MacLehose, Atheneum, DTV, Humanitas. He now lives in Houston and teaches at Rice University.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    701. Shannon McLeod

    701. Shannon McLeod

    Shannon McLeod is the author of the novella Whimsy, available from Long Day Press.
    McLeod is also the author of the essay chapbook Pathetic (University of Indianapolis Etchings Press). Her writing has appeared in Tin House Online, Wigleaf, Hobart, Joyland Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. She teaches high school English in Virginia.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
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    www.otherppl.com
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    700. Gina Frangello

    700. Gina Frangello

    Gina Frangello is the author of the memoir Blow Your House Down, available from Counterpoint Press.
    This is Gina's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 16 on November 9, 2011.
    Frangello's other books include Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister's Continent. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, HuffPost, Fence, Five Chapters, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Reader, and many other publications. She lives with her family in the Chicago area.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
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    Email the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] com
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Giancarlo DiTrapano 1974-2021

    Giancarlo DiTrapano 1974-2021

    This episode first aired on March 27, 2013.
    It is being reposted in memory of Giancarlo DiTrapano (1974-2021), founder and publisher of Tyrant Books. He died unexpectedly on March 30 in New York City. No official cause of death has been reported as of yet.
    I didn't know Gian well, but I did know him a bit. He was always kind, always memorable. One of the few true originals out there, and certainly an original in the world of publishing. He did very good work and helped shepherd the publication of books that will far outlive him. He made a positive difference in the world.
    My heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    699. Hari Kunzru

    699. Hari Kunzru

    Hari Kunzru is the author of the novel Red Pill, available now from Knopf.
    This is Hari's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 57, on April 1, 2012.
    Born in London, he is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears, as well as a short story collection, Noise, and a novella, Memory Palace. He is an honorary fellow of Wadham College Oxford, and has received fellowships from the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy in Berlin. He is the host of the podcast Into The Zone, coming in September from Pushkin Industries, and lives in New York City.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
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    Email the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] com
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    698. Tod Goldberg

    698. Tod Goldberg

    Tod Goldberg is the guest. His critically acclaimed new story collection, The Low Desert, is available from Counterpoint.
    This is Tod's third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 320 on October 12, 2014, and again in Episode 488, on October 18, 2017.
    Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; Gangster Nation; The House of Secrets, which he coauthored with Brad Meltzer; and the crime-tinged novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Fake Liar Cheat, plus five novels in the popular Burn Notice series. He is also the author of the story collection Simplify, a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Las Vegas Weekly, and Best American Essays, among many others, and have won five Nevada Press Association Awards. He lives in Indio, California, where he directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
    Instagram 
    YouTube
    Email the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] com
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    • 1 hr 40 min

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