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Mallory Smart interviews today's hottest authors about musical influences, genres, and how all of that plays into the way that they write. Some episodes can be abstract and others are just plain dorky. Either way, they're always fun and informative...

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Mallory Smart interviews today's hottest authors about musical influences, genres, and how all of that plays into the way that they write. Some episodes can be abstract and others are just plain dorky. Either way, they're always fun and informative...

    Sad In A Good Way: an Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains

    Sad In A Good Way: an Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains

    In this episode, I got a chance to speak with Jessie Lynn McMains. 

    Jessie is a cross-genre writer, punk poet, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. Their latest work includes Self-Portrait With Ghost And Trains from Hello America Stereo Cassette and Wisconsin Death Trip from Bone and Ink Press. 

    We talk about books, riot grrl music, the new Matrix movie, what the difference is between folk and country music, payphones and so much more. 

    Find out more info about Jessie at recklesschants.net.

    • 45 min
    Mami Miami: an interview with Emilly Prado

    Mami Miami: an interview with Emilly Prado

    Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, Electric Literature, The Oregonian, and Remezcla.

    Emilly is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), a memoir-in-essays called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine, and Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019), a youth non-fiction title at the intersections of identity and society. She is a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, Blackburn Fellow and MFA Candidate at Randolph College and a co-founder of Portland in Color. She also moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.

    • 58 min
    A Podcast About Nothing: a dorky talk with Spencer Fleury

    A Podcast About Nothing: a dorky talk with Spencer Fleury

    Originally I wanted to name this episode Strongbox but realized that few people would get the reference. Luckily, Spencer did as I explained getting almost shut out of my building by a neighbor as I was rushing inside to make it in time to do the interview because I gambled that I grab coffee and be back within 10 minutes (I made it). After we laughed about that for a while we got into some pretty random but fun conversation about what kind of music he's into, Gen X, his new book, and how he's pro-Steely Dan (another one).

    A bit more about Spencer though: He has worked as a sailor, copywriter, economics professor, and record store clerk, among other disreputable professions. He was born in the Detroit suburbs, spent most of his life in Florida, and now lives in San Francisco. His first novel, How I’m Spending My Afterlife, will be published by Woodhall Press in September 2021.

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Therapist Gone Wild: an interview with Jeff Schneider

    Therapist Gone Wild: an interview with Jeff Schneider

    In this wildly fun episode, I interview Jeff Schnieder. Jeff is a writer, founder of Pig Roast Publishing, and the former guitarist and songwriter of the noise-rock bands Arab On Radar and Made in Mexico.

    We get pretty into 90’s music and talking about the major genres of the time, different generations, weird stories about his old band Arab On Radar,  and how he went from a badass musician to a badass writer.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Millennial Anxiety: an interview with Blake Wallin

    Millennial Anxiety: an interview with Blake Wallin

    This is a pretty chill episode. Blake Wallin comes on and about his latest book, Papal Glow, amongst other things. We get into religion, politics, music, and how anxiety-inducing it is to be a millennial. But of course, we do our best to stick to music and what the book is about.

    Papal Glow is the time between centuries, that little dust mote trailing in the sun's glare between folds of the partition that separates the public from true knowledge. It is the preventative strain keeping the powers-that-be at bay while the world swirls by unnoticed. This glow imbues a young boy named Leo, who must use the papacy to divide the time between those centuries, speed up modernity at the very beginning of the 19th century, and oppose the ever-growing reign of Napoleon. But as Leo grows into his papal role, the lines between what Leo wants and can achieve grow smaller as well, until Leo sets up a miracle himself and the time between centuries becomes as small as a dust mote.

    • 58 min
    Tinder is the Touch: an interview with Nicole Morning

    Tinder is the Touch: an interview with Nicole Morning

    In this episode, I interview Nicole Morning. We talk about Tinder, punk music, what's behind her writing, and how weird it is to be an adult.

    She is the author of Selftitled* from Trident Press and _*Soft Animal_ from Hello America Stereo Cassette.

    The stories and poems in Selftitled—as honest and charmingly chaotic as a deathbed confession—explore an America of tinder dates, mysterious scars, unflattering selfies, motherhood, and drugs. Things can be hard here, but self-pity will only distract from life's splendor. In Morning's work, the stars themselves toss beckoning pebbles at the bedroom window.

    Nicole's stories and poems on Soft Animal are hard and graceful, flawless and troubled. Her writing is modern and relatable, unpretentious but deeply refined. Her voice is unique and human; a voice made for this form. You want to listen to this on long drives. You want to listen to this when you're supposed to be working. You want to listen to this. I'm telling you right now. You do.

    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Jojowohoo ,

Fantastic podcast

These guys rock!!!

CasCraz ,

Casual talk about art and inspiration

Mallory has creates a unique podcast combining writing and music. She chats with writers in a very casual way talking not only there work but also there passion for writing focusing on music from the past and present. Both informal and amusing, a great podcast to listen over a cup coffee.

Dmitry Samarov ,

Informal but informative book talks

I like this show because it introduces me to new writers without the pretension of a lot of lit shows. Mallory makes the conversation casual while covering a range of topics, from writing life to music tastes to day jobs. It makes the habit of writing approachable, which is all to the good.

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