Founded in January of 2011, Full Stop focuses on debuts, works in translation, and books published by small presses. We believe that books exist in a supercollider, that their meaning and significance arise from high-energy collisions with the people and cultures that read, write, and share them. In an often insular and oscillating field, we seek to highlight the unknown, the precarious, and the as-yet unrealized.
Podcast #14 – Mr. Difficult
Full Stop founding editors Eric Jett and Alex Shephard have started a new podcast series, which dives deep into the world of . . . Alastair Crowley . . . Just kidding, it’s Jonathan Franzen! They love him, they hate him, they love him. It’s a complicated thing they have with him. And they’re joined by writer Erin Somers to discuss all of Jonathan Franzen’s books, leading up to this newest book, Crossroads.
So we present the podcast’s pilot episode, on Franzen’s first book, The Twenty-Seventh City. You can get more episodes of the podcast here.
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Podcast #13 – Greg Gerke & Gabriel Blackwell
On this new episode of the Full Stop podcast, we’re featuring an interview between fiction writer and critic Greg Gerke, and writer and editor Gabriel Blackwell. Gerke’s essay “An Adultery” ran on Full Stop last year, and he’s the author of See What I See, a book of essays, and Especially the Bad Things, a collection of short stories, both published by Splice. An expanded version of See What I See is out now. Blackwell is the author most recently of CORRECTION, which contains 101 short story-essays. Or something approaching that. It’s pretty experimental.
Podcast #12: Kamala Puligandla & Nicole Kelly
This month on the podcast, we’re featuring an interview from earlier this year between audio producer Nicole Kelly and Kamala Puligandla, the former editor-in-chief of Autostraddle.com, whose new book ZigZags was released last year by Not A Cult. In a review on Full Stop, Sarah Sophia Yanni calls the book “a poignant reflection on alienation in adulthood and the continuous evolution of the brown, queer body."
Podcast #11: Post-Post-Pandemic Travel Writing
This month on the podcast, we’re featuring a few Full Stop editors, as well as Full Stop Fellow Nabil Kashyap, discussing the future of travel writing. As the worst wave of the pandemic continues to batter America, the idea of a reopened world seems very far off. But this gives us some time to reconsider travel writing, its pitfalls, and what might come after the pandemic . . . if there’s really going to be an “after.”
Podcast #10: Gabrielle Civil & Allison Noelle Conner
This month on the podcast, we’re featuring a bit of a throwback. It’s a conversation between Full Stop contributing editor Allison Noelle Conner and Gabrielle Civil, a poet and conceptual artist. And you might notice there’s no mention of the ongoing pandemic or the protests against police violence and in support of black lives. That’s because this was recorded in the beginning of March, right before the first lockdown orders went in place.
But everything discussed is still incredibly relevant and most likely even more so than back then — writing in Full Stop last year, Laura Wetherington described Civil’s new book, Experiments in Joy, as “a book about documenting a black woman’s performance art in the face of historical, cultural, and practice-based erasure. This is a book for Civil’s ancestors and for the future. This is a book about reaching out to strangers and inviting them to help imagine the future.”
Podcast #9: Tristan Foster & Kyle Coma-Thompson
This month on the podcast, we’re featuring a conversation between Tristan Foster and Kyle Coma-Thompson, co-authors of the new book 926 Years, a series of twenty-two linked stories ruminating on imagination and god and life. It goes deep. It goes there.
You can listen above, on Spotify, or on Apple Podcasts. Be sure to subscribe, and if you want episodes a month earlier than everyone else, support our Patreon!