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Candid conversations with writers about their lives in and out of books.

The Lives of Writers Autofocus Literary, Michael Wheaton

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Candid conversations with writers about their lives in and out of books.

    Justin Taylor [Host: Emily Adrian]

    Justin Taylor [Host: Emily Adrian]

    Emily Adrian interviews Justin Taylor. Topics include: growing up as a child actor, growing into a writer, a couple Donald Barthelme anthologies, his first books, the new novel REBOOT, realism, the supernatural, tv forms in the novel, a bottle chapter, Portland, Dawson's Creek, and more.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Lucas Mann [Host: Michael Wheaton]

    Lucas Mann [Host: Michael Wheaton]

    Michael Wheaton interviews Lucas Mann. Topics include: becoming co-owner of Riffraff Bookstore & Bar, community in Providence RI, the gap between life & writing about the life, growing up reading and watching, ambition, ATTACHMENTS: Essays on Fatherhood and Other Performances, intimacy and its mediation, threading and/or juggling, writing about parenthood, resembling a real human, body image, overlapping thinking and feeling, and more.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Maurice Carlos Ruffin [Host: Drew Hawkins]

    Maurice Carlos Ruffin [Host: Drew Hawkins]

    Drew Hawkins interviews Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Topics include: book tour, previous life as a lawyer and restaurant owner, becoming a writer, paces of production, the usefulness of distraction, New Orleans, THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS, knowing who you are, writing as a man about women, freedom and loss, and more.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Richard Scott Larson [Host: Lena Crown]

    Richard Scott Larson [Host: Lena Crown]

    Lena Crown interviews Richard Scott Larson. Topics include: blocking out time, writing as a critic, an early interest in horror, a crisis of fiction, memoir vs book-length essay, the new memoir THE LONG HALLWAY, visibility, hiding queerness, masks, Michael Myers/Halloween, loneliness and observation, film form, fear and shame, and more.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Jason McCall [Host: Aaron Burch]

    Jason McCall [Host: Aaron Burch]

    Aaron Burch interviews Jason McCall. Topics include: a recent bout with cancer, the rhythm of art and community, teaching, approaching writing as a fan, sports and pop culture, the essay collection RAZED BY TV SETS, the contradictions of fandom, collective celebration, playing with your offhand, and more.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Julia Hannafin [Host: Sara Rauch]

    Julia Hannafin [Host: Sara Rauch]

    Sara Rauch interviews Julia Hannafin. Topics include: writing for tv and a podcast, journaling as a kid, the debut novel CASCADE, quiet drama, danger, sharks in the Farallon Islands, predator/prey, desire, gender, place, addiction, time, and more.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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tylerstevenbarton ,

My new favorite podcast

These are exactly the kinds of books I’m most interested in, and there hasn’t been enough conversation centered on understanding and celebrating these works which are so hard to describe and categorize. Thankful for Autofocus and Michael’s close reading and casual discussions.

Jodwriter ,

Great Interviewer

Stumbled on this through Brad Listi’s Instagram. Stayed for Zac Smith, and now I’m hooked. Michael is so gifted at interviewing.

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