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The Organis‪t‬ Andrew Leland

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 357 Ratings

Take a weird, thoughtful and pleasurable journey into literature, music, art, philosophy, the internet, language, and history with McSweeney's and KCRW.

    Give Everybody Everything: The Financial Life of Bernadette Mayer

    Give Everybody Everything: The Financial Life of Bernadette Mayer

    The life of a poet is rich with meaning and beauty. But the financial life of a poet is decidedly less rich. The poet Bernadette Mayer is a case study in how literary influence does not translate into income. She dedicated herself to art knowing it...

    • 44 min
    The Narrative Line

    The Narrative Line

    We’re constantly telling ourselves stories — who we are, where we’re going, what comes next. But what happens when the story you’re telling yourself turns out not to be true? Or, more fundamentally, what if the narrative form you’re...

    • 42 min
    Consider the Grackles

    Consider the Grackles

    Touring a punk act pushes the limits of physical endurance — driving all day, sweating on stage, eating badly, sleeping worse. What keeps a band going for 14 years without a major commercial success? And what would possess someone old enough...

    • 31 min
    Death in Twin Peaks

    Death in Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks was never just a TV show: it was an obsession and an apparition. In its 2017 incarnation, the real-life deaths of several cast members hang spectrally over the proceedings. Legendary critic Howard Hampton meditates on how the show’s...

    • 21 min
    A Call in the Night

    A Call in the Night

    Your phone rings at 3:30 in the morning. You answer the call, and a person who's just been woken up with a call from you is on the end of the line. The call is being recorded. Both of your lives are changed forever. In this episode we explore the...

    • 21 min
    Angelyne

    Angelyne

    For decades, Angelyne pouted down from Hollywood billboards, looking like a New-Wave Jayne Mansfield: a dense cloud of bleached blonde hair and abundant cleavage barely contained by furry pink bikini tops. No one was sure what to make of the...

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

K Sinclair ,

Bring back the Organist

Andrew does a great job hosting and I just want more episodes!

cdr1242 ,

I love this show

I love this show. It’s like falling in love for the first time, which I only know because I remember falling in love for the first time and this reminds of what it felt like. It makes me want to write M + I in a tree trunk with a heart around it and remember being in LA and all my hopes and dreams. It makes me want to be all the things I dreamed of with my friend, and all the things I was waiting to become. It makes me happy, and it makes me feel like I can make things like this too.

Daveiii ,

A New Fav

If you want a This American Life style podcast made by literary folks, this is it.

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