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So Much Heart w/ Drew Buxton
Drew Buxton is a writer and social worker from Texas. His debut short story collection So Much Heart was released in July by With An X Books. His work has been featured in Joyland, The Drift, Electric Literature, Witch Craft, and Vice among other publications. Find him at drewbuxton.com.
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In a debut collection that is absurd yet grimy, brutal but tender, Drew Buxton announces himself as an audacious, if a bit unstable, new voice in fiction. So Much Heart is full of schemes, addiction, dead bodies, and intrusive thoughts, but somehow through it all runs a thread of deep compassion. With a wicked sense of humor, Buxton steers right into mental illness, masculinity, and American mythology. Long after you turn the final page, this book will leave you buzzing with life-affirming energy or hiding in your bedroom, alone, mumbling to yourself. Either way, you won’t forget this collection.
TB on The Radio #3 w/103.3 FM Wordplay
Had a blast with 103.3 FM's Wordplay hosted by Lockie Martin. Here's the spot. Readings from the studio by Claire Hopple and Ashleigh Bryant Phillips!
Heaven Is A Place On Earth w/ Adrian Shirk
Adrian Shirk is the author of HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (Counterpoint, 2022), a personal odyssey of American utopian experiments, and AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY (Counterpoint, 2017), a hybrid-memoir exploring American women prophets and mystics, named an NPR ‘Best Book’ of 2017. Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She’s a frequent contributor to Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Lit Hub, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She teaches in Pratt Institute’s BFA Creative Writing Program, and lives at The Mutual Aid Society in the Catskill mountains.
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Almost Deadly, Almost Good w/ Alice Kaltman
A new reading from Alice Kaltman and her book Almost Deadly, Almost Good, out now from Word West press. Get the book!
Alice Kaltman is the author of the story-collection STAGGERWING, the novels WAVEHOUSE, THE TANTALIZING TALE OF GRACE MINNAUGH, and DAWG TOWNE. Her new linked collection ALMOST DEADLY/ALMOST GOOD arrives November 2022. Alice’s stories appear in journals like Lost Balloon, The Pinch, Joyland, Hobart and BULL, and in numerous anthologies. She’s not thrilled by the sound of her own voice, but you might like it. If so, you can hear her read her work at Micro Podcasts, Elevator Stories, and No Contact. Alice splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, NY. where she lives with her husband and her dog Ollie.
Pure Cosmos Club w/ Matthew Binder
Out May 15th! PURE COSMOS CLUB by Matthew Binder.
In this biting satire, Matthew Binder takes surreal aim at the poses and pretensions of high art and fashion. With ruthless wit, Binder chronicles the struggles of Paul, an eccentric artist, and his companion dog, a disabled, quiche-obsessed terrier-mix named Blanche. Together they negotiate hilarious scenes of bad parties, bizarre couture, deranged friends, shady deals, unrequited love, sabotage, and inscrutable art. But there may be a way out for Paul when he meets James, a New Age guru and leader of a secretive cult: the Pure Cosmos Club. Yet, every time Paul believes he’s ready for the “Ultimate Level,” James raises the price of entry. Just how far will Paul go for love, for art, and to attain cosmic oneness?
“Pure Cosmos Club is an inventive, antic picaresque with a satirical eye trained on spiritual and aesthetic hucksterism. Matthew Binder sets them up and knocks them down in this witty, energetic novel. Long live Blanche the dog!” Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask.
The Swallows of Lunetto w/ Joseph Fasano
From Joseph Fasano, the acclaimed author of 'The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing', comes 'The Swallows of Lunetto', the powerful story of a young couple's escape from Italian fascism at the end of the Second World War.
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"As essential as Hannah Arendt in understanding history and the heart."
If you like indie literature and/or audiobooks, you will like this show!
Haha! What a cast! Where does these guy come up with it!?? Ok, love the show and keep it up Good work!
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This is by far my favorite podcast, very entertaining, insightful, and humorous - kudos talking book