40 episodes

The Thoughtful Bro, hosted by Mark Cecil, is a podcast for writers, readers, and anyone interested in a tale well told. Each episode features an author who's recently published a book, and we unpack how and why they wrote it. It's "Inside the Actors Studio"...but for storytellers.

The Thoughtful Bro Mark Cecil

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

The Thoughtful Bro, hosted by Mark Cecil, is a podcast for writers, readers, and anyone interested in a tale well told. Each episode features an author who's recently published a book, and we unpack how and why they wrote it. It's "Inside the Actors Studio"...but for storytellers.

    Episode 39: Bunyan and Henry; Or the Beautiful Destiny

    Episode 39: Bunyan and Henry; Or the Beautiful Destiny

    Who could possibly step into Mark Cecil’s host shoes on The Thoughtful Bro on his pub day without skipping a beat and fire super intelligent and fun questions at him? A Mighty Blaze co-founder and best-selling author Jenna Blum, of course! 
    They discuss Mark's debut Bunyan and Henry; Or the Beautiful Destiny, now available wherever books are sold. Make sure you check out his book tour schedule and learn more about the novel. 
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 38: Hank Phillippi Ryan

    Episode 38: Hank Phillippi Ryan

    With Boston literary citizen par excellence Hank Phillippi Ryan, discussing her latest suspense novel One Wrong Word.
    Hank has won scores of awards as a TV journalist and novelist (including 37 Emmys), and I dug into her storytelling habits, methods and style, unpacking the mind of this master of economical prose, twisty plots and upbeat endings.
    Order Mark Cecil's novel Bunyan and Henry.
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 55 min
    Episode 37: Tommy Orange

    Episode 37: Tommy Orange

    With one of the foremost Native American artists working today in any field, Tommy Orange, talking about his second novel, Wandering Stars.
    We discussed the struggle of America to both remember and forget its past; his generative friendship with fellow celebrated novelist Kaveh Akbar; and whether the time has come when white writers of literary fiction will be expected to talk about whiteness.
    Pre-order Mark Cecil's upcoming novel Bunyan and Henry.
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 52 min
    Episode 36: Steve Almond

    Episode 36: Steve Almond

    With the inimitable, incorrigible, ingenious Steve Almond, discussing his new craft book, Truth Is The Arrow, Mercy Is The Bow: A DIY Manual For The Construction Of Stories.
    We covered: obsession as the engine for literature; the aims and importance of opening paragraphs; and how one of the ultimate goals of literature is a magnification the inner life, so we might all better understand and forgive one another.
    Pre-order Mark Cecil's upcoming novel Bunyan and Henry.
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 35: Jonathan Escoffery

    Episode 35: Jonathan Escoffery

    With ultra-fresh debut author Jonathan Escoffery, discussing his celebrated linked collection of stories about Jamaican immigrants, If I Survive You.
    Topics included: (1) the impossibility of answering the loaded race question "What are you?" (2) the underserved market of father/son literature, and (3) the rare/extremely necessary topic of men's fashion on Zoom.
    Pre-order Mark Cecil's upcoming novel Bunyan and Henry.
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 55 min
    Episode 34: Brad Listi

    Episode 34: Brad Listi

    With literary podcaster and author Brad Listi, discussing his first novel in 16 years, Be Brief And Tell Them Everything, a work of autofiction exploring the despair, terror, and glory which is the creative life.
    We covered: brevity as an aesthetic, writing like there’s no tomorrow, and how he builds literary community through his beloved podcast Otherppl.
    Pre-order Mark Cecil's upcoming novel Bunyan and Henry.
    All episodes of The Thoughtful Bro aired live originally on A Mighty Blaze. The Thoughtful Bro is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

gwa126 ,

Excellent podcast!

Mark Cecil is awesome to listen to and interviews some amazing writers. What an amazing podcast!

7amNovelist ,

More than worth listening.

A smart and necessary show with incredible guests. Cecil is a pro.

Emma Ceece ,

Fresh

This show has a refreshing tone of candor, curiosity, and care between the host and his guests. It’s great to get a more unscripted author perspective and the host surprises and delights with his thoughtful lines of questioning. A must listen.

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