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The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly(ish) conversation about new books, the publishing scene, international literature in translation, and many other random rants and raves. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions and Albertine Bookstore keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary and publishing worlds. Maybe. (Presented by Three Percent @ the University of Rochester.)

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    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly(ish) conversation about new books, the publishing scene, international literature in translation, and many other random rants and raves. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions and Albertine Bookstore keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary and publishing worlds. Maybe. (Presented by Three Percent @ the University of Rochester.)

    TMR 14.11: "Hey . . . You Listening?" [J R]

    TMR 14.11: "Hey . . . You Listening?" [J R]

    The final episode of the season! First off, Chad and Brian wrap things up, and preview season 15 (Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex trilogy, coming in April!), then Nick Sullivan talks to Chad about recording the audiobook, how he got into that business in the first place, the challenges of recording a book like this, and much much more.
    This week's music is "In America" by Ezra Furman.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. (This episode is really fun to watch because Chad's camera shorted out . . . ) You can join us next week for the final episode with a special final guest where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    TMR 14.10: "Hoppin' with Flavor!"

    TMR 14.10: "Hoppin' with Flavor!"

    Kaija Straumanis joins Chad and Brian this week to talk about toxic masculinity, the genius of the J R audiobook, Bach, "up yours, up mine," connections to Pynchon, shit & money & the American Dream, and the implosion of J R's paper empire.
    This week's music is "Deadlines (Hostile)" by Car Seat Headrest.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. (This episode is really fun to watch because Chad's camera shorted out . . . ) You can join us next week for the final episode with a special final guest where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 1 hr
    TMR 14.9: "J R Shipping Corp"

    TMR 14.9: "J R Shipping Corp"

    This week, Sam Rutter and Nick During join Chad for a long, sprawling discussion of J R, of the interesting quote Joy Williams attributes to Gaddis instead of Gibbs, of Gibbs's knowledge of financial doings, of how great Rhoda is as a character, and so so much more. This is the longest episode to date, but also one of the most fun.
    This week's music is "Don't Get Hit By a Car" by Cheekface.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. (This episode is really fun to watch because Chad's camera shorted out . . . ) You can watch the next episode on Wednesday, February 17th where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    TMR 14.8: "$$$$$$$$" [J R]

    TMR 14.8: "$$$$$$$$" [J R]

    Chad and Brian talk about church parking lots, relationship entropy, millionaires, corporate logos ("Just Rite"), the uneasy alliance of art and commerce, and much more on this week's episode.
    This week's music is "Highlights of 100" by Kiwi Jr.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch the next episode on Wednesday, February 3rd where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 46 min
    TMR 14.7: "Alsaka" [J R]

    TMR 14.7: "Alsaka" [J R]

    Dan O'Brien (The House in Scarsdale, A Story that Happens) joins the podcast this week to talk about J R from a playwriting perspective. Lots of interesting insights in this episode, about theater, about the relationship between art and commerce in the book, and about GameStop.
    This week's music is "Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe" by Okkervil River.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch the next episode on Wednesday, February 3rd where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    TMR 14.6: "A Strolling Game of Pocket Billiards" [J R]

    TMR 14.6: "A Strolling Game of Pocket Billiards" [J R]

    Chad and Brian go it alone this week, and prove that even the most claustrophobic sections (trigger warning for anyone who grew up with hoarders) of J R are also riotously funny. They also don't understand money or business, but no one else in the book seems to either . . . There's also a lot of talk about Gibbs's footwear issues.
    This week's music is "Laugh Track" by Ben Hopkins, one of the greatest songs of 2020.
    If you'd prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch the next episode on Wednesday, January 27th where you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here's where you can find the complete reading schedule.
    Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for random thoughts and information about upcoming guests.
    Be sure to order Brian's book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions
    You can also support this podcast and all of Open Letter's activities by making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Rochester.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Bjartur108 ,

Savage Ben Lerner takedown

This is the only podcast that satisfies both my interest in literature in translation and trashy gossip about literary figures. Cool music too.

zwin.zwin ,

My Go-To Literary Podcast

The podcast to listen to if you want to know who the next great international authors are and who is translating them. They also make a point to read/discuss more women authors than most other sources!

JustEmilyC ,

dismissive opinions

I like that this podcast comes at the publishing from a different angle but the hosts have this habit of declaring that any given book is "just bad" and then move along in the discussion without explaining why they have that opinion. To me this comes across as arrogant. It's like they're saying their opinion is the ONLY opinion and obviously it's the correct opinion so no need to give an explanation. I'm like, check your ego guys.

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