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A twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

A twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.
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A twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

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English


Episodes

Episode 537 — Adam Greenfield

8/15/2018
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Adam Greenfield is the guest. His debut novel, Circa, is available now from Pelekinesis Press. It is the official August pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. In today's monologue, I talk about not sleeping.

Duration:01:12:30

Episode 536 — Amanda Stern

8/8/2018
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Amanda Stern is the guest. Her new memoir is called Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life (Grand Central Publishing). In today's monologue, I talk about coughing.

Duration:01:23:03

Episode 535 — Allie Rowbottom

8/1/2018
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Allie Rowbottom is the guest. Her new book is called Jell-O Girls: A Family History (Little, Brown). Her essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women's Thing and elsewhere. In today's monologue, I talk to my daughter and her friends, and they sing me happy birthday.

Duration:01:22:50

Episode 534 — Robert Goolrick

7/25/2018
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Robert Goolrick is the guest. His new novel, The Dying of the Light, is available now from Harper. It is the official July pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. In today's monologue, I talk about my travels last week and my visit to Concord, MA.

Duration:01:11:50

Episode 533 — Adrienne Celt

7/18/2018
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Adrienne Celt is the guest. Her new novel, Invitation to a Bonfire, is available now from Bloomsbury. Her debut novel, The Daughters, won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award. In today's monologue, I basically just get right to the interview, with brief asides.

Duration:01:08:34

Episode 532 — Ottessa Moshfegh

7/11/2018
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Ottessa Moshfegh is the guest. Her new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, is available now from Penguin Press. Her previous novel, Eileen, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In today's monologue, I talk briefly about the weather.

Duration:01:12:10

Episode 531 — Bethany C. Morrow

7/4/2018
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Bethany C. Morrow is the guest. Her debut novel, Mem, is available now from The Unnamed Press. In today's monologue, I talk about the state of America on July 4, 2018.

Duration:01:16:19

Episode 530 — Ruth Ozeki

7/1/2018
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Ruth Ozeki is the guest. She is an author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), won the LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In today's monologue, I get right to the interview.

Duration:01:13:39

Episode 529 — Poe Ballantine

6/27/2018
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Poe Ballantine is the guest. His new novel, Whirlaway, is available now from Hawthorne Books. In today's monologue, I talk about my vacation in Michigan.

Duration:01:17:24

Episode 528 — Jamel Brinkley

6/20/2018
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Jamel Brinkley is the guest. His debut story collection, A Lucky Man, is available now from Graywolf Press. In today's monologue, I talk about being on vacation.

Duration:01:13:51

Episode 527 — Chelsea Hodson

6/13/2018
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Chelsea Hodson is the guest. Her new essay collection, Tonight I'm Someone Else, is available now from Henry Holt. It is the official June pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. This is Chelsea's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 340 on January 7, 2015. In today's monologue, I talk about how hard it is to talk about suicide and Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.

Duration:01:34:00

Re-post: Episode 238 — Jennifer Michael Hecht

6/8/2018
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It's been a rough week. The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are so incredibly sad. The effects ripple out. We feel the sting of these losses in a strangely personal way. They seem to function as both standalone tragedies and universal distress signals, indicators of the great suffering roiling beneath the surface in so many of us. With this in mind, I thought I'd repost my conversation with Jennifer Michael Hecht, from December 29, 2013. Her book Stay: A History of Suicide and...

Duration:01:15:11

Episode 526 — Aja Gabel

6/6/2018
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Aja Gabel is the guest. Her debut novel The Ensemble is available now from Riverhead Books. In today's monologue, I talk about losing my shit on an umbrella.

Duration:01:08:53

Episode 525 — Jonathan Evison

6/3/2018
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Jonathan Evison is the guest. His latest novel, Lawn Boy, is available now from Algonquin Books. This is Jonathan's third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 1 on September 14, 2011, and again in Episode 382 on September 30, 2015. In today's monologue, I talk about the song that keeps destroying my focus.

Duration:01:23:32

Episode 524 — Michelle Dean

5/30/2018
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Michelle Dean is the guest. Her new book is called Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, available now from Grove Press. In today's monologue, I talk about seeing people you know who (maybe?) pretend to not see you.

Duration:01:13:03

Episode 523 — Adrian Todd Zuniga

5/27/2018
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Adrian Todd Zuniga is the guest. His debut novel, Collision Theory, is available now from Rare Bird Books. He is also the founder and host of the popular reading series Literary Death Match. This is Adrian's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 403 on March 9, 2016. In today's monologue, I thank listeners who support the show.

Duration:01:16:57

Episode 522 — Sloane Crosley

5/23/2018
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Sloane Crosley is the guest. Her new essay collection, Look Alive Out There, is available now from MCD Books. This is Sloane's second time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 424 on July 27, 2016. In today's monologue, I respond to listener mail and talk about my first-ever trip to a weed dispensary.

Duration:01:28:34

Episode 521 — Tao Lin

5/20/2018
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Tao Lin is the guest. His new book is called Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change (Vintage). It is his first book-length work of nonfiction and is the official May pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. This is Tao's third time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 180 and Episode 181 (a two-part interview) in June 2013 and again with Mira Gonzalez in Episode 371 on July 19, 2015. In today's monologue, I talk about groomer humor and white jeans.

Duration:01:29:16

Episode 519 — Melissa Broder

5/9/2018
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Melissa Broder is the guest. Her debut novel The Pisces is available now from Hogarth Press. This is Melissa's third time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 58 on April 4, 2012 and again in Episode 404 on March 13, 2016. In today's monologue, I talk about San Francisco, biking, nature, and my dog Twiggy's tendency to eat bees.

Duration:01:18:15

Episode 518 — Susan Henderson

5/6/2018
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Susan Henderson is the guest. Her new novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, is available now from Harper Perennial. In today's monologue, I talk about sleep deprivation and my relationship with Alexa.

Duration:01:13:10