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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers. Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation. PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: “…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review “Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus “…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR “The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed “…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times “Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's “Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine “Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions “In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature “What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot “The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle *** otherppl.com @otherppl Instagram Support the show on Patreon Proud Bookshop affiliate. Buy books here!

Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers. Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation. PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: “…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review “Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus “…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR “The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed “…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times “Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's “Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine “Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions “In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature “What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot “The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle *** otherppl.com @otherppl Instagram Support the show on Patreon Proud Bookshop affiliate. Buy books here!

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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers. Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation. PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: “…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review “Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus “…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR “The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed “…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times “Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's “Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine “Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions “In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature “What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot “The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle *** otherppl.com @otherppl Instagram Support the show on Patreon Proud Bookshop affiliate. Buy books here!

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English


Episodes

701. Shannon McLeod

4/14/2021
Shannon McLeod is the author of the novella Whimsy, available from Long Day Press. McLeod is also the author of the essay chapbook Pathetic (University of Indianapolis Etchings Press). Her writing has appeared in Tin House Online, Wigleaf, Hobart, Joyland Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. She teaches high school English in Virginia. *** Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers....

Duration:01:14:03

700. Gina Frangello

4/7/2021
Gina Frangello is the author of the memoir Blow Your House Down, available from Counterpoint Press. This is Gina's second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 16 on November 9, 2011. Frangello's other books include Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister's Continent. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, HuffPost, Fence, Five Chapters, Prairie Schooner, Chicago...

Duration:01:35:50

Giancarlo DiTrapano 1974-2021

4/2/2021
This episode first aired on March 27, 2013. It is being reposted in memory of Giancarlo DiTrapano (1974-2021), founder and publisher of Tyrant Books. He died unexpectedly on March 30 in New York City. No official cause of death has been reported as of yet. I didn't know Gian well, but I did know him a bit. He was always kind, always memorable. One of the few true originals out there, and certainly an original in the world of publishing. He did very good work and helped shepherd the...

Duration:01:11:21

699. Hari Kunzru

3/31/2021
Hari Kunzru is the author of the novel Red Pill, available now from Knopf. This is Hari's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 57, on April 1, 2012. Born in London, he is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears, as well as a short story collection, Noise, and a novella, Memory Palace. He is an honorary fellow of Wadham College Oxford, and has received fellowships from the Cullman Center at the New York...

Duration:01:12:27

698. Tod Goldberg

3/24/2021
Tod Goldberg is the guest. His critically acclaimed new story collection, The Low Desert, is available from Counterpoint. This is Tod's third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 320 on October 12, 2014, and again in Episode 488, on October 18, 2017. Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; Gangster Nation; The House of Secrets, which he coauthored with Brad Meltzer; and the crime-tinged novels Living Dead Girl,...

Duration:01:39:13

697. Yamen Manai

3/17/2021
Yamen Manai is the author of the novel The Ardent Swarm, available now from Amazon Crossing. Winner of the Prix Comar d'Or and the Prix des Cinq Continents, it is the official March pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. Manai was born in 1980 in Tunis and currently lives in Paris. Both a writer and an engineer, Manai explores the intersections of past and present, and tradition and technology, in his prose. In The Ardent Swarm (originally published as L'Amas ardent), his first book to be...

Duration:01:15:30

696. Vesna Maric

3/10/2021
Vesna Maric is the author of the debut novel The President Shop (Sandorf Passage). Maric was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1976. She left the country at sixteen as part of a convoy of refugees bound for the Lake District in England. She attended University College London and later went on to work for the BBC World Service. She now writes Lonely Planet travel guides, translates literary fiction and non-fiction from Croatian into English, and writes a variety of journalism for...

Duration:01:30:48

695. Melissa Broder

3/3/2021
Melissa Broder is the guest. Her new novel, Milk Fed, is available from Scribner. This is Melissa's fourth time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 58 on April 4, 2012. Her second appearance was in Episode 404 on March 13, 2016. Her third appearance came in Episode 519, on May 9, 2018. Broder's other books include the novel The Pisces, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom: Selected Poems (Summer 2021) and Last Sext. Broder has written...

Duration:01:55:48

694. David Tromblay

2/24/2021
David Tromblay is the guest. His new memoir, As You Were, is available from Dzanc Books. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. Tromblay served in the U.S. Armed Forces for over a decade before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts for his MFA in Creative Writing. He's since written and published a memoir and three novels. His other books include The Essentials: A Manifesto and The Ramblings of a Revenant. He currently works as an editor for Shotgun...

Duration:01:30:55

693. Candace Jane Opper

2/17/2021
Candace Jane Opper is the author of the debut memoir Certain and Impossible Events. It was selected by Cheryl Strayed as the winner of the Kore Press Memoir Award. Opper is a writer, a mother, and an occasional visual artist. She grew up in the woods of Southern Connecticut. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, LitHub, Narratively, Brevity, and Vestoj, among others. She is a Creative Nonfiction Foundation Fellowship recipient and a member...

Duration:01:46:10

692. Ahmed Naji

2/10/2021
Ahmed Naji is the guest. He is the author of three novels, including Using Life (University of Texas Press), which led to his imprisonment in Egypt—and then led to the writing of a new memoir, Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in Prison, currently excerpted in The Believer magazine. In 2016, Naji was sentenced to 2 years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt of Using Life published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern...

Duration:01:31:05

691. Michael Bible

2/3/2021
Michael Bible is the guest. His new novel, The Ancient Hours, is available from Melville House. Support independent booksellers! Get your copy here. Bible's other books include Empire of Light and Sophia, also from Melville House. He is originally from North Carolina. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Al-Jazeera America, ESPN The Magazine, and New York Tyrant Magazine. He is a former bookseller at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, and lives in New York....

Duration:01:25:26

690. Te-Ping Chen

1/27/2021
Te-Ping Chen is the guest. Her debut story collection, Land of Big Numbers, is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is the official January pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. Chen's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta and Tin House. She is a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Philadelphia who was previously based in Beijing and Hong Kong. She has reported on rice cookers and wrongful convictions, gotten hung up on by Edward Snowden and eaten more robot-cooked...

Duration:01:12:58

689. Rob Doyle

1/20/2021
Rob Doyle is the guest. His new book, Threshold, is available from Bloomsbury. Doyle's debut novel, Here Are the Young Men, was published in 2014 by Bloomsbury and the Lilliput Press. It was selected as one of Hot Press magazine’s ‘20 Greatest Irish Novels 1916-2016’, and has been made into a film starring Dean Charles Chapman and Anya Taylor Joy. This is the Ritual, a collection of short stories, was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim. Doyle is the editor of the anthology The Other...

Duration:01:37:55

688. Gil Adamson

1/13/2021
Gil Adamson is the guest. Her new novel, The Ridgerunner, will be published in the United States by House of Anansi Press on February 2, 2021. Adamson is the critically acclaimed author of The Outlander, which won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the ReLit Award, and the Drummer General’s Award. It was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, CBC Canada Reads, and the Prix Femina in France; longlisted for the...

Duration:01:22:29

687. George Saunders

1/6/2021
George Saunders is the guest. His new book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, is available from Random House. This is George's second time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 100, on August 29, 2012. Saunders is the author of eleven books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English, and was a finalist for the Golden Man Booker, in which one Booker winner was selected to represent each decade, from the fifty years since the...

Duration:01:37:20

686. Holiday Spectacular

12/23/2020
In keeping with the tenets of 2020, this year's holiday episode unfolded online, not in a Zoom room but in a "Skype amphitheater." With guest appearances by Megan Boyle, Leland Cheuk, Richard Chiem, Rachel Bell de Navailles, Juliet Escoria, Joseph Grantham, Mik Grantham, Ben Loory, Gene Morgan, Timothy Willis Sanders, and Bud Smith. Special guest: Rich Ferguson. *** Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers. Launched in...

Duration:01:49:31

685. Alex Branson

12/16/2020
Alex Branson is the guest. His new novel, Water, Wasted, is available from Rare Bird Books. It is the official December pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. Branson works for a non-profit in South Jersey. Before that, he worked at group homes in rural Missouri and Chicago for eight years. He is one of the hosts of E1 Podcast. *** Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers. Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing....

Duration:01:23:48

684. Michael Schumacher

12/9/2020
Michael Schumacher is the guest. He is the editor of The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971, by the late Allen Ginsberg, available now from the University of Minnesota Press. Schumacher is also the author of the acclaimed Ginsberg biography Dharma Lion (Minnesota, 2016). Along with Ginsberg’s Iron Curtain Journals and South American Journals and Conversations with Allen Ginsberg (all from Minnesota), he has edited Family Business, selected correspondence between Allen and Louis Ginsberg,...

Duration:01:56:17

683. Travis Hoewischer

12/2/2020
Travis Hoewischer is the guest. He is the author of the Two Dollar Radio Guide to Naming Your Baby, available now from Two Dollar Radio. Hoewischer has spent twenty years as a journalist, standup comedian, and non-profit leader. This is his first book. He was almost called Andrew. *** Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers. Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death....

Duration:01:17:10