Almost Live at Mellow Pages





September 2014
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In this episode we get to hang out with publisher and mad genius Giancarlo DiTrapano of Tyrant Books. We rap about almost everything anyone would ever want to talk about---growing up weird, finding one's self, the publishing industry, cluster headaches and miracle cures, psilocybin, West Virginia, dogs, and love in its many varied and wonderful forms. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did in making it. Giancarlo is love.

This will be the last episode of Almost Live at Mellow Pages for the next while. In doing this show, we've been able to spend a lot of time getting to know writers/publishers/editors we really love and wanted to speak to, and the common thread throughout has been putting in time and work. Both Eric and myself have books coming out in 2015, and we realize we both have some of our own work to get down to doing. We hope you've enjoyed this run of shows, and we hope to be back sooner rather than later.

Direct download: 01_Episode_24__Giancarlo_DiTrapano.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

In this episode, we sit around and ramble with the incredibly kind Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day, current resident of Portland, New Yorker for life. We talk about what it's like to pull up stakes and move the circus of life to a new city, the history of squatters in NYC, the process of putting together a book on the subject and then getting to know and be a part of that community, gentrification[obviously], and how she does her magick. Cari is goddamn wonderful. Pretty sure y'all will fall in love with her like we did.

Direct download: 01_Episode_23__Cari_Luna.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

In this episode we get to hang out and talk with Jamie Iredell, author of Prose. Poems. A Novel.The Book of FreaksI Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, and the forthcoming Last Mass. If you don't know Jamie, we're not sure where you've been living or what you've been reading, because Jamie is incredible and his writing is something you should be reading. We talk AWP and what it's like to attend conferences of that size, small presses and the future of publishing, the books he has coming soon and the process behind them, and all sorts of other stuff. You could do worse than to seek out Jamie's books and devour them.

Direct download: Episode_21__Jamie_Iredell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

In this episode, we get to know Mark Doten, senior editor at Soho Press and author of the forthcoming novel The Infernal. We talk about all sorts of inside baseball publishing stuff with Mark, not to mention working in plenty of craft talk as well. Mark is a joy to talk with and an endless well of knowledge. Look out for his book when it drops.

Direct download: Episode_20__Mark_Doten.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

In this episode, we get to hang out and talk with Lauren Quinn, writer, educator and all-around woman of the world. Lauren's writing has appeared in places like Guernica, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and many others. Lauren is a friend of the show and has a unique perspective on living abroad and learning how to write and she talks about her decision to make her way back to America to continue with her education, among other things. Plenty of great stuff to dig into. Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_19__Lauren_Quinn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Oh boy. In this episode we hang out with the wonderful and kind Zachary Lipez, who has had words all over the internet in places like Hazlitt, Noisey, the revamped MySpace, The Talkhouse, and many others. Lipez is becoming one of the most well-enjoyed voices out there in the ones and zeros of music writing, and his background as former vocalist in the sadly defunct Freshkills informs that writing. We talk with Zack about how he ended up writing for Noisey, the art of criticism, Twitter activism, political correctness, Williamsburg then and now, the derogatory and unnecessary use of the word "hipster," his new musical project Publicist UK, and so much more. Zack is one of the brightest and best we know. Check him out. We know you'll dig him.

Direct download: Episode_18__Zachary_Lipez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

In this episode we talk with Dan Magers, author of PARTYKNIFE, a book of poems. We talk about anxiety, what went into building/producing/birthing PARTYKNIFE, running a small chapbook press, experimenting with forms, competitiveness, what got the juices flowing to inspire, and lots of other fun as hell stuff. Dan is a good dude and if you ever get that chance to see him read or talk with him, we suggest you do so.

Direct download: Episode_17__Dan_Magers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

In this episode we sit down with Leigh Stein, author of the novel The Fallback Plan, a book of poems, Dispatch From The Future, and co-host of the reading series[with Sasha Fletcher] The Book Report. We talked with Leigh about writing memoir, dealing with trauma/grief and how that affects the process of writing, her new venture called BinderCon, standing up to online misogyny in the literary community, and a gang of other things--including Civil War reenactments. We can safely say this: Leigh is rad, and you should check out everything she does. 

Direct download: Episode_16__Leigh_Stein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

In this episode we hang out with Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouCelebrity Book Review columnist for Electric Literature, and all-around lady of letters. We talk about the long and tough road to getting a book published, how to immerse oneself into a literary scene, how to keep laughing, and what it's like to live in three places at one time. There is a lot of good advice for everyone in this episode. We hope you dig Courtney as much as we do.

Direct download: Episode_15__Courtney_Maum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm EDT

Do you love the internet? Do you love books? In this episode, we hang with someone who loves both more than anyone you could ever hope to meet, Buzzfeed Books' managing editor, Isaac Fitzgerald. We talk about his career path from The Rumpus to McSweeney's and his move across America to New York City and Buzzfeed. We had a great time with Isaac and we know you will have a great time, too. Pop open a cold something and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_14__Isaac_Fitzgerald.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT