Welcome to another Sunday playlist. I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I’m currently writing a book, and it is just as difficult and frustrating as everyone always says. One of the ways I avoid growling at everybody I meet is to listen to other writers talking about how they get their work done, and so that’s the theme of the recommendations I have for you this week.
This brilliant show sadly went on an indefinite hiatus in June 2016, but there are still 53 episode available for you to listen to. In each one, two writers each read from a new piece of writing they’re working on — sometimes an essay, sometimes a novel, sometimes a short story, sometimes a non-fiction book — and discuss it. Which episodes you’ll enjoy most really depends on what kind of writing you like, but here are three with authors I rate: Miranda K Pennington, Jami Attenburg and Leslie Jamison.
Pretty much the same premise as Catapult, except a rather more DIY production setup and more of a focus on the study of creative writing (which I find fascinating because I’ve never been to a single class on it yet it is somehow part of my job now). For once, I recommend you start at the beginning, just because this interview with Emily St John Mandel is so bloody brilliant.
And finally, the famous one. It’s well known for a good reason, though, because the calibre of guest is very high and the interviewers are very pleasant to listen to. I liked these episodes, but you can really dive in anywhere: Rukmini Callimachi, Ana Marie Cox and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I am aware that these are all quite American, though. If you know of any good writers/writing-based podcasts with non-American authors, please let me know!
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