If You're Just Joining Us with Jon Armstrong
By Jon Armstrong
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\"Jon Armstrong is a novelist, but his abilities as an interviewer of an eclectic selection of authors and artisans demonstrate a fluency in intellectually rewarding yet unpretentious and warm conversation that I wouldn\'t expect from someone who has devoted himself to that solitary trade. The audio editing on his podcast stands out as thoughtful and witty, and the playful musical transitions often have me searching for the music. This show is professional grade. It could -- and should -- replace any number of better-known interview programs on public radio.\" -- iTunes review by Pinkhamster 2011 (Edited for length.)
||Paul Witcover Talks Lost, Clocks, Writing, Style, Entertainment, Sales||Paul Witcover returns to the podcast to talk about his wonderful new novel, The Emperor of All Things (Amazon). Paul is the author of several novels, including Tumbling After, and Waking Beauty(Amazon [...]||2/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gretchen McNeil Talks Singing, Circus, Religion, Upcoming Books, Christopher Pike||Gretchen McNeil is is a former coloratura soprano and a writer. Her young adult horror novel, Possess, was about a teen exorcist. Her follow up was a young adult horror/suspense novel about ten teens trapped on a [...]||1/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Douglas Lain Talks His New Novella, Bizarro Writing, Philosphy, Publishing||Douglas Lain is the author of Last Week’s Apocalypse, Fall Into Time, which are both short stories collections. Douglas returns to talk about his new novella, Wave of Mutilation (Amazon Link). Jeffrey Ford [...]||12/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Bowes Talks What’s Forbidden, Writing, The Underwear Collector, Memory||Richard Bowes has published five novels, two collections of short fiction and fifty short stories and articles. Recent and forthcoming stories appear in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and [...]||12/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eugene Myers Talks His YA Novel Fair Coin, Fantasy and SciFi, Parallel Universes, Spoilers.||Eugene has published science fiction and fantasy short stories in a number of magazines and anthologies such as Sybil’s Garage, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Fair Coin (Amazon) is his first [...]||11/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Tremblay Talks Donkeys, The Subconscious, Fear, and Dystopia||Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep,No Sleep Till Wonderland, and his latest is Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye. His two short story collections are Compositions for the Young and [...]||10/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Book Reviewer Paul Goat Allen Talks 2011′s Best Apocalyptic Fiction and Pajama Jeans||Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades. He has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago [...]||2/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Dempsey Talks Death, Noir, The Future, Writing for TV, and Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche||Michael Dempsey’s first novel, Necropolis (Amazon), is not his first foray into writing. Not by a long shot. He’s a veteran of Hollywood most notably CBS’s Cybillstarring Cybill Shepherd and has sold and [...]||12/31/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lauren Beukes Talks Zoo City, Research, Slumlands of Johannesburg, Face Recognition||Lauren Beukes is the author of Zoo City, (Amazon) an alternate world thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. It won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke [...]||11/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Anthony Durham Talks Acacia, YA, Writing Rituals, Scottland||David Anthony Durham, who returns to the podcast for the third time, has just finished his fantasy trilogy with The Sacred Band: Book Three of the Acacia Trilogy(Amazon). We talk about writing rituals, long [...]||10/29/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
everyone should know who this writer is!
i just discovered this podcast, but i recently read jon's novel Grey and it is so good! to provide a point of refrence, imagine michael chabon's eye for characterization, stephen king's dialouge, and stephen millhauser's sense of absurd whimsy. i can't wait for his next book!
The best interview podcast or radio show I know of (and I
Jon Armstrong is a novelist, but his abilities as an interviewer of an eclectic selection of authors and artisans demonstrate a fluency in intellectually rewarding yet unpretentious and warm conversation I wouldn't expect from someone who's devoted himself to that solitary trade. The audio editing on his podcast stands out as thoughtful and witty, with playful musical transitions (that often have me searching for more music by the musicians chosen) and subtly employed sound effects (in the author readings occasionally included in interviews). Only the meat of the conversations between the interviewer and subjects is presented; none of the rambling and self-indulgence that mars so many other interview podcasts is allowed here. This show is professional grade. It could -- and should -- replace any number of better-known interview programs on public radio.
Eclectic, soothing, unpretentious
I second everything Pinkhamster wrote. Jon Armstrong's If You're Just Joining Us are perfect 20-30 min episodes of thoughtful, intelligent, and relaxed discussion with writers, for the most part. The host is always prepared and always asks interesting questions. The podcast is quite soothing, with Jon's voice and the low-volume background of minimalist jazzy lounge music. Check out Jon's talks with book reviewer Paul Goat Allen, writer Will McIntosh, and writer Alan Dean Foster among other excellent episodes. It's not updated that consistently, but it IS active and there's a good archive. Well worth subscribing to, and highly recommended.
Jon Armstrong is a gifted writer himself -- look up YARN and GREY.