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If You're Just Joining Us with Jon Armstrong

By Jon Armstrong

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Jon Armstrong interviews authors, artists, designers, thinkers, cooks. If You're Just Joining Us has a SciFi slant, but is never limits itself to the expected. Ultimately it's a show about what people do and what makes them special.

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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.

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