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Otherppl with Brad Listi

By Brad Listi

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A twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. Hosted by Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

Customer Reviews

A Better Book Podcast

I used to listen to a lot of book podcasts. The NY Times had one. There's that BookWorm guy. The Bat Segundo thing. I used to listen to a lot of them. They were usually all talking about the same things. They were sort of an echo chamber. And they were pretentious. I stopped listening to all of them. Then I found this one somehow. It's a real pleasure. Brad Listi finds interesting guests who aren't the usual suspects, though if you follow publishing you will have heard of many of them. Incredibly, they manage not to spend every hour talking about Jonathan Franzen. They talk about books and writing and what they do with their lives. There's inevitably a self-seriousness that creeps into any discussion of writers and writing which can be a little hard to listen to at times. Earnest discussions about how tweets are composed creep me out. Other than that, I enjoy this show, and I appreciate that Mr. Listi turns them out with such frequency. Doing so many shows so quickly certainly makes it impossible to do much in the way of preparation, but I think that actually makes the show stronger in a way, so that listeners often discover the author at the same time as the interviewer. While in written interviews, I'd want to see just the opposite, in this format, it works very nicely. If you care anything about writing or publishing, this is a terrific podcast.

A fantastic podcast

The best book podcast I've ever listened to. Each episode's interview is a self contained nugget of insight on specific subjects the author is knowledgable about - and they all tend to say things about writing and book consumption, the industry and how it all fits together. I don't say insight flippantly either; every episode has given me something to consider. It's mind broadening stuff. This podcast is getting better by the episode, and the backlog is definitely a sight to behold. Or a listen to behold, perhaps.

Highly recommended.

a complete and total delight

I heard about this show on a literary blog I read and thought it sounded interesting. I downloaded the Dennis Cooper episode and gave it a listen. Confronted with Mr. Listi's opening monologue I was a bit surprised, "Who is this guy? What is he talking about?" But after a minute or two of Brad's rambling thoughts I realized that I liked him, like when you meet a friend of a friend at a party and maybe yr guarded at first but after a bit of conversation you find yrself thinking, "yeah I could hang out with this guy." Which is sort of important to one's enjoyment of any hour-long podcast.

Once the interview started I was completely hooked. This is EXACTLY the type of thing I want to be hearing all the time. Long conversations with creative people that are not part of a press-junket where the person being interviewed has already answered the same questions thirty times that day. Just sincere, interesting dialogue with no quirkiness or pretense. Brad talks like a normal guy, he's not a silly character trying to get his jokes in or impress anybody and I appreciate that so much.

I've only been listening to it for a few weeks now but it is already a favorite podcast of mine. If you are interested in books or writers or writing I could not recommend it more.

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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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