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Episode 257: Andrea Kleine and Jamila Osman

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This week, having wrapped up our Fall of Finales but not quite ready for our annual Holiday Spectacular, we decided that we’d each pick a short piece we read recently and loved. Which led us to two essays: Andrea Kleine’s “Once Upon a Time in New York: A Sublet of One’s Own,” from Lit Hub, and Jamila Osman’s “A Map of Lost Things: On Family, Grief, and the Meaning of Home,” from Catapult.

We talked about what makes great literary essays stand out from the pack, teaching college students how to write interesting nonfiction, and how to take familiar subjects and make them your own. In the second half of the show, we talk about recent reports that show fiction sales in decline, and which seem to blame the low numbers on our current presidential administration.

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Author: mikeingram25

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One thought on “Episode 257: Andrea Kleine and Jamila Osman

  1. Tom, I’m curious which two of the Buster Scruggs stories you thought were great. The one with Liam Neeson might be my favorite- I still find myself thinking about it sometimes. I also like the dark comedy in the Franco one, and the final carriage ride drama worked well as a finale.

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