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Tough love for literature

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Writers Ask: Long Live Beaver College

We’re joined this week by Joshua Isard, author of Conquistador of the Useless and director of the Arcadia University low-residency MFA program. Josh helps us answer questions about reading your own reviews, what you can do with your MFA, and why getting out of the country for a week can be good for your writing. We also subject Josh to our patented Book Fight Lightning Round.


For reasons that will become clear once you listen to the episode, here is a link to an animated gif of Babe Ruth’s (possibly huge) penis. For reasons that should already be clear, here is a link to information about the low-residency program at Arcadia.

As always, you can listen to the episode here on our site, or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and download as many of our back episodes as you like. While you’re on the iTunes site, please consider leaving us a review, which helps us reach new fans.

Thanks for listening!

Oh, one final note: We’ve now opened voting for our listener-chosen bonus episode. We promised to do this if we reached our fundraising goal, and we did, so we’re keeping to our word. We’ll read whichever book gets the most votes, whether it’s The Silver Linings Playbook, Bruthas, or something that is actually good. It’s up to you! You can vote here, on our Support page.


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Writers Ask: Katherine Hill

This week we’re welcoming back our friend Katherine Hill, author of the novel The Violet Hour, out this year from Scribner and endorsed by Oprah! Katherine helps us answer questions about low-residency MFA programs (she went to Bennington) and working a writing-related job while trying to write a novel.


We also talk about YA novels, perpetual adolescence, lightning strikes on Amtrak trains, offensive mascots, Philly vs. Princeton, and why we can’t get more ladies to join us in Tom’s basement.

Please help support the show by clicking on any of the Powell’s links on our page–including the cover image of Katherine’s book above. If you use our site to get to theirs, Powell’s will donate a percentage of any money you spend to our show, helping us keep the metaphorical (and literal) lights on. We’re also gearing up for our annual fund drive, kind of like NPR but with much lower stakes. So get ready for that. We promise not to be too annoying.

As always, you can download the episode here on our site, or stream it by clicking on the little player thingy below. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and never miss another episode. Thanks for listening!


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