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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: Take This Job And Shove It

Summer’s over, listeners, and this week shit’s getting real. We talk about writers in academia, specifically adjunct instructors. How long should you do it? Do the benefits of teaching outweigh the costs, financial and otherwise? We discuss our own experiences, both as adjuncts and as full-time (though non-tenure-track) instructors, and ponder how it is that so many supposedly liberal, labor-friendly academics conveniently turn a blind eye to the plight of their part-time faculty brethren.

Also, we answer a question about the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction, and defend our ratings system against a past guest who thinks we’re lousy at math.

As always, you can stream or download the episode right here on our site, or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can quickly catch up on past episodes, and subscribe, so you never miss another one. While you’re there, please consider leaving us a rating and a comment, which will help us reach new listeners. And if you like the show, tell your book-loving friends! A special thanks to all of you who’ve been spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook and your open car windows.

Writers: Only a couple weeks left to register for our Philadelphia conference, Sept. 28 at UArts in Center City. It’ll only cost you $65 ($55 if you’re a student) and features a keynote by J. Robert Lennon, a full day of panels and craft sessions, and a boxed-wine happy hour at which there’s a pretty good chance one (or both) of us will get kinda drunk. Check out the conference site for a full schedule, and to sign up.

Please consider making a donation to help us keep doing the show for free. Just click on the piggy bank over there on the right. For $10 or more, we’ll write you a custom blurb and read it on the air. Also, if you’re going to buy books online, considering doing so at Powell’s, a great indie bookstore in Portland that also sponsors our show. If you use any of the links on our page to get to Powell’s (like the one at the bottom of this post) we’ll get a little kickback for every dollar you spend at their site.


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