Rebecca Curtis's short stories are often told by narrators who are unafraid to tell you exactly what they think--this is just one element of what's so great about her work. Curtis has published five short stories in the New Yorker (plus a lot more elsewhere) and her work certainly breaks the mold of the "New Yorker" short story. Her tales are bold, outrageous, and beautifully dark, almost gothic. In this episode, Eric and Rebecca discuss Rebecca's long career publishing in the magazine and elsewhere; her hiatus from writing publishing short stories; the nature of 'frame' stories; belief in ghosts; what it's like working with different New Yorker editors; Rebecca's experience studying fiction and poetry at Syracuse University's MFA program; and so much more. A long, candid conversation with one of the magazine's most distinct voices.
It is the summer fiction issue, and this week Dan and Eric talk--lamely--about how exhausted they both are. Apparently, parenting, teaching, writing and podcasting has caught up with them, and they spend a minute or two discussing the depths of their fatigue, like the two middle-aged Jewish men that they are. They also discuss Amy Davidson Sorkin on European politics; Jennifer Egan's memories of 1980s adventures in China; an excerpt called "Conductions" from Ta Nehisi Coates's upcoming novel, about an abolitionist tasking for the underground railroad; and, to wrap things up, Dan and Eric discuss a 1975 issue of the New Yorker and a movie review written by Pauline Kael. Enjoy, my friends, more next week.
On this episode, Dan discusses how being a podcast host has led him to be overly confident about his knowledge of facts; Eric counters by reflecting on his over-enthusiasm and thoughtless reliance on broad adjectives. They also discuss matters of greater substance: Margaret Talbot on US immigration policy; reporter William Finnegan and his thoughtful piece about presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke; Pulitzer prize winner Emily Nussbaum on television in the #metoo era; and Rivka Galchen on the story behind the creation of Curious George. A nice, long episode, with lots of good banter and discussion.
Dan and Eric had a good time this episode. They have a lengthy talk about Jeffrey Toobin's piece on Roe v. Wade and the abandonment of stare decisis; they chat about Mark Singer's profile of Deadwood showrunner David Milch; and they discuss Ben Lerner's novel excerpt. To wrap things up, Dan talks about the New Yorker Radio Hour, and a conversation between David Remnick and Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Eric gives the rundown of Hilton Als' piece on a current production of Sam Shepard's "The Curse of the Starving Class." A must-listen.
Dan and Eric discuss Elizabeth Kolbert and her piece about the destruction of biodiversity and the change of the climate; essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan, and his profile of contemporary folk musician Rhiannon Giddens; and novelist Camille Bordas and the intricacies of her lovely short story, her third in the magazine. Plus: D & E discuss the most recent episodes of the New Yorker Fiction podcast and the New Yorker Radio Hour. Not to be missed!!!
In this exciting episode, Dan and Eric talk about: their yin and yang; Margaret Talbot on the spinelessness of Trump appointees and Jeffrey Toobin on the effectiveness of Trump's Roy Cohn-inspired approach to governing; Vinson Cunningham and his journey in getting to know comedian and actor Tracy Morgan; Lauren Goff's hard-edged new story, "Brawler"; an old Roger Angell piece about New Yorker fiction; and John Cassidy's series of insightful pieces about Donald Trump and the New York Times' revelations that he lost nearly a billion dollars in ten years. Take a listen, you will enjoy!
This week! Dan and Eric dicuss Jeffrey Toobin's piece about Michael Cohen, his history, his illegal deeds and how he turned on Trump; Rivka Galchen on the past, present and future of lunar travel and moon mythology; Adam Kirsch on Jewish philosopher Martin Buber and his beliefs about intimacy with God; Benjamin Wallace-Wells critique of David Brooks' most recent book; and Eric's experience seeing Hilton Als speak with poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Michael Dickman. Plus: the Goose shows up, on the pod and on the potty.
Dan and Eric talk about Dan's recent hosting of Yiyun Li at Bryn Mawr College, and how she knows when a short story is complete; Amy Davidson Sorkin on the Mueller report and the profanity of Trump and his cronies; Rebecca Mead's piece about Airbnb in Barcelona; Greg Jackson's current story, "Poetry," and his earlier story, "Wagner in the Desert"; Nicholas Lemann on a new biography of John Hersey; Amanda Petrusich on a Jewish jazz trumpeter who performed for the Nazis, and spent the rest of his life in gratitude to jazz for saving him, in many ways; and Dan talks about recent reading of short story writer, William Trevor. Plus, as always, so much more.
This week, Dan and Eric have a wide-ranging conversation. They discuss their respective Passover weekends, Dan's spend in DC, Eric's on Long Island; David Remnick's piece on the osmotic relationship between Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu; Ben Taub's remarkable piece on a relationship formed in Guantanamo Bay (plus a lot more.) The two also revisit last week's conversation about Isaac Chotiner's New Yorker Interview with Brett Easton Ellis; discuss Catherine Lacey's Gogolian new short story and the New Yorker's history of eschewing 'writer-consciousness'; and Eric recaps D.T. Max's profile of playwright Lucas Hnath. That's a lot for one episode!
Dan and Eric talk about how tired they tend to get every April; Toobin's reporting on William Barr (is he just doing Trump's bidding? All signs point to yes.); Jonathan Dee's excellent review of a Nelson Algren biography; Pat Barker and her harrowing yet witty short story; the Isaac Chotiner/Bret Easton Ellis interview that went viral; and Hilton Als' very critical review of Sam Gold's production of King Lear.