George Saunders Talks with Dana Spiotta on the Talkhouse Podcast

The two award-winning authors talk about why it’s important to read fiction right now and Jesus the Temple-trashing tough guy.

Today’s episode is produced in collaboration with Murmrr Ballroom and Community Bookstore.

We are so pleased to, for the first time on the Talkhouse Podcast, present two authors in conversation. And what authors!

To celebrate George Saunders’ new short story in the New Yorker, his appearance on Cheryl Strayed’s new podcast Sugar Calling, and many of us having a little more time to read now, we wanted to share from our digital vault his wonderful 2018 talk with Dana Spiotta.

George and Dana share quite a bit in their conversation, including: why it’s important to read fiction right now; trying to write in the style of ’90s chat rooms; Jesus the Temple-trashing tough guy; and… dreaming of goiters.

This show includes great readings by both authors, and kicks off with a live intro from Michael Miller of Bookforum. It closes with an audience q and a. Check it out.

Huge thanks to Brian Kelly and all at Murmrr. Also to Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn; they’re one of the greats here in New York, and during this time of social isolation, are still open for deliveries, with free media mail.

Regular listeners might remember we collaborated with these great folks on previous episodes including Jeff Tweedy with Abbi Jacobson and Judd Apatow with David Duchovny.

Today’s show was recorded in Brooklyn by Justin Hrabovsky, Eric Lemke and our co-producer Mark Yoshizumi.

The Talkhouse Podcast theme song was composed and performed by The Range.

Please direct all podcast-related ideas, vitriol and compliments to elia@thetalkhouse.com or @eliaeinhorn on Twitter.

(Original Photo Credit: Mark Yoshizumi; Edited by: Keenan Kush)

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