Well, it’s here. After months of threatening and minutes of assembling (spread out over more months), the WHAT ARE YOU READING? podcast is finally a thing!

(You can also download it directly from here. iTunes is coming as soon as they accept my RSS feed.)

Episode 1 of WHAT ARE YOU READING? featuring the great Jenna Stern. (You can also find her on Twitter here.) We talk about how she grew up reading NYC books from the opposite coast, what she did to earn the unending hatred of Paul Auster, and “dad dates.”

I’ll be putting these up every other Thursday. Today is a Friday, yes, but I had a wee bit o’ trouble with the podcast hosts at Libsyn. (Hint for future podcasters: always pick the FTP option vs. uploading from your hard drive! This will save you many hours of valuable swearing and muttering.) Each episode will run no more than 30 minutes unless, by some stroke of luck, Kurt Vonnegut finally answers my letters. That guy can have all the podcast talk-time in the world! Fingers crossed for Vonnegut, everyone!

Episode 2, in two weeks, will feature me chatting with the beloved Ken Plume about Dick Cavett, the Black Cauldron, and A Night to Remember. Episode 3 will feature music producer, writer, and archivist Andy Zax in a conversation about the books that broke our damn brains.

I hope you listen to the show, and I look forward to hearing your feedback. I also look forward to making a better cover image for the podcast, but you know: baby steps.

10 Responses to “New Podcast: WHAT ARE YOU READING?”

  1. Some Guy says:

    Hey, I’d like to listen to your podcast but I’m not an itunes user. Can you send me the link to your RSS feed and add that link to your podcast page on this site?

    B-Money out.

  2. Matt says:

    Just added a link to the page. Let me know if it works. Thanks!


  3. Matt says:

    Also, you can click the player right on that podcast page, and it’ll play live in your browser.

  4. Some Guy says:

    Thanks, that worked. I actually use a podcast player on my phone, so having the RSS is useful. Looking forward to listening to the Dana Stevens and Ben Blacker episodes.

  5. Matt says:

    Great! What player are you using, by the way?

  6. Some Guy says:

    None of them did the things I wanted an I was curious about Android so I wrote my own.

  7. Found you via Slate gabfest recommendation… Listened to the first part of the Stephen King episode… The interview is surprisingly hilarious.

    I’m still team “Christine.” Apparently my teenage-girl self loved the formulaic King

  8. Matt says:

    @Some Guy – I didn’t know that was a thing people did! That’s incredibly cool!

  9. Matt says:

    Hi, Victoria! I’m glad you liked it! I do try and keep the interviews fun. It’s funny — one thing I didn’t mention in the interview was that Christine was a book I read twice in a row, and it was only on the second reading that I felt it didn’t hold up. The first time, I loved it like crazy and had to petition my English teacher to let me write a book report with the word “shitters” in it because, as I explained, it was crucial to the plot.

    By the way, your site is very cool! Thank you for posting here!


  10. Michelle says:

    What Druid book are you and Karen talking about?

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