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Beyond The Zero

By Dick's Pizza Media

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Gabriel Blackwell

Beyond The Zero May 02, 2022



Alice Jolly


Gateway books /authors 

Graham Greene 

E.M. Forster 

Current reads / recently enjoyed/ looking forward to 

House of Doors - Tan Tan Eng

North Woods - Daniel Mason (Sept)

Desert Island Books:

The Chosen -  Elizabeth Lowry 

Poems of R.S. Thomas 

Return of The Soldier - Rebecca West 

Light Years - James Salter 

Shirley Hazard - The Great Fire 

Omensetter’s Luck - William H Gass

Last Exit to Brooklyn - Robert Selby Jr

Jun 01, 202358:52
John Wray - Gone To The Wolves

John Wray - Gone To The Wolves

John Wray

Buy Gone to The Wolves here

Gateway books 

Lord of the Rings

Alice in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass

Sherwood Anderson - Winesburg - Ohio

William S Burroughs 

Current reads /looking forward to 

Red Dragon - Thomas Harris 

I’m With The Band - Pamela Des Barres

La Capital - The Biography of Mexico City - Jonathan Kandell

Biography of X - Catherine Lacy 

Trust - Hernan Diaz 

Desert Island books 

Alice and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

Islandia - Austin Tappan Wright

Collected Short Stories of Anton Chekov 

The Palm Wine Drinkard - Amos Tutuola

Ross MacDonald - Collection 

Lincoln in The Bardo - George Saunders 

Shirley Hazzard - The Transit of Venus 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce

I Am Ozzy - Ozzie Osbourne 

May 24, 202343:34


Paul Dalgarno

@PaulDalgarno Twitter 

@narrativefriction Instagram 

Gateway books 


Catch 22 

How Late it Was, How Late - James Kelman 

The Trick is to Keep Breathing - Janice Galloway 

Also mentioned - Jenni Fagan 

Current reads / Looking forward to 

Dress Rehearsals - Madison Godfrey 

Here be Monsters - Richard King 

Wall - Jen Craig 

Desert Island Books 

Don Quixote 

Hopscotch - Julio Cortazár

Loitering With Intent - Muriel Spark 

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg

The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead 

Too Much Lip - Melissa Lucashenko

Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky 

The Buried Giant -  Kazuo Ishiguro 

Wuthering Heights - Brontë

Frankenstein - Mary Shelly 

May 19, 202301:27:52


Seth Rogoff

Buy his book here

Gateway books 

Gore Vidal 

Herman Hesse - Steppenwolf

Heinrich von Kleist - Michael Kohlhaas 

James Baldwin - Another Country 

To The Light House - Virginia Woolf

Danilo Kiš - Garden Ashes

Current reads 

Adam Ehrlich Sachs - Organs of Sense Heavy: An American Memoir - Kiese Laymon Faces in The Crowd - Valeria Luiselli  Mr Samler’s Planet - Bellow  Three Days Before the Shooting - Ellison 

Desert island books 

Kafka - The Castle 

Jean Rhys - Good Morning Midnight

Seymour an Introduction - J.D Salinger 

Waiting for The Barbarians - Coetzee 

The Mediterranean - Fernand Braudel 

The Bible - God (tbc) 

May 13, 202301:27:04
Garin Cycholl - Rx

Garin Cycholl - Rx

Garin Cycholl 


Buy Rx here

Gateway books 

Maximus Poems -  Charles Olsen 

Barry Hannah - Ray and Airships 

Laird Hunt - Indiana Indiana, Zorrie 

Ben Metcalf - Against The Country

Mike Davis - City of Quartz

Current reads 

Percival Everett - The Trees 

Hanif Abdurraqib - A Little Devil in America 

Solenoid - Cartarescu 

Alexander Hammond - The World and All That it Holds 

Dan Egan - The History of Phosphorus 

Colson Whitehead - Crook Manifesto 

Desert island Books 

Poe Stories 

Brothers K - Dostoyevsky 

The Recognitions - Gaddis 

Inherent Vice - Pynchon 

Suttree - McCarthy 

Cecilia Vicuña - poems 

The Plains - Murnane 

Woolf - The Waves 

M.F.K Fisher - The Gastronomical Me

Ed Roberson - To See the Earth Before The End of The World 

Mickle Maher - The Stangerer 

May 05, 202338:42
Maxwell Olin Massa - HOUSE OF APOLLO

Maxwell Olin Massa - HOUSE OF APOLLO

Maxwell Olin Massa

Buy House of Apollo here

Outlook English program links 

Outlook English explores the dairy farm: Outlook English experiences Beijing culture: Outlook English welcomes the Beijing Olympics (ep. 1): Outlook English welcomes the Beijing Olympics (ep. 2): Outlook English welcomes the Beijing Olympics (ep. 3): Outlook English welcomes the Beijing Olympics (ep. 4): Outlook English welcomes the Beijing Olympics (ep. 5):

Gateway Books 

Mervyn Peake - Gormenghast  Walter M. Miller JR -  A Canticle for Leibowitz

Current reads 

The Iliad 

Desert Island Books 

Poetry Han Shan  The Iliad  Diary of Samuel Pepys

May 01, 202341:15
Chris Andrews
Apr 20, 202347:35
Garden of Seven Twilights - Miquel de Palol with MAX LAWTON

Garden of Seven Twilights - Miquel de Palol with MAX LAWTON

Max Lawton 


Buy Miquel de Palol’s The Garden of Seven Twilights from

Upcoming projects and publications 

Upcoming 2023 - New Sorokin short stories, Blue Laird. 

Schattenfroh -  Michael Lenz (Sample) 


Songs of Chaos - Antonio Moresco (sample)


Oğuz Atay - Tutunamayanlar (The Disconnected)

Current read and recommendations 

Out of The World / Wolves from The Forest of Eternity - Knausgaard

The Shards - BEE

Hakan Günday - books

Cormac McCarthy - The Passenger/Stella Maris 

Apr 04, 202346:43
Youval Shimoni - THE SALT LINE with Philip Hollander

Youval Shimoni - THE SALT LINE with Philip Hollander

The Salt Line by Youval Shimoni 

Translated by Michael Sharp 

Available through

Philip Hollander

Gateway books /authors 

Yoseph Chaim Brenner 

Currently reading 

The Salt Line and The Room by Youval Shimoni 

Looking forward to - Through the Transparent Floor - Youval Shimoni 

Desert island books 

Even-Shoshan Dictionary Shai Agnon - Only Yesteryear and Simple Story  ימי צקלג, - S. Yizhar (Days of Ziklag) Yaakov Shabtai - זכרון דברים - (Past Continuous) William Falkner - Light in August 

Mar 30, 202301:00:03
A.V. Marracchini - WE THE PARASITES

A.V. Marracchini - WE THE PARASITES

A.V. Marraccini


Buy We The Parasites here: 

Gateway books /authors 

Susan Sontag  Ursula Le Guin  The Iliad

Current Reads 

Esther Kinsky - Rombo - Trans - Caroline Schmidt  Marco Polo’s Travels - Trans - Nigel Cliff

Desert Island/ Windowless data centre books 

Leob Classical Library editions 
Mar 26, 202351:27


Richard Milward

Buy Man-Eating Typewriter here:

Playlist -

Gateway books / writers

Alan Warner - Morvern Callar

Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting

Richard Brautigan


Hunter. S. Thomson - Naked Lunch

Nadia - André Breton



Current reads / recently enjoyed / looking forward

Charles Bukowski - Post Office

New American Poetry - 1945-1960

Ali Millar - The Last Days

Interviews with Francis Bacon - David Sylvester

Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History - Derek Sayer

Alex Danchev - Magritte - A Life

Desert Island Books

Lolita and Pale Fire - Nabokov

The Essential Ginsburg

Gravity’s Rainbow

Monument Maker - David Keenan

Mark Polizzotti - The Life of André Breton

Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 - Georges Bataille

Patrick DeWitt- The Sisters Brothers

The Giro Playboy - Michael Smith

Mar 17, 202301:00:06
Christopher Bollen - THE LOST AMERICANS

Christopher Bollen - THE LOST AMERICANS

Christopher Bollen - The Lost Americans

@christbollen instagram

@christobollen twitter

Gateway books/authors

Agatha Christie

Kurt Vonnegut

Sylvia Plath

Joan Didion

Current reads/ recently enjoyed/ looking forward to

Hernán Díaz - Trust

Fruiting Bodies: Stories - Kathryn Harlan

If I Survive You - Jonathan Escoffery

Desert Island Books

Graeme Green - The Quite American, The Comedians, Ministry of Fear

The Executioners Song - Norman Mailer

The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

Allan Hollinghurst - The Folding Star

Agatha Christie - Then There Where None, Death on the Nile, A Murder is Announced

Joan Didion - After Henry

Mar 16, 202342:29
Andrés Neuman - BARILOCHE

Andrés Neuman - BARILOCHE

Andrés Neuman

Buy Bariloche here:

Currently reading / recently enjoyed /looking

The Care Manifesto 

Las malas -Camila Sosa Villada

Armonía Somers

Mariana Enriquez - Alguien camina sobre tu tumba

Delphine Horvilleur - Living With Our Dead Ones

Partes de guerra - Jorge Volpi

Elena Garro - Los recuerdos del porvenir / Recollections of Things to Come

Yuri Herrera - Ten Planets

Mar 14, 202301:19:21
Oliver Mol - TRAINLORD

Oliver Mol - TRAINLORD

Oliver Mol


Buy the book here :


Gateway books

Henry Sugar - Roald Dahl

Tintin - Hergé.

Current reads / recently enjoyed / looking forward to

A Fan’s Notes - Frederick Exley

Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

Willa Cather - My Ántonia

Robbie Arnott - Limberlost

Constance Debré - Play Boy

Cold Enough For Snow - Jessica Au

Mariana Enriquez - Our Share of Night

Desert Island Books

Alejandro Zambra - Bonsai

Train Dreams / Angels - Denis Johnson

Tove Jansson - The Summer Book

Paul Bowles - The Sheltering Sky

Banana Yoshimoto - Kitchen

Battles in the Desert - José Emilio Pacheco

The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien

Mar 09, 202301:22:49
Natasha Wimmer - VOYAGER by Nona Fernández

Natasha Wimmer - VOYAGER by Nona Fernández

Natasha Wimmer

Buy Voyager by Nona Fernández here

Currently working on:

Falsa Guerra — Carlos Manuel Álvarez

Álvaro Enrigue - You Dreamed of Empires

Gateway books

Nada - Carmen Laforet

Claudine novels - Colette

Norman Rush - Mating

Willa Cather - Song of the Lark

V.S. Naipaul - A House for Mr Biswas

Ben Lerner - Leaving the Atocha Station

Current reads /recently enjoyed

Enrique Krauze - Spinoza en el Parque México

Recollections of things to come - Elena Garro

Brenda Lozano - Loop

Catherine Lacey - Pew

Our Share of Night - Mariana Enriquez

Chilean Poet - Alejandro Zambra

The Body Where I Was Born - Guadalupe Nettel

Tomb Song: A Novel - Julián Herbert

Desert Island Books

To The Light House - Virginia Woolf

In Search of Lost Time - Proust

The Complete Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Henry James - The Golden Bowl

Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain

Javier Mariás - Your Face Tomorrow series

Mar 02, 202338:32
Bruce Wagner

Bruce Wagner

Buy Roar here:

Bruce Wagner

Gateway books /authors

Jean Genet

Raymond Radiguet

Henry Miller

Hubert Selby Jr- The Room

Kim - Rudyard Kipling


Current reads /recently enjoyed

Lincoln in the Bardo

Cause Unknown - The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths - Ed Dowd

Desert Island book

The Conference of the Birds

Feb 24, 202354:38


DBC Pierre

Buy Big Snake Little Snake here :

Gateway books

Evelyn Waugh - Decline and Fall

On The Road - Kerouac

Gore Vidal - Duluth

Current reads/recently enjoyed/looking forward to

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Transylvania Trilogy - Miklós Bánffy

Grey Seas Under - Farley Mowat

Desert Island Books

Papillon - Henri Charrière

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Charles Mackay

Lila- Robert. M. Pirsig

The Complete Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova - Translated by Arthur Machen

Feb 17, 202301:19:17
Kate Evans - ABC Radio National

Kate Evans - ABC Radio National

Kate Evans



Gateway books

Ethel Turner - Seven Little Australians

Toni Morrison - Beloved

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

Michale Ondaatje - The English Patient / In the Skin of a Lion

Kerry Hume - The Bone People

Current Reads / recently enjoyed /looking forward to

Audrey Magee - The Colony

Age of Vice - Deepdi Kapoor

A Day of Fallen Night - Samantha Shannon

Sebastian Barry - Old God’s Time

Salman Rushdie - Victory City

Laura McPhee Brown - Little Plum

Alexis Wright - Praiseworthy

Melissa Lucahshenko’ - Edenglassie

Margaret Atwood - Old Babes in the Wood.

Mai Phan Que Nguyen - Dustchild

River Sing Me Home - Eleanor Shearer

Kevin Jared Hosein - Hungry Ghosts

Arinze Ifeakandu - God's Children Are Little Broken Things

Becky Manawatu - Auē

Desert Island books

In the Skin of A Lion - Michale Ondaatje

Toni Morrison - Beloved

Pat Barker - Regeneration Trilogy

Peter Carey - Illywacker

Fiona McFarlane - A Son Looked down

A.S. Byatt - Possession

Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall

Lousie Erdich - LaRose

Mick Herron - Slow Horses Series

Robbie Arnot - The Rain Heron

Feb 12, 202301:11:10


Ross Benjamin

Get The Kafka Diaries here

Gateway books / writers

Asimov - Foundation Trilogy


Joseph Roth




Ralph Ellison

Richard Wright

Cynthia Ozick

Current reads / recently enjoyed /Looking forward to

Daniel Deronda - George Eliot

Lydia Davis - Essays

David Means - Two Nurses Smoking

Fernando Pesoa - Book of Disquiet

Desert Island Books

Daniel Deronda - George Eliot

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice

Stoner - John Williams

Dune - Frank Herbert

James. M. Cain - The Postman Always Rings Twice/Double indemnity/Mildred Pearce

Keats - Complete Poems

Celan - Die Niemandsrose

Complete Shakespeare

The Idiot - Dostoyevsky

Kafka - Letters to Milena

The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

Feb 05, 202301:00:59


Dawn Raffel

Gateway books -

War and Peace

Grace Paley - Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

I Stand Here Ironing - Tillie Olsen

Flannery O’Connor

North American Review

The Quarterly

Current reads /Looking forward to

The Lighted Burrow: A Sanatorium Journal - Max Blecher

The Radezkey March - Joseph Roth

Moby Dick

The Jazz Palace - Mary Morris

The Kirschbaum Lectures - Seth Rogoff

Desert Island books

War and Peace

Metamorphosis - Ovid

A River Runs Through it - Norman Maclean

Jan 27, 202331:03
Merve Emre

Merve Emre

Merve Emre


Gateway books

Matilda - Roald Dahl

If On A Winters Night A Traveller - Calvino

A Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

Portrait of a Lady

Current reads /Looking forward to

Orlando Furioso - Ludovico Ariosto

Quaderno proibito (The Forbidden Notebook) - Alba de Céspedes - Translated by Ann Goldstein

Catherine Lacey - The Biography of X

White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin - Michael W. Clune

Desert Island books

Don Quixote - Cervantes

Clarissa - Samuel Richardson

Middlemarch - George Elliot

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - Erich Auerbach

Ulysses - Joyce

Collected Works of Beckett

Collected Diaries of Virginia Woolf

Translations by Anne Carson (With Greek)

The Last Samurai - Helen DeWitt

Septology - Jon Fosse

The Annotated Arabian Nights - New translation by Yasmine Seale

Jan 19, 202301:06:11


Ben Harnett

Get The Happy Valley here:

Gateway books


Moby Dick

Current reads

Nixon agonistes - Garry Wills

Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy - Elizabeth Popp Berman

Alec Guinness - Memoirs

We Have Never Been Modern - Bruno Latour

The Greeks and the irrational - E. R. Dodds

The Evening Hero - Marie Myong-Ok Lee

The Logic of Practice - Pierre Bourdieu

Iris Murdoch

Desert Island Books

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Capital and Ideology - Thomas Piketty

Jane Austen - Complete works

Moby Dick

Jan 12, 202337:05
Thomas Moore - FOREVER/ALONE

Thomas Moore - FOREVER/ALONE

Thomas Moore


Buy Alone and Forever here :

Other work here

Gateway books

George Bataille - Story of the Eye

Marguerite Duras - The Malady of Death

Denis Cooper

Lawerence Braithwaite - Wigger, Ratz are Nice

Yukio Mashima - Confessions of a Mask

Current Reads/recently enjoyed

Isabelle Nicou - Stricture

Audrey Szasz - Zealous Immaculate

Lindsay Lerman - What Are You

Nate Lippens - My Dead Book

Denis Cooper - I Wished

Looking forward to The Shards - Brett Easton Ellis

New stuff Phillip Best and Audrey Szasz

Desert Island Books

Denis Cooper - Period

Joan Didion - Play it as it Lays

Kevin Killian - Spread Eagle

Wigger - Lawrence Braithwaite

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Jan 06, 202347:40
Brendan Riley - ANTAGONY

Brendan Riley - ANTAGONY

Brendan Riley

Twitter @BPRileyCTSp2Eng

Buy Antagony here

Gateway Books


D.H. Lawerence

Aldus Huxley

Lauren Eisley

Peter Matthiessen

Michael Ondaatje

John McPhee

Gary Synder

Robinson Jeffers

Current Reads

London Fields - Martin Amis

Iain Sinclair - Down River

The Five - Hallie Rubenhold

Gary Snyder - The Great Clod

NeuroTribes - Steve Silberman

Literary Translations and the Making of Originals - Karen Emmerich

Desert Island Books

Collected Shakespeare

The Metamorphoses - Ovid

Moby Dick

Gary Snyders- Mountains and Rivers Without End

Collected Yates

Collected Borges

Cities of The Red Night - Burroughs

Absolom Absolom -

Dickens - Our Mutual Friend.

Dec 23, 202250:06
End of Year Special Part 3

End of Year Special Part 3

Due to Character limits Show full notes are here :

End of year Special part 3

Ryan O’Connor - Author of the Voids

Picks of 2022

Collected Fiction - Murnane Collected Fiction - Bruno Shultz Wendy Erskine - Dance Move Reality Hunger - David Sheilds Henry Miller - Wisdom of the Heart Russel Hoban - Ridley Walker Oscar Wilde - De Profundis Clarise Lispector - Aqua Aviva Pynchon CL40 Cendras - Confessions of Dan Yak Dermott Healy - Sudden Times The Goat Song The Orange Eats Creeps- Grace Krilanovich Ben Marcus - Age of Wire and String Mike McCormack- Solar Bones Fernada Melchor - Hurricane Season Pougemahone - Patrick McCabe Grimmish - Michael Winkler

Planning to read in 2023

Solenoid Dhalgren Waypoints David Keenan Ezra Maas Lazlo K

Thomas Moore

Picks of 2022

Stricture - Isabelle Nicou Zealous immaculate - Audrey Szasz 100 Boyfriends - Brontez Purnell

In 2023 -

Your Dreams - Thomas Moore New book by Audrey Szasz New Brett Easton Ellis

Emily Hall

2022 highlights

Bolano by Night in Chile Anna Kavan - Ice Jen Craig - Wall


Anne Truett - Diaries Jack Lowery - It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful A Furious Oyster- Jessica Sequeira Women in the Dunes - Kōbō Abe

Rikki Ducornet

Metazoa: Animal Minds and the Birth of Consciousness - Peter Godfrey-Smith Other Lands - Thomas Haliday

David Leo Rice

2022 highlights

Solenoid - Book of the year Opperation Shylock - Roth Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry Hurricane Season - Melchor 63: Dream Palace - James Purdy Motor Spirit - Jarett Kobeck The Gospel Singer - Harry Cruz A Scanner Darkly - PKD A Strangeness in My Mind - Orhan Palmuk The Black Maybe - Attilla Veres


Agota Kristóf - New translation Tono the Infallible - Evelio Rosero The Shards - BEE Our Share of Night - Mariana Enriquez Septology - Fosse A Different Darkness - Luigi Musolino The Autodidacts - Thomas Kendall The Passenger - Cormac McCarthy On the Marble Cliffs - Ernst Jünger

Dec 22, 202202:34:43
End of Year Special part 2

End of Year Special part 2

Due to character limits full show notes are available here

and limited notes are below 

Gabriel Blackwell and Elijah Moss

Gabriel’s Highlights:

Elfriede Jelinek - Greed Dog Solstadt’s Armand V Jon Fosse - Septology All of Jon Fosse’s Fiction - Boathouse, Alas at the Fire Hélène Gaudy- A World Without no Shore The Observant - Ravi Mangla Adam McComber- Fantasy Kit

Elijah Moss:

Tin Drum - Gunter Grass 2666 - Bolano The Tunnel - Gass Laughter in the Dark - Nabokov Ulysses - Joyce Age of Wire and String - Ben Marcus - Rilke - The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Letter of Humanism by Heidegger John Hawkes - The Cannibal, The Lime Twig, City of Glass - Paul Auster

Gabriel Looking Forward to:

Kathryn Gammon - The Martyrs The Lovers Jenn Craig’s Wall Miss Macintosh My Darling

Elijah Looking forward to

Clarice Lispector - Complete Collection Infinite Jest The Combinations by Louis Armand Middle C by William H Gass (reread) Gravity’s Rainbow

Iain Smith

Best Reads from 2022 The Logos by Mark De Silva Waypoint - By Adam Ouston St Sebastians Abyss - Mark Haber Rodrigo Fresan (the Remembered Part) Antagony - Goytisolo Doomtown by Gabriel Blackwell Mount Chicago by Adam Levin Solenoid Cartarescu

Others (non 2022)

Bubblegum by Adam Levin Monument Maker David Keenan

2023 Looking Forward To

The Garden of the Seven Twilights by Miquel de Palol Summa Kaotica by Ventura Amettler Marshland - Otohiko Kaga (trans, Albert Novac) - 960 pages The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier Lies and Sorcery by Elsa Morante (NYRB July next year)

Michael Winkler

Grimmish out in America through Coachhouse and in the UK through Peninsula in 2023


Ryan O’Connor - The Voids

Trainlord - Oliver Mol

Hold your Fire Chloe Wilson

She is Haunted - Paige Clarke

Beth Spencer - The Age of Fibs

Adam Ouston - Waypoints

Ben Walter - What Fear Was

Limberlost - Robbie Arnott

2023 looking forward to

Prince Harry

Wall - Jen Craig

Robert Skinner - I’d Rather Not

Avner Landes


Curzio Malaparte - The Skin

Looking forward to

Tomas Nevison - Javier Marias

Dec 22, 202201:41:39
End of Year Special Part 1

End of Year Special Part 1

Full show notes available here

Travis Meyer

Best of the Year

Satantango Laszlo K Manifold Destiny - Rick from Only Fans Darconville’s Cat - no comment :) Jerusalem - Alan Moore Under the Volcano Unidentified man at left of photo - Jeff Bursey Richard Braugitan - The Abortion The Luminous Novel - Levrero Lost Empress - Sergio De La Pava

Next year

Franzen - Crossroads Louis Armand - The Combinations The Pale King 7 Dreams Anatomy of Melancholy Solenoid Theroux Alan More Adam Levin - Mt Chicago

Ben Diamond - London

Best of the Year

Companion Piece - Ali Smith

Courtneay S Gray

Best of the Year

Hating Olivia -  Mark SaFranko The Dry Heart Natalia Ginzburg Bright Lights Big City -JAY McInnerny RoadSide Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Jen Craig

Best of the Year

Wall - coming out through Zerogram and Puncher and Wattman Emily Hall - The Longcut Mauro Javier Cardenes - Aphasia Gabriel Blackwell - Doomtown Geoffrey De Morriosn - Falling Hour Bon and Lesley - Shaun Prescott Is Mother Dead - Vigdis Hjorth Malina - Inneborg Bachmann Laslo K - War and War

Daniel Davis Wood

Splice Submissions are open!

Best of the Year

Grimmish - mention nick from eleventh volume’s review The Longcut - Emily Hall Paul Stanbridge - My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is (want to read this and have Forbidden Line on my desk) Warlock - Oakley Hall Brian Dillon - Affinities JM Coetzee - New novel 2023 The Pole Wall - Jen Craig 2023 - repeated recommendation Jon Fosse - Melancholy 1 and 2 from Fitzcaraaldo Lanark - New edition of Poor Things (Dalkey) - ALAISTAIR GRAY

Sara Lippman - Lech

Best of the Year

Human Blues -  Elisa Albert Peter Orner - Still No Word From You Dinosaurs Lydia Millet Samantha Hunt - The Unwritten Book /The Seas Steve Almond - All The Secrets of The World Master and Margarita Is This All there is - Marcel Heath Shape Shifting - Michelle Ross How We Disappear - Tara Lynn Masih Strangers to Ourselves - Rachel Aviv Morgan Talty - Night of the Living Rez

Looking forward to

Before All the World - Moriel Rothman-Zecher The Enhancers - Anne K Yoder The Consolation - Deborah Shapiro Seth Rogoff - The Kirschenbaum Lectures Sidle Creek Jolene McIlwain The Snow Leopard - Peter Mathiesen The Severed Head - Iris Murcdoch Joshua Cohen - The Netanyahus

Mark A Henry

Best of the Year

Meiselman by Avner Landes

New book by Him

The Honolulu Situation 2023

Dec 22, 202201:53:56
Jerry Stahl - NEIN, NEIN, NEIN

Jerry Stahl - NEIN, NEIN, NEIN

Jerry Stahl


Buy Nein, Nein, Nein from:

Gateway books

Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr

Nathanael West- Miss Lonelyhearts

Bruce J Friedman - Stern, A Mother’s Kisses

Samuel Beckett- Watt

Celine - Death on the Instalment Plan

Roth - Portnoy’s Complaint

Current reads

Jonathan Ames - The Wheel of Doll

Bruce Wagner - Roar

Ottessa Moshfegh - My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Roth - Opperation Shylock

James Ellroy - The Storm /American Tabloid

Ada - Nabokov

Flannery O’Connor - A Good Man is Hard to Find

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

Witz - Joshua Cohen

Nick Tosches - Dino

Desert Island Books

Weegee - Naked City

Diane Arbus - Untitled

Dante - The Inferno

Ulysses - Joyce

The Bothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

DFW - Collected works

Dec 15, 202250:14
Patrick McCabe - POUGEMAHONE

Patrick McCabe - POUGEMAHONE

Patrick McCabe

Buy Pougemahone here

Gateway books

Borstal Boy - Brendan Behan

First Love Last Rites - Ian McEwan

The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy

Last Day of Summer - Ian McEwan

Current reads

Clive James - Sentenced to Life

Desert Island Books

The Bible - God ?

Ulysses - Joyce

High Windows - Larkin

Clive James - Sentenced to Life

Shakespeare - Shakespeare ?

Dec 08, 202201:05:06


Megan McDowell

@meganalimcd twitter

@meganamcdowell Instagram

Buy Our Share of Night here

Gateway books

Jane Eyre

Great Expectations

Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

Little Women

Hopscotch - Cortazar

The Wide Saragasso - Sea Jean Rhys

Bolano - 2666

The Book of Disquiet - Pessoa

Current reads

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

The Friend - Sigrid Nunez

Jawbone - Mónica Ojeda

Desert Island Books

The Neapolitan Novels - Ferrante

Bolano - 2666

Hopscotch - Cortazar

The Book of Disquiet - Pessoa

Necropolis - Santiago Gamboa

Our Share of Night - Mariana Enriquez

Chilean Poet - Zambra

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

Beloved - Morrison

Louis Paul Boon - Chapel Road

What Belongs to You - Garth Greenwell

Dec 01, 202246:46


Peter Orner


Still No Word From You is available from

Gateway books

To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

Sound and the Fury - Faulkner

Invisible Man - Ellison

Ulysses - Joyce

Current reads - Javier Cercas - Anatomy of a Moment

Lydia Davis - (translation) Madame Bovary

Isaac B Singer - Stories

Desert Island Books

Edna O’Brian

James Wright

Eudora Welty

Absolom, Absolom - Faulkner

Isaac Babal

John McGahern

Mavis Gallant

Wright Morris


Ellison - Essays

Giovanni’s Room - Baldwin

Nov 24, 202239:16


Ben Slotky

Buy his book from Dalkey

Gateway books

Aberration of Starlight - Gilbert Sorrentino

James Ellroy - White Jazz

Kurt Vonnegut

Recently enjoyed

Comac McCarthy - The Passenger

The Tyranny of Algorithms - Miguel Benasayag

Desert Island Books

Aberration of Starlight - Gilbert Sorrentino

Maurizio De Giovanni - Commissario Ricciardi novels

Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir - Norm Macdonald

Nov 17, 202253:20
Thomas Kendall - The Autodidacts

Thomas Kendall - The Autodidacts

Thomas Kendall

By the Autodidacts here:


Gateway books


Yukio Mishima

The Atrocity Exhibition J.G. Ballard

As I Lay Dying - Faulkner

Frisk/Try - Denis Cooper

The Book of Lies/Notebook trilogy - Ágota Kristóf

My Teacher is an Alien - Bruce Coville

Current reads

Olga Ravin - The Employees

Fernanda Melchor - Hurricane Season

Twilight Zone - Nona Fernández

What Are You - Lindsay Lerman

The New House - David Leo Rice

I Wished - Denis Cooper

Desert Island Book

The Book of Lies/Notebook trilogy - Ágota Kristóf

Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky

The Recognitions - Gaddis

The Sea of Fertility - Yukio Mishima

I Wished - Denis Cooper

Nov 11, 202250:23
Sean Cotter - SOLENOID

Sean Cotter - SOLENOID

Sean Cotter

Solenoid is available here:

Gateway books

Gabriel Garcia Lorca - Poems

Fary Synder - Poems

Jack Spicer - After Lorca

Current reads / Listens

Don Quixote

Tristram Shandy

Spanky Wilson Album - I’m Thankful

Desert Island books

Poems of Arab Andalusia - Cola Franzen

Narrow Road to the Interior - Matsuo Bashō

Romancero gitano - Federico García Lorca

Lucian Blaga- Poems

Lydia Davis

Invisible Cities - Calvino

Nov 03, 202244:10
Isabella Streffen - FABULAE

Isabella Streffen - FABULAE

Isabella Streffen


Get Fabulae How it Begins here:

Gateway books

The Pillow Book - Sei Shōnagon

Selected Poems - Gerard Manley Hopkins

On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection - Susan Stuart

The Pleasure of the Texts - Roland Barthes

Current reads

Chimeras - Daniela Cascella

This agitated Air: Poems After Ibn Arabi - Robin Moger and Yasmine Seale

Swoop - Hailey Leithauser

Desert Island books

Marriage of Cadums and Harmony - Roberto Callaso

The Secret History - Donna Tart

Alphabet - Inger Christensen

The Gaze of Orpheus - Maurice Blanchot

If Not Winter; Fragments of Sappho - Anne Carson

Journal of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research: In the Place of an Object: Special Issue (Jan 2000)

Aureole - Carole Maso

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hal - Suzette Mayr

The Baudelaire Fractal - Lisa Robertson

Nov 01, 202201:08:26
Sara Lippmann - LECH

Sara Lippmann - LECH

Sara Lippmann


Buy Lech here;

Gateway books

Maurice Sendak - In The Night Kitchen

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig

Tell Me a Mitzi - Lore Segal

Bernard Malamud - Jewbird (short story

Goodbye Columbus - Philip Roth

Salinger - short stories

Jayne Anne Philips - The Black Tickets

A.M. Holmes -

Richard Yates

Grace Payley

Tilley Olsen

Jerry Stahl - Nein, Nein, Nein

Who By Fire - Matti Friedman

Human - Elisa Albert

Seth Rogoff - Thin Rising Vapours

Peter Orner - Still No Word From You

Desert Island books

Ulysses - Joyce

Magic Mountain - Mann

How to Change Your Mind - Michael Pollan

Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

The Waves Virginia Woolf

Peter Orner - Am I Alone Here (+all the books he mentions)

Etgar Keret

Kent Haruf - Our Soles (Arseholes) at Night

James Salter

Sabbath’s Theatre - Roth

Marjorie Morningstar - Herman Wouk

Nicole Krauss- History of Love

Oct 27, 202253:38


K Hank Jost

Order Deselections here


Listen to Spark Sputter and Die here;


Gateway books

The Bible

Stephen King


In The Heart of the Heart of the Country

Current reads

All of Kafka

Poetics of Space - Gaston Bachelard

Snopes trilogy - William Faulkner

The Iliad

Desert Island Books

The Iliad

Ulysses - Joyce

Moby Dick - Melville

The Recognitions - Gaddis

The Complete Gary Lutz

The Caste - Kafka

In The Heart of the Heart of the Country - William Gass

Dorothy Allison - Bastard Out of Carolina / Cavedweller

Tristrom Shandy - Sterne

Breece D'J Pancake - Short stories

Stream System - Gerald Murnane

Oct 21, 202246:17
Diane Josefowicz - READY, SET, OH

Diane Josefowicz - READY, SET, OH

Diane Josefowicz


Buy Ready Set Go here ;

Gateway books

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

Rikki Durconet - Fountains of Neptune

Current reads

Stories of a Life - Nataliya Meshchaninova (Deep Vellum)

Desert Island Books

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë.

Madame Bovary - Flaubert

Anna Karenina -  Leo Tolstoy

Oct 20, 202235:48
André Forget - CITY OF PIGS

André Forget - CITY OF PIGS

Andre’ Forget

@ayforge Twitter

@a.y.forget instagram

Order City of Pigs from

Gateway book - The Arthuriad

Current reads

Monica Ali - Brick Lane

Maxim Gorky - The Life of Klim Samgin

Top 10

At Swim Two Birds - Flann O’Brian

Oct 12, 202201:02:54
Ryan O'Connor THE VOIDS

Ryan O'Connor THE VOIDS

Ryan O’Connor


Order The Voids from :

Gateway books

W.B. Yates - A Vision

Robert Service - The Call of The Yukon

Current reads / Recently enjoyed

Pougemahone - Patrick McCabe

Fernada Melchor - Paradais

Grimmish - Michael Winkler

Top 10

Journey To The End of The Night - Celine

Under The Volcano - Malcolm Lowry

Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky

The Trial - Kafka

The Legend of The Holy Drinker - Joseph Roth

Heart of Darkness - Conrad

The Dream Songs - John Berryman

On The Road - Kerouac

Leaves of Grass- Walt Whitman

Sep 28, 202201:23:57
Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson


Buy A History of Dreams here

Gateway books

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors - Piers Paul Read

Claudius The God - Robert Graves

Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Current reads -

Gentle and Fierce - Vanessa Berry

Twyborn Affair - Patrick White

An immense World - Ed Yong

Looking forward to -

Freya Maske - new book (sequel to a Marvellous Light)

Jessie Cole - new book

Top 10

The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler

The Rift - Nina Allen

Dark Palace - Frank Moorhouse

Coming Through Slaughter - Michael Ondaatje

The Swan Book - Alexis Wright

The Captive Prince - C.S. Pact

Rubik - Elizabeth Tan

Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson

Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan

Sep 22, 202248:45
Eduardo Halfon

Eduardo Halfon

Show notes 

Eduardo Halfon

@eduardohalfon instagram

Buy Canción through Bellevue Press :

Gateway writers


Cormac McCarthy







Current reads /looking forward to / rereads

Cormac McCarthy


Top shelf

Savage Detectives - Bolano Conversations in the Cathedral - Vargas Llosa Augusto Monterosso Rodrigo Ray Rosa Cormac McCarthy
Sep 15, 202201:19:38
Marcus Pactor

Marcus Pactor

Marcus Pactor


Order Begat here :

Gateway books


A Feast of Snakes - Harry Crews

Carte Blanche

Gerald Murnane

Can Xue

Current reads / Looking forward to

Ezra Maas - Daniel James

The Human Mind - Angela Woodward

Decolonising the Mind - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Can Xue - new novella

Rikki Ducornet - new novella

Lance Olsen - Always Crashing in the Same Car

Top 10

Borges - Collected works

Beckett - Trilogy

Donald Barthelme - Stories

Padgett Powell - The interrogative mood

Kafka - Metamorphosis

Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler’s Planet

In The Lake of The Wood - Tim O’Brian

Gerald Murnane - The Plains

Trieste: A Novel - Daša Drndić

Sep 08, 202201:04:34
Avner Landes

Avner Landes

Links for the Untranslated:

Preorder Solenoid -



Feature interview - 

Avner Landes 


Buy here

Gateway books 

Lord of the Flies - William Golding 

My Life as a Man - Philip Roth

Pictures of Fidelman - Bernard Malamud

Raymond Carver

Donald Antrim 

Leonard Michael

Sabbath's Theatre - Roth 

The Dick Gibson Show - Stanley Elkin 

Frog -  Stephen Dixon

Current reads / Recently enjoyed /looking forward to 

Bram Presser- Book of Dirt 

A Death: Notes of a Suicide - Zalman Shenour Translated by Daniel Kennedy 

Javier Marias - The Infatuations, A Heart So White 

Helen DeWitt - Lightning Rods 

A Public Burning - Robert Coover 

Sam Lipsyte - No-one Left to Come Looking For You

Sara Lippmann - Lech 

Christian TeBordo 

Aaron Hamberger - Hotel Cuba

Top 10 

Daniel Deronda - George Elliot 

Red Cavalry - Isaac Babel 

Dubliners - James Joyce 

Passage from Home - Isaac Rosenfeld 

Seize the Day - Saul Bellow

Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman 

Lindmann - Book by Frederic Raphael

Frederick Exley - A Fan's Notes 

Oreo- Fran Ross

Rituals - Novel by Cees Nooteboom


Sep 01, 202201:39:32



Buy Industry of Magic and Light here;

Aug 26, 202201:05:20
Adriane Howell

Adriane Howell

Adriane Howell

@felinefelttip Instagram

@Adriane__Howell Twitter

Buy Hydra here

Gateway books

R.L. Stine - Goosebumbs

Narnia books - Lewis

Unbearable Lightness of Being - Kundera

Lolita - Nabokov

DBC Pierre - Release the Bats

Current reads

The Sorrow of War -  Bảo Ninh

Ru -  Kim Thúy

Moon Sugar - Angela Meyer

Annihilate - Houellebecq

Lapvona - Ottessa Moshfegh

The Old Drift - Namwali Serpell

Desert Island Books

Lolita - Nabokov

Ada - Nabokov

The Lover - Marguerite Duras

Unbearable Lightness of Being - Kundera

Leonard Cohen - Book of Longing

Nicole Kraus (any)

Deborah Levy (any)

Suri Hustvedt (any)

The Sexual life of Catherine M - Catherine Millet

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller

Aug 25, 202243:29
Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones

@ThatSadieJones twitter

@that_sadie_jones Instagram

Buy Amy and Lan here -

Gateway books

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Currently reading

A Town Called Solace - Mary Lawson

Tim Finch - House of Journalists

Desert Island Books

A Moveable Feast / For Whom The Bell Tolls

If Beale St Could Talk - James Baldwin

All of Shakespeare

All of Elliot

Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger

The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky

Never Let Me Go - Ishiguro

All of Narnia

Americana - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aug 18, 202228:39
Laura Vogt

Laura Vogt

Laura Vogt


Gateway books

Malina - Inneborg Bachmann

Current reads

The Milkman - Anna Burns

Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell - Katherine Angel

Top 10 -

Malina - Inneborg Bachmann

Rachel Cusk - Transit

Maggie Nelson - The Argonauts

Virginia Woolf - A Room of Ones Own

Connie Palmen - Logbuch eines unbarmherzigen Jahres

Tomas Espedal - Against Nature (Imot naturen)

Chris Klaus - I Love Dick

Bernadine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other

Siri Hustvedt - The Blazing World

A Ghost in the Throat - Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Aug 18, 202228:06
Michael Paul Kozlowsky

Michael Paul Kozlowsky

Michael Paul Kozlowsky


Scarecrow Has a Gun is available here

Currently reading

The Unfortunates - B.S. Johnson

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun - Jeff Chon

Finnegan’s Wake - Joyce

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

The last taxi driver - Lee Durkee

Diary of Anne Frank

Top 10

Something Happened - Joseph Heller

1993 Was A Bad Year - John Fante

A Visit From The Goon Squad - Candy House

Ted Chiang - Exhalation /Story of Your Life

Times Arrow - Martin Amis

Mrs Caliban - Rachel Ingalls

Great Expectations - Dickens

Blood Meridian - McCarthy

Underworld - DeLillo

Infinite Jest - DFW

Aug 16, 202242:23
Adam Levin

Adam Levin

Adam Levin

Buy Mount Chicago here

Gateway Books

Kurt Vonnegut - Harrison Bergeron and Slaughterhouse 5

Geek Love - Katherine Dunn

Catcher in the Rye - Salinger

Currently reading /recently enjoyed/ Looking forward to

Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis

Among the Thugs - Bill Buford

J.G. Ballard - Hello America

Kuput. - Curzio Malaparte (Also The Skin)

Laughter - Henri Bergson

Jesse Ball- Autoportrait

Sam Lipsyte - No One Left To Come Looking For You

Cormac McCarthy - Stella Maris / The Passenger

Desert Island books

Christian TeBordo - The follow up to the Apology

Jesse Ball - Follow up to Autoportrait

Adam Ehrlich Sachs - Follow up to Organs of Sense

Magnetic field - Ron Loewinsohn

Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century -Patrik Ouředník

Follow up to Twenty grand -  Rebecca Curtis

Follow up to The People of Paper

Novel by Salvador Plascencia

How to Behave in a Crowd: - Camille Bordas

Gabriel Bump - The New Naturals

Sam Lipsyte - No One Left To Come Looking For You

George Saunders - Liberation Day

Helen DeWitt (next novel)

Cormac McCarthy - Stella Maris / The Passenger

Aug 11, 202249:42
Blake Butler

Blake Butler

Send us a voice message and we will play it on the show

Blake Butler


Gateway books

Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs

Infinite Jest - DFW

Currently reading /Looking forward to/recently enjoyed

Annie Ernaux

Cormac McCarthy - Stella Maris / The Passenger

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Josiah Morgan

Carte Blanche

Brian Evenson

Denis Cooper

Top 10

Trilogy - Samuel Beckett

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers -  Pierre Guyotat

With the Animals - Noelle Revaz

The Recognitions - William Gaddis

Thomas Bernhard - Extinction /Correction

Liveblog - Megan Boyle

Sutree - Cormac McCarthy

Molina - Ingeborg Bachmann

Aug 09, 202249:43
Matty Markwood

Matty Markwood

Matty Markwood


Gateway Books

Vonnegut (all)

White Noise - DeLillo


Melville - Moby Dick

Don Quixote

Faulkner (novels)


Currently reading

John Barth - Letter

Robert Coover - Pricksongs and Descants

W. Maxwell Prince - One Week in The Library

Looking forward to

Cormac McCarthy - New novels

Richard Powers- Goldbug Variations

The Intuitionist - Colson Whitehead

You Bright and Risen Angles - Vollmann

Joyce Carol Oates

Zadie Smith

Top 10

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

The Recognitions - Gaddis

The Public Burning - Coover

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

Master and Margarita - Bulgakov

Short stories - Kafka

The Sot-Weed Factor - Barth

Breakfast of Champions - Vonnegut

White Noise - DeLillo

Aug 04, 202244:20
Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer


The Anecdotes of Heinrich von Kleist is available here

Gateway books:

Lord of the Rings -Tolkien

Kafka - A Country Doctor


Current reads

Miss Mackintosh My Darling


by Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze

Can XUE -Mystery Train

Top 10

Molloy - Samuel Becket

Ficciones - Borges

Nineteen ways of looking at Wang Wei - Eliot Weinberger

Old Rendering Plant - Wolfgang Hilbig

Energy of delusion/Bowstring- Viktor Shklovsky

Kafka - Complete stories

2666 - Bolano

Book of disquiet - Fernando Pessoa

Woyzeck - Georg Büchner

Vertical Motion - Can XUE

Aug 04, 202201:08:00
David Leo Rice

David Leo Rice

David Leo Rice



Gateway books

Infinite Jest - DWF

The Illuminatus! Trilogy- Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Foucault’s Pendulum - Umberto Eco

Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Murakami

100 years of Solitude - Marquez

Master and Margarita - Bulgakov

Magic Mountain - Mann

Sabbath’s Theatre / American Pastoral - Roth

Harold Pinter

The Open Curtain - Brian Evenson

Recent reads

Childhood of Jesus - J.M. Coetzee

Last Letter to A Reader - Gerald Murnane

Demons - Dostoyevsky

The Tenant - Roland Topor

Glassy Burning Floor of Hell - Evenson

Augustus - John Williams

Looking forward to

Lapnova - Moshfegh

Sleepwalk - Dan Chaon

A Perfect Spy - John le Carré

Trust - Hernan Diaz

Top 10

Street of Crocodiles - Bruno Schulz

The Famished Road - Ben Okri

Absolom, Absolom - Faulkner

From Hell - Alan Moore

The Plains - Murnane

The Fifth Child - Lessing

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea - Mishima

Sea Under Love - David Grossman

Stories - Stephen Millhauser

Jakob Von Guten - Walser

Jul 28, 202201:23:26
Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson

Gateway books / Authors 

Edgar Alan Poe 

Kafka - short stories

Gene Wolfe - Book of the New Sun

Complete Stories J.G. Ballard 

Raymond Carver

Current reads/Looking forward to 

Andy Davidson - The Hollow Kind 

Attila Veres - The Black Maybe (forthcoming from Valancourt Books)

Dashiel Carrera - The Deer (forthcoming Dalkey Archive) 

Stanislaw Lem - The Truth and other Stories 

Tender is the Flesh Agustina Bazterrica 

In the Realm of The Dead - Uchida Hyakken

Top 10

Edgar Alan Poe - Stories 

Kafka - Stories 

The Plains - Gerald Murnane

Kathryn Davis - Duplex 

Robert Aickman - Cold Hand in Mind 

John Keene - Counter Narratives 

Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 

Paul Bowles - Pages from Cold Point 

Cormac McCarthy - Outer Dark 

Dambudzo Marachera- The House of Hunger

Jul 21, 202247:23
Dominique Christina

Dominique Christina

@nyarloka Twitter

@dominiquechristina Instagram

Gateway books

The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe

Emily Dickinson

Sylvia Plath

Zora Neale Hurston

Langston Hughes

Toni Morrison - Beloved

Li-young Lee

Saul Williams

Edwidge Danticat

Current reads

The Corner - David Simon

Top 10

100 Yeas of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Beloved Toni Morrison

Mama Day - Gloria Naylor

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf - Ntozake Shange

Their Eyes are Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Dry White Season - Andre Brink

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah - Richard Bach

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction - David Sheff

Kindred - Octavia Butler

Jul 14, 202247:56
Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird

Events for the launch of Telltale;

Buy it here or through your local independent book shop;

Currently reading

With Love from Wish & Co. Minnie Darke

Top 10

The Aunts Story - Patrick White

Carpentaria - Alexis Wright

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain - George Saunders

The Journalist and the Murderer - Janet Malcolm

Lolita - Nabokov

Colour - Victoria Finlay

Coonardoo - Katharine Susannah Prichard

The Man in the Red Coat - Julian Barnes

Madame Bovary - Flaubert

Nobody’s Perfect - Anthony Lane

Jul 11, 202233:36
Zachary Tanner

Zachary Tanner

Zachary Tanner 

@piobald_puffpuff instagram

Fifi Mimieux

Gateway Books 

Review of Contemporary Fiction 

Against The Day

Gravity's Rainbow 

Infinite Jest 



Current reads /Looking forward to 

Mansfield Park - Austen 

Outlander series 

Bottom's Dream 

Carte Blanche 



Miranda July 

Top 10

Moby Dick 

Proust - À la recherche du temps perdu

Jane Austen - Persuasion

Laura Warholic - Alexander Theroux (see Steven Moore's essay in A Fan's Notes)

V- Thomas Pynchon 

Sot-Weed Factor - John Barth 

Miss Mackintosh My Darling - Marguerite Young 

J.R. - William Gaddis 

Babel-17 Samuel Delany 

Sanislaw Lem - Solaris 

Jul 07, 202201:03:14
Sebastian Vice

Sebastian Vice


Gateway books 

Moby Dick 

Goosebumps R.L. Stein 



Minority Report - PKD

Chuck Palahniuk

J.G. Ballard - Crash 

Current read 

Thomas Ligotti

Ernest Becker - Denial of Death

Top 10 

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy 

Craig Clevernger - The Contortionist's Handbook

Agustina Bazterrica - Tender is the Flesh 

No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai

Amy Hempel - Short stories (The Harvest)

Kafka - Short Stories (In the Penal Colony, The Hunger Artist) 

Worm at the Core - Sheldon Solomon  

Choke - Chuck Palahniuk

Survivor Type - Stephen King 

PKD - Short Stories 

H.P. Lovecraft 

Thomas Ligotti - Conspiracy Against the Human Race 

Jun 30, 202259:13
Mark A Henry

Mark A Henry


Buy Lacking Evidence to the Contrary from Amazon or your local independent bookstore.


Curiosity and Co Jamestown Rhode Island

If you are in Jamestown here is your first clue; 

The Treasure has passed through lands both free and afflicted through hands both worthy and not and it came to rest on Jamestown's shores entrusted to the care of Governor Carr's eternal watch.

For those of you who like spoilers I have added the video of Mark's treasure hunt at the bottom of the show notes. 


 Soup Series – Robert Newton Peck 

Alvin Fernald Series– Clifford B. Hicks 

Mad Scientists Club Series – Bertrand Brindley  

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

 Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe  C


 David Shafer

Jennifer Egan 

Colson Whitehead 

Bill Bryson  


Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr 

The Candy House – Jennifer Egan 

The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life – Sean McCallum 

Any Day You Can Die – Tommy Waite 

The Signal Line – Brendan Colley 

Waypoints – Adam Ouston 

US Army Survival Manual  

TOP TEN  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller 

God Bless you Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut

 Jerusalem Quartet - Edward Whittemore 

Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer  

Exit West - Moshin Hamid 

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee 

Apartment - Teddy Wayne 

Jun 24, 202201:07:57
Bonus Rick Harsch

Bonus Rick Harsch

Instagram @rick.harsch


Gmail -

Buy The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas here :

Jun 21, 202232:13
Daniel James

Daniel James

Daniel James



Buy The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas special edition now from Valley Press.

After you've read the book, find out more about Ezra Maas by visiting the following online resources. Just watch out you don't fall down a digital rabbit hole:

Ezra Maas Wikipedia page.

Maas Foundation website.

Gateway books

Fighting Fantasy series novels - Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers / Better Than Life - Grant Naylor (Red Dwarf)

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Orlando - Virginia Woolf

Dracula - Bram Stoker

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Dubliners - James Joyce

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable - Samuel Beckett

Recent reads /Looking forward to

Montano’s Malady - Enrique Vila-Matas

Case Study - Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Hour of The Star - Clarice Lispector

Life on Other Planets - Matt Cook

Libra - Don DeLillo

Aftermath - Preti Taneja

The Third Hotel - Laura Van Den Berg

Top 10

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler / The Galton Case by Ross MacDonald

Collected Stories - Philip K Dick

The Road -  Cormac McCarthy

The Eye of The Beholder - Marc Behm

Falling Angel -  William Hjortsberg

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable - Samuel Beckett

Lanark - Alasdair Gray

The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster

Collected Stories - Borges

The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon

Also mentioned during the interview

The work of Mark Fisher particularly Ghosts of My LIfe and The Weird and the Eerie

The fiction of Marc Nash

Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism

Jun 16, 202202:05:24
Daniel Davis Wood

Daniel Davis Wood



Buy Daniel’s books at

Gateway books

The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

Dhalgren - Samuel R Delany

Lanark - Alasdair Gray

Current reads / looking forward to


Russian classics

The Longcut - Emily Hall

Comac McCarthy - New books

Paul Stanbridge - My Mind to me a Kingdom is

Mark Haber - The Abyss of St Sebastian

Camilla Grudova - Children of Paradise

Edmond Caldwell - Human Wishes /Enemy Combatant

Top 10

The Plains - Murnane

Life and Times of Michael.K - J.M. Coetzee

Voss - Patrick White

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

Absalom, Absalom - William Falkner

Melanctha - Gurtrude Stein

The Known World - Edward P Jones

Solar Bones - Mike McCormack

Moby Dick / Bartleby The Scrivener - Herman Melville

Jun 10, 202201:20:37
Meg Tuite

Meg Tuite

Meg Tuite

Buy White Van here;

Books mentioned

Lithium - For Medea by Kate Braverman

Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Gateway books / Authors

Flannery O’Connor - Collected works

Issac Bashevis Singer

Bernard Malamud

Shirley Jackson

Sylvia Plath

Anne Sexton

Thomas Wolfe

Fernando Pessoa

Dylan Thomas

Flann O’Brian

Bruno Shultz

Clarise Lispector

Lucia Berlin

Jean Rhys

Carte Blanche authors -

Dominique Christina

Ottessa Moshfegh

Melissa Pritchard

Eimear McBride

Also mentioned - Thomas James

Djuna Barnes - Nightwood

Olga Tokarczuk

Memories That Smell Like Gasoline - David Wojnarowicz

Olivia Laine -

Maggie Nelson

Emil Cioran

William R Soldan

Nabokov - Pnin

Marcus Pastor Begat Who Begat Who Begat

David Nutt - Summer time in the Emergency Room

Top 10

Bruno Shultz - Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass

Miss MacIntosh, My Darling - Marguerite Young

Lidia Yuknavitch- The Chronology of Water: A Memoir

So What if it is True- Lorrie Jackson

Third Policeman Flann O’Brian

The Passion According to G.H - Clarice Lispector

Dominique Christina -

Nightwood - Djuna Barnes

Complete Gary Lutz / Worsted - Garielle Lutz

Ocean Veoung

Fernando Pessoa

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Jun 02, 202248:58
Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly


Buy House of Sleep

Gateway books

Jack London - Short Stories (To Build a Fire)

The Dark Tower - Steven King

Stories of Franz Kafka

Jack Kerouac - On The Road

Current reads

Robert Aickman

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - PKD

Looking forward to :

A Season on Earth - Murnane

Cormac McCarthy - The Passenger and Stella Maris

Carte Blanche :

Cormac McCarthy

Don DeLillo

Rachel Kushner

Top 10

Tree of Smoke - Denis Johnson

Meditations in Green - Stephen Wright

Labyrinths - Borges

Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry

The Peregrine - J.A. Baker

Stoner - John Williams

New York Trilogy - Paul Auster

Cities of the Red Night Trilogy - William S. Burroughs

May 26, 202254:40
Ashley Goldberg

Ashley Goldberg

Ashely Goldberg

@ashg1305 Twitter 

@ash_goldberg Instagram

Gateway books 

Goosebumps - R.L. Stine 

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 

Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road 

Ray Carver - Cathedral 

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 

 TBR pile/Recent reads

 If You’re Happy by Fiona Robertson 

Colin Barrett - Homesickness 

Wendy Erskine - Dance Move 

The War for Gloria - Gordon Lish 

George Saunders - A swim in a pond in the rain 

Jessica Stanley’s A Great Hope T

he Keepers - Al Campbell 

Other Houses - Paddy O'Reilly 

No hard Feelings - Genevieve Novak 

Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls - Anne Casey Hardy 

Carte blanche authors  George Saunders Cynan Jones Jennifer Down

Top 10 

Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road 

The Slave - Isaac Bashevis Singer

 Rabbits for Food - Binnie Kirshenbaum 

Stephen Florida - Gabe Habash 

Manual For Cleaning Women - Lucia Berlin 

Wake in Fright - Kenneth Cook 

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - Richard Yates 

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

The Pugilist at Rest - Thom Jones 

Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson


May 20, 202236:26
Cult of The Cactus Boots Anniversary Special

Cult of The Cactus Boots Anniversary Special

America and the Cult of the Cactus Boots; A Diagnostic

Written by Philip Freedenberg and Illustrated by Jeff Walton

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Order their book through Rick Harsch

Gold Edition

Books mentioned

Philosophy of Creativity - David Lee Miller

Rerelease from Corona Samizdat with illustrations by Jeff Walton coming soon.

Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas - Rick Harsch,

The Combinations, Louis Armand

Cairo - Louis Armand

Naked Lunch - William Burroughs

Moby Dick - Melville

Animal Money - Michael Cisco

Infinite Jest - DFW

Foucault’s Pendulum - Umberto Eco

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L’Engle

Oskar Submerges - Zac Tanner

Wandering Stone - The Streets of Old Izola

Sunflower - Tex Gresham

May 17, 202201:26:50
Jared Marcel Pollen

Jared Marcel Pollen

Jared Marcel Pollen


Buy Venus and Document through

Gateway books

1984 George Orwell

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce

Current reads /recently enjoyed

Tom McCarthy - Making of Incarnation - (Carte Blanche)

Svage Detectives - Bolano

Top Ten

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon Humboldt’s Gift - Bellow Philip Larkin- Collected Poems Collected essays - Michel de Montaigne Letters to a Young Contrarian - Hitchens Sincerity and Authenticity - Lionel Trilling  Underworld - Don DeLillo Sound and the Fury - Fawkner Hamlet - Shakespeare Also mentioned Inside Story - Martin Amis
May 13, 202249:03
Brendan Colley

Brendan Colley

Brendan Colley


The Signal Line is out now through Transit Lounge

Gateway books

Post Office - Charles Bukowski

White Noise - Don DeLillo

Book of Illusions - Paul Auster

Current Reads

Lovers of Philosophy – Warren Ward

In Plain Sight -Ross Coulthart

Looking forward to

Ellen Van Neerven – Comfort Food

Scot Patrick Mitchell – Clean

Andrew Roff – Teeth of A Slow Machine

Adam Ouston – Waypoints

Robert Lukin – Loveland

Kirsten Arnett-Mostly Dead Things

Denis Johnson - Train Dreams

Stefan Zweig – Chess

Hemingway – A Movable Feast

Autobiograpy of Alice B Toklas – Gertrude Stein

George Saunders – A Swim in the Pond in the Rain

The Keepers - Albert Campbell

Blankets (Graphic Novel) - Craig Thomson

Icelandic tradition of book giving – Jolabokaflod

Top 10

Post Office - Charles Bukowski

White Noise - Don DeLillo

Book of Illusions - Paul Auster

Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy O’Toole

Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Sayaka Murata – Earthlings

Patrick DeWitt- Under Major Domo Minor

Don’t Skip Out On Me – Willy Vlautin

The Wanderers – Meg Howrey

Piranesi – Susanna Clarke

May 06, 202257:07
Clarissa Botsford

Clarissa Botsford

Clarissa Botsford

@botsford_cla  -Erica Mou’s book Thirsty Sea

Books mentioned

Sacha Naspini – Oxygen

Conchita de Gregori – The Missing Word

Mariolina Venezia – Matera Thrillers

Currently working on

New Sacha Naspini  - Le Case De Malcontento

Oliva Denaro – Viola Ardone

Current reads and recently enjoyed

Vanda Symons - Faceless

Joyce Carrol Oates – Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars

Claudia Piñeiro – Elena Knows

Simone Buchholz – Chastity Riley

Meg Mason – Sorrow and Bliss

Louise Beech – This is How We Are Human

Abi Daré -  The Girl with the Louding Voice

Bernardine Evaristo – Girl Woman Other

Richard Flanagan – The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Colson Whitehead – Underground Railway

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

Jeanette Winterson – Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

May 04, 202242:24
Gabriel Blackwell

Gabriel Blackwell

Gabriel Blackwell


By Doom Town Here :

Gateway Books

Mysteries of the Unknown

Tales of the Cthulhu mythos - H.P. Lovecraft

Grove / New Directions publishing

Also mentioned - Against The World Against Life - Houellebecq

Carte Blanche Authors

Eliot Weinberger

-Marie NDiaye

Lawrence Weschler

Garielle Lutz

Brian Evenson

Lydia Davis

Current Reads / Looking forward

Jon Fosse - Trilogy / Septology

Dag Solstad

Barbra Comyns - Sisters by a River

American Stutter - Steve Erickson

Top 10

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa -  by Jan Potocki

The Obscene Bird of Night - by José Donoso

Gertrude Stein - The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

The Castle - Kafka

William Gaddis - JR

Borges - Collected Fictions

William. H. Gass - Omensetter’s Luck

The Piano Teacher - Elfriede Jelinek

Flann O’Brian - The Third Policeman

Proust - Swann’s Way translated by Lydia Davis

May 02, 202253:05
Chris Power

Chris Power

Chris Power

@chris_power Twitter

Order A Lonely Man here

Gateway books

Lord of The Rings - Tolkien

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson

Carte Blanche

- Gwendoline Riley

-Rachel Cusk

-Katie Kitamura

-Fernanda Melchor

Current reads

The War For Gloria - Atticus Lish

Top 10

Under The Volcano - Malcolm Lowry

2666 - Roberto Bolano

Moby Dick

Gathering Evidence - Thomas Bernhard

Villette - Charlotte Bronte

Mrs Dalloway - Woolf

Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy

Collected Chekhov

Party Going - Henry Green

In A Strange Room - Damian Galgut

Tomorrow In The Battle Think on Me / A Heart So White - Javier Marias

Apr 29, 202201:07:33
Mark de Silva

Mark de Silva

Mark de Silva


Order the Logos and Square Wave here :

Gateway Books :






Brothers Karamozov 

A Fiery and Furious People, James Sharpe 


 A Philosophy of Madness: the experience of psychotic thinking--Dutch Philosopher Wouter Kusters 

 Future Reads: Jesus the Magician: Morton Smith, Columbia Historian 

TOP 10

Blithedale Romance--Nathaniel Hawthorne 

 Growth of the Soil--Knut Hamsun (Life and Times of Michael K). 

The Sleepwalkers, Herman Broch

Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias

 Nostromo, Joseph Conrad

 The Leopard, Giuseppie Lampedusa

Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus 

 The Confidence Man, Herman Melville 

 Hyperion, Holderlin 

 Pushkin, Short Stories (Queen of Spades).  

Apr 21, 202248:20
Erica Mou

Erica Mou

Erica Mou


Buy Thirsty Sea from ;

On tour

UK events

Currently Reading

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ivana Sajko - Love Novel

Recommended reading

Concita De Gregorio - The Missing Word

Emanuele Trevi - Two Lives

Top Shelf

Letter to a child never born - Oriana Fallaci

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino

The Stranger - Albert Camus

All Men are Mortal - Simone de Beauvoir

A Room Of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf

The Adversary - Emmanule Carrere

Boredom - Alberto Moravia

Family Sayings (Lessico famigliare) - Natalia Ginzburg

Music at the end of the episode is Animals from Erica's latest Album, Nature 

Apr 15, 202230:06
Emily Hall

Emily Hall

Emily Hall


Buy the Longcut here


Thomas Bernhard

Gertrude Stein

Samuel Beckett

Gateway books/art

Harriet The Spy - Fitzhugh

Bleak House - Dickens

Concrete - Bernhard

Arthur Danto

Sigmar Polka

Mark Lombardi

Blind Spot books

- The Captive - Proust

Arno Schmitt

Currently reading / Recently enjoyed/ looking forward to

Claudia Piñeiro - Elena Knows

My Dead Book - Nate Lippens

Since the Accident - Jen Craig

Carlos Labbé - Spiritual Choreography

Mark Haber - St Sebastian’s Abyss

Daša Drndic - Doppelgänger

Top Ten

Thomas Bernhard - Correction

Waiting for Godot - Beckett

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Tom Stoppard

Julie Hecht - The Unprofessionals

Lydia Davis - The End of The Story

2666 - Bolano

Mapp and Lucia - E. F. Benson

Wittgenstein’s Mistress - Markson

The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford

Madame Realism - Lynne Tillman

Apr 07, 202245:52
Ben Walter

Ben Walter

Ben Walter

Twitter @ben_walter

Buy What Fear Was here:

Gateway books

Current reads

Top 10

Collected Fiction - Borges

Heat and Light - Ellen Van Neerven

Waypoints - Adam Ouston

Top 10

Seeing Stars Simon Armitage

Cosmos and Ferdyderke - Witold Gombrowicz

Slaughterhouse 5 - Vonnegut

Underworld - Don Delillo

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

Pereira Maintains-  Antonio Tabucchi

Julius Winsome - Gerard Donovan

Speedboat - Renata Adler

Mar 30, 202234:55
Andrew Roff

Andrew Roff

Andrew Roff


 Buy Teeth of a Slow Machine here:

Published by @WakefieldPress

 What I'm reading: Ben Walter - What Fear Was

 Fiona Robertson - If You're Happy 

Olga Ravn - The Employees 

What I'm looking forward to:

 ane Rawson - A History of Dreams 

Anne Casey Hardy - Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls 

Al Campbell - The Keepers Adam Ouston - Waypoints

Gateway Books Isaac Asimov - I, Robot 

James Clavell - Shogun Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 

Roald Dahl - Collected Stories  

Top 10 

 Elizabeth Tan - Rubik

 Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five 

Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policeman's Union 

Ryan O'Neill - The Weight of a Human Heart 

Josephine Rowe - Here Until August 

Wayne Marshall - Shirl 

Ursula LeGuin - The Left Hand of Darkness 

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 

Robert Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 

Robert Kurvitz - Disco Elysium (this is a computer game, but it's really interactive literary fiction)  

Mar 23, 202201:04:04
Louis Armand
Mar 17, 202257:08
Seth from W.A.S.T.E. Mailing List

Seth from W.A.S.T.E. Mailing List

Seth on Twitter @wastemailing

Instagram @wastemailinglist

Gateway Books:  

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer 

2.Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan 

3.Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace  

Currently Reading: 

1. Anniversaries: A Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson, translated by Damion Searls 

2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky  

Anticipated Reads:  

1. William T Vollmann 

2. Solenoid by Mircea Cărtărescu, translated by Sean Cotter 

 3. Blinding: The Left Wing by Mircea Cărtărescu, translated by Sean Cotter 

4. A Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine translated by Ralph Manheim 

5. Herscht 07769 by László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet  

6. Devil House by John Darnielle 

7. The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt 

8. Malina by Ingborg Bachman translated by Philip Boehm 

9. The Complete Works of Primo Levi compiled by Ann Goldstein  

Top 10:  

10. I’m Thinking of Endings Things by Iain Reid 

9. Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 

8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

7.   Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, translated by George Szirtes 

6.   The Burrow by Franz Kafka, translated by Michael Hofmann         

5.  In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan         

4.  Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter       

 3.  Story of the Eye by George Bataille, translated by Joachim Neugrochal  

(Correction (1:11:30) - Seth refers to the narrator's love interest as Marcelle where he meant to say Simone. Marcelle is a secondary character in the story.) 

 2.  The Recognitions by William Gaddis      

 1.  Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon

Mar 10, 202201:21:31
Adam Ouston

Adam Ouston

Adam Ouston


Buy Waypoints here

Gateway books

The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas

Malone Dies - Beckett

Jeanette Winterson - The Passion

Current reads

Ducks, Newburyport - Lucy Ellmann

Fernando Pessoa -Biography - Richard Zenith

Paul Auster - Stephan Crane

Ben Walter - What Fear Was

Top Shelf

All Fires the Fire - Julio Cortazar

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept - Elizabeth Smart

Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Jeanette Winterson - The Passion

Thomas Bernhard - The Looser

The Melancholy of Resistance - László Krasznahorkai

Dublinesque - Enrique Villa-Matas

The Vegetarian - Han King

By Night in Chile - Roberto Bolano

Max Sebald - Vertigo

Mar 06, 202201:01:49
Caroline Golden and Derek Owens

Caroline Golden and Derek Owens

Caroline Golden and Derek Owens

The Villagers is available now here;


Gateway books

D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

The golden phoenix, and other French-Canadian fairy tales - Book by Marius Barbeau

Alice - Lewis Carroll

Top Shelf


Laurence Millman - A kayak Full of Ghosts

Russel Edson - Poetry

Kij Johnston - At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Ridley Walker Russel Hoban

Carmen Maria Machado - Her Body and Other Parties

Laird Hunt - Zorie and In The House in The Dark in The Woods

Jacob Rabinowitz - Blame It On Blake: a memoir of dead languages, gender vagrancy, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso & Carr

Caroline -

The Green Fairy Book - Andrew and Nora Lang

Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Love in the Time of Cholera - Marquez

The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo

Fresh Water for Flowers Valérie Perrin

Mar 03, 202246:42
Rikki Ducornet

Rikki Ducornet

Rikki Ducornet

Gateway Books / Authors

Alice in Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carol

50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship - Salvador Dali

Misfortunes of The Immortals - Paul Eluard, Illustrated by Max Ernst





Lolita - Nabokov

100 Years of Solitude - Marquez

Omensetter’s Luck - William H Gass

Currently reading/recently enjoyed looking forward to

Above us The Milky Way - Fowzia Karimi

The Celestial Hunter - Roberto Calloso

Top 10ish

Above us The Milky Way - Fowzia Karimi

Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carol



Lolita - Nabokov

Cosmicomics - Calvino

The Songlines - Bruce Chatwin

Omensetter’s Luck - William H Gass

Feb 24, 202251:55
Jen Craig

Jen Craig

Jen Craig

Buy Panthers and the Museum of Fire through

In Australia head to Gleebooks or Blarney Books

Gateway books

Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery

An Imaginary Life - David Malouf

The Man who Loved Children - Christina Stead

Madame Bovary - Flaubert

In Search of Lost Time - Proust

Gargoyles - Thomas Bernhard

Currently reading / Looking forward to

Mauro Javier Cárdenas - Aphasia

See What I See - Greg Gerke

Dodge Rose - Jack Cox

The Other Name - Jon Fosse

The Longcut - Emily Hall -

Doomtown - Gabriel Blackwell

Top 10

Gargoyles - Thomas Bernhard

The Man who Loved Children - Christina Stead

Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante

To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

In Search of Lost Time - Proust

The New Life - Orhan Pamuk

The Watchtower/ The Long Prospect - Elizabeth Harrower

Border Districts - Gerald Murnane

Amerika - Franz Kafka

Feb 18, 202201:19:39
Garielle Lutz

Garielle Lutz

Garielle Lutz


Show notes

Gateway books

City Life - Donald Barthelme

Barry Hannah - Ray

Modern American Usage -Wilson Follet

Currently reading

See What I See - Greg Gerke

Gwendoline Riley (all books)

The Pure and The Impure - Colette

Diane Arbus - new biography

Looking forward to;

A History of Present Illness, Anna DeForest

Summertime in the Emergency Room, David Nutt

No One Left to Come Looking for You, Sam Lipsyte

The Uncollected Essays, Elizabeth Hardwick

Top 10

Voyage in the Dark - Jean Rhys

The Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer - Christine Schutt

S.J. Perelman - The best of /Crazy like a fox

The Long Winded Lady - Maeve Brennan

Collected Works a journal in Jazz 1954- 2001 - Whitney Balliett

Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth Hardwick

Modern American Usage -Wilson Follet

Venus Drive - Sam Lipsyte

Files on Parade John O’Hara.

Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers - Janet Malcolm

This week’s give-away

Source by Rosemary Johnston


If you would like free copy and live in the UK or Ireland DM me or email me first in wins.

Feb 11, 202256:27
Max Easton

Max Easton

Max Easton 


You can get Magpie Wing here

or here


We have one free copy for an Australian listener - DM me or email me - first in wins. 

Gateway Books:

 Philip K Dick books

 Kurt Vonnegut - Mother Night / Cat's Cradle 

John Iriving - The World According to Garp  J

Recently enjoyed / Looking forward to  Nanni Balestrini - the Unseen. Shaun Prescott - Untitled 2nd Novel.  Luke Carman - Untitled Novel.  Upcoming works by S.L. Lim and Briohny Doyle 

TOP TEN  Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions 

 John Irving - The 158-Pound Marriage 

 Helen Garner - Honour and Other People's Children  

Paul Beatty - The Sellout  

E.L. Doctorow - Ragtime  

Doris Lessing - The Good Terrorist 

 Mordecai Richler - Barney's Version  

Kathy Acker - Blood and Guts in High School  

David Keenan - This is Memorial Device  

Frank Moorehouse - The Electrical Experience

Feb 08, 202258:28
Greg Gerke

Greg Gerke

The Movement Image —Gilles Deleuze

James Ley - The Critic in the Modern World

Genese Grill - new essay book from Splice later this year.

Gateway books

Joyce - Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Long Man Ulysses

Beckett- Plays + Trilogy

Top 10

Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge - Rainer Marie Rilke

À la recherche du temps perdu - Marcel Proust

Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy

Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth Hardwick

The Enigma of Arrival - V.S. Naipaul

The Tunnel - William Gass

Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee

A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer - Christine Schutt

Feb 04, 202201:01:47
Centenary of Ulysses Special with Bob Carr

Centenary of Ulysses Special with Bob Carr

Centenary of Ulysses Special with Bob Carr

Find Bob on Twitter @bobjcarr


Show notes 

Currently reading /recently enjoyed 

Thomas Mann - Lotte in Weimar 

Moby Dick - Herman Melville 

Top 10

In Search of Lost Time - Proust  

Anthony Powell -A Dance to The Music of Time 

The Odyssey 

Brother Karamazov - Dostoyevsky 

Madame Bovary 

Shakespeare - Plays 

Chekov - Plays 

War and Peace - Tolstoy 

Also mentioned 

Love in the Time of Cholera 

The Leopard 

Philip Roth - The Plot Against America 

This episode is sponsored by the Any Day You Can Die audio book by Thommy Waite.

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Feb 02, 202201:07:02
Video trailer for Any Day You Can Day by Thommy Waite

Video trailer for Any Day You Can Day by Thommy Waite

Get the Audiobook on Audible see link below 

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Step 1) Follow Thommy @thommywaite on Twitter

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Feb 01, 202201:16
Nevada McPherson

Nevada McPherson

Nevada McPherson

Poser is out Feb 14 from Outcast - preorder here

Current reads and looking forward;

Shaun McCallum - Recalcitrant Stuff of Life

DuVay Knox - The Pussy Detective

In Filth is Shall be Found

Austin Davies - Lotus and the Apocalypse

Jack Moody Crooked Smile

Top Ten

Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers

Complete Stories - Flannery O’Connor

How Proust Can Save Your Life - Alain de Botton

I Fatty - Jerry Stahl

The Deer Park - Norman Mailer

McTeague - Frank Norris

The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller

Stroheim - Arthur Lennig

Naked Lunch - Burroughs

Anaïs Nin: A Biography -  Deirdre Bair

Jan 28, 202241:43
Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine

Show notes


Pre-orders for Dance Move here


Gateway books /authors

Happy Venture Readers Book 4

Current reads /recently enjoyed and looking forward to

Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure - Adelle Stripe and Lias Saoudi

Small Town Girl: Love, Lies and the

Undercover Police - Donna McLean

Re-reading William Faulkner - Light in August

Looking forward to - Nicole Flattery - Nothing Special

Top 10

Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

Hellfire-  Nick Tosches

Alma Cogan - Gordon Burn

Good Behaviour - Molly Keane

Light in August William Faulkner

Pat Barker - Blow Your House Down

Problems - Jade Sharma

Monument Maker - David Keenan

Age of innocence - Edith Wharton

Beware of Pity-  Stefan Zweig

Honorable mention

Will and Testament - Vigdis Hjorth

Jan 21, 202201:09:50
Austin Davis

Austin Davis

Austin Davis


Street Sorrows EP

Order Lotus and The Apocalypse - Out March 4th

Twitter @Austin_Davis17

Instagram @austinwdavis1

Gateway books

Neil Hilborn - OCD poem

Billy Collins - Poetry

Ray Bradbury

Current reads / recently enjoyed /looking forward to

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Homie - Danez Smith

Rosemarie Dombrowski

Hunter Hazelton - I Never Understood Religion Until I Learned Your Name

The Sunflower Cast a Spell Save Us from the Void - Jackie Wang

Buddy Wakefield- Choir of Honest Killers

Top 10

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver

The Body - Steven King

The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin -  Terrance Hayes

Wild Milk - Sabrina Orah Mark

The Crown Ain't Worth Much - Hanif Abdurraqib

Night Sky With Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong

Crush - Richard Siken

Depression & Other Magic Tricks-  Sabrina Benaim

Don’t call us dead - Danez Smith

Jan 13, 202235:51
Ryan Ruby

Ryan Ruby

Ryan Ruby



Bottom's Dream, the Arno Schmidt Project, and Philanthropy Chad W. Post 

Recent / Current reads /Looking forward to

Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon by Mark McGurl

When We Cease to Understand the World - Benjamin Labatut

Fireflies by Luis Sagasti

Anecdotes by Heinrich von Kleist

Lauren Elkin notes on a Parisian Commute

Gateway book - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce

Top 10

Economy of the Unlost by Anne Carson

The Geography of the Imagination by Guy Davenport

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle by Pierre Klossowski

Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

Brütt, or The sighing gardens (Brütt, oder, Die seufzenden Gärten) by Friederike Mayröcker

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Jan 06, 202201:55:02
Andrés Neuman

Andrés Neuman

Gateway books

Edgar Allan Poe stories translated by Julio Cortazar

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka translated by Jorge Luis Borges

Currently reading

Las malas

Novel by Camila Sosa Villada

Annie Ernaux - The Years and The Other Daughter

Iosi Havilio - Petite Fleur

Paulina Flores - Isla Decepción

Logan February - Fuckboys

Looking forward to

Lydia Davis - Collected Stories

Re-read Capote - In Cold Blood

Top 10

Invisible Cities

Lorca - The Audience

Ceaser Vallejo - Human Poems

Jose Watanabe

Selected Poems Wislawa Szymborska

Wallace Stevens - Aphorisms

Rilke - New Poems

Goethe - Roman Elegies

Another County - James Baldwin

Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar

The Stranger - Albert Camus

The Woman Destroyed - Simone de Beauvoir

The kiss of the spider woman - Manuel Puig

Flannery O’Connor -Everything That Rises Must Converge

Birds of America - Lorrie Moore

Against the interpretation - Susan Sontag

On Being Ill - Virginia Woolf

History of death in the western world - Philippe Ariès

Grave of fireflies - Akiyuki Nosaka

The Chess Novel Stefen Zweig.

Dec 30, 202101:14:34
End of Year Special with Thommy Waite

End of Year Special with Thommy Waite

End of year special !

Co-hosted by Thommy Waite !

Featuring Michael Horn (Drunk Pynchon) Bram Presser, Martin Shaw, Travis Meyer, Iain Smith, James Rosewarne, Lauren Teixeira, Sean McCallum, Dustin Illingworth, Greg Gerke, Seth from Waste Mailing List, Ryan Alexander, David Keenan, Jake Dean, Adam Ouston, Michale Winkler, Courtney S Gray and George Salis.

Books of 2021 (and best books read)

Grimmish - Michael Winkler

Monument Maker - David Keenan

Mona - Pola Oloixarac

The Employees - Olga Ravn

Any Day You Can Die - Thommy Waite

Recalcitrant Stuff of Life - Sean McCallum

Burning Man - Biography of D.H. Lawrence - Frances Wilson

The Netanyahus - Josh Cohen

Sunflower -Tex Gresham

The Luminous Novel - Mario Levrero

CoinciDATE - David R Low

Hope - Glen Duncan (Thommy’s best read this year)

The Things We’ve seen - Augustine Fernando Mallo

William Blake Versus the World - John Higgs

Inquisitor’s Manual - António Lobo Antunes

Helen DeWitt - Last Samurai

Story of The Eye - George Bataille

Hypnopony - Stuart Buck

Bubblegum - Adam Levin

Clairvoyant of the Small - The Life of Robert Walser - Susan Bernofsky

The Moment - Peter Holm Jensen

Gabrielle Blackwell - Correction

Garielle Lutz - Worsted

Michael Drinkard - Disobedience

Wittgenstein’s Mistress - David Markson

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

American and The Cult of The Cactus Boots

List Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli

Novel Explosives - Jim Gaur

Animal Money - Michael Cisco

Snuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart

The Interim -Woolfgang Hilbig

Shanty Town - César Aira

Clarise Lispector - Hour of the Star

Geoff Sparrow - Crimes Against Nature

The Mayfly Glimmer Before Last Call- Poe Ballantine

Amnesia Road - Luke Stegemanm

Born Into This - Adam Thomson

Steven Millhauser - We Others

The Animals in That County - Laura Jean Mckay

Jessamine Ward - Salvage The Bones

Hermione Lee - Virginia Woolf

Transcendental style in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer

Paul Schrader

Books of Jacob Olga Tokarczuk

Mayor Of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

Goodbye Columbus - Philip Roth

Love in a Dead Language - Lee Seigel

Lance Olsen - Skin Elegies

Picks for 2022 -

Wendy Erskine - Dance Moves

The new 736 page Houellebecq - Annihilation

Javier Marias - Thomas Nevinson

Solenoid by Mircea Cărtărescu -

Pierre Senges - Ahab (sequels)

The Logos - Mark De Silva

More David Keenan

More Andres Neuman

New Rikki Dukornet

Illustrated Ulysses - from Eduardo Arroyo

Rian Hughes XX

Reprint of Miss Mackintosh My Darling Marguerite Young - Dalkey Archive

Waypoints - Adam Ouston

Lydia Davis - Essays

Gabrielle Blackwell - Doomtown

Morgan Meis and J.M. Tyree - Letters on Cinema and Religion in Malick, Von Trier, and Kieślowski

Max Blecher coming from Sublunary

Antagony - Luis Goytisolo

New Sorokin

Alejandro Zambra - Chilean Poet

Andrew Roff - Teeth of a Slow Machine

Ben Walter - What Fear Was

Robbie Arnot - Limberlost

Mirandi Riwoe - The Burnished Sun

Jane Rawson - New book

Sweet Meat Saga - G. F. Gravenson

Hustler’s Grotto - Yayoi Kusama

Leg Over Leg -Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq

Devil To Pay in the Backland -João Guimarães Rosa

Music Courtesy of Bram Presser

Happy New Year!

Season 2 coming in 2022.

Dec 23, 202102:02:15
Jack Moody

Jack Moody

Jack Moody


Crooked Smile is out through Outcast in March 15th 2022

Gateway books

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Currently Reading / Recently enjoyed / looking forward to

Sean McCallum - Recalcitrant Stuff of Life

Lost City of The Monkey God - Douglas Preston

Top 10 (ish)

The Sarah Book - Scott McClanahan

Ablutions - Patrick DeWitt

Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

Nick Flynn - Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski

The Outsider (The Stranger) - Albert Camus

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Old Man and The Sea - Hemingway

Dec 17, 202158:29
Bonus episode - World Cup of Books 2021
Dec 11, 202130:43
Max Lawton

Max Lawton



Gateway books

Elementary Particles (Atomised) - Houellebecq

Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky

Kakfa on the Shore - Murakami

Current reads/recently enjoyed/ looking forward to;

Finnegan’s Wake - Joyce (reread)

In search of Lost Time - Proust

Out of the World - Knausgaard - (coming soon in English)

New Houellebecq book ! (Coming 2022)

Antonio Moresco The Beginnings (Gli Esordi)

American Dream - Mailer

Peter Handke - assorted books

Top 10

Ulysses - Joyce

Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky

Blue Lard - Vladimir Sorokin

Melancholy and Resistance - László Krasznahorkai

Elementary Particles (Atomised) - Houellebecq

The Kindly Ones- Jonathan Littell

My Struggle - Knausgaard

2666 - Bolano

In search of Lost Time - Proust

Gravity’s Rainbow - Pynchon

Parallel Stories - Péter Nádas


Peter Hanke

Ian Sinclair

Dec 10, 202101:06:50
Elijah Moss

Elijah Moss

Elijah Moss



Gateway Books

Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal) Charles Baudelaire

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Current reads and recently enjoyed/looking forward to

J.R. - William Gaddis

Top 10

Omensetters Luck William Gaddis

Gravity’s Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

The Cannibal - John Hawkes

Second Skin - John Hawkes

Nightwood - Djuna Barnes

The Erasers - Alain Robbe-Grillet

Justine - Marquis de Sade

Margins of Philophsy - Jaques Derrida

Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal) Charles Baudelaire

Cerebus (graphic novel) Church and State and High Society - Dave Sim

Dec 07, 202127:05
Sergio de la Pava

Sergio de la Pava

Sergio De La Pava

Gateway Books

Old Man And The Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Recently Enjoyed

Winter in Sokcho - Elisa Shua Dusapin

See also

Top 10

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West

To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

Moby Dick Herman Melville

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson

Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

Fat City - Leonard Gardner

Surfacing - Margaret Atwood

Mulligan Stew - Gillbert Sorrentino

Dec 03, 202141:26
Lauren Teixeira

Lauren Teixeira

Lauren Teixeira.


Our Struggle Podcast


Gateway Book

Tintin - Herge

Usagi Yojimbo- Stan Sakai

Currently Reading /Recently enjoyed /Looking forward tp

Thomas Hardy - The Mayor of Casterbridge

Play Fire - Vladimir Nabokov

Vox - Nicholson Baker

Red Harvest Dashiel Hammet

Tintin and the Secret of Literature - Tom McCarthy

Morning Star - Knausgaard

Anthony Powell - Dance to the Music of Time

Top 10

The Quiet American - Grahame Green

Mating - Norman Rush

Pride and Predjuice - Jane Austen

North and South. - Elizabeth Gasell

Jayne Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Karla Trilogy by John le Carré · Book 1 · Shelve Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy · Book 2 · Shelve The Honourable Schoolboy · Book 3 · Shelve Smiley's People

From Heaven Lake - Vikram Seth

Tintin - Prisoners of the sun Herge’

Our Struggle Volume 1 - Knausgaard

Nov 30, 202148:48
Ben Shore

Ben Shore

Show notes;

Ben Shore

@bookshore_ben Instagram

Gateway books

Hard Boiled Wonderland At the End of the World - Murakami

Borges - Stories

Currently reading / recently enjoyed

Omensetter’s Luck - William H Gass

In The Heart In The Heart of The Country William H Gass

The Tunnel - William H Gass

Parallel Stories Peter Nadas

Top 10

Plot Against America

Lanark - Alisdair Gray

Disconnected by Oğuz Atay

The Frog Cemetery - Umberto Eco

White Noise - Don Delilo

Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges

Shoat Rumblings - Samuel R Delany

Lookout Cartridge - Joseph McElroy

Dubliners - James Joyce

Mason and Dixon - Thomas Pynchon

Nov 26, 202151:54
Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson

Show Notes 

Emmett Stinson


Gateway books

A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jnr

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Current reading, TBR and Recently enjoyed

Novel Explosives - Jim Gaur

House of all Nations - Christina Stead

Complete Stories - Clarice Lispector

Last Letter to a Reader - Gerald Murnane

Daronville’s Cat Alexander Theroux

Louis Armand - The Combinations

Prae - Miklós Szentkuthy

Adam Buenosayres - Leopoldo Marechal

Gregor Von Rizzori - Abel and Cain

Prairie Earth - William Least Heat-Moon

Kin -Miljenko Jergović

Havoc - Tom Kristensen

Larva - Julián Ríos

Belle du Seigneur -Albert Cohen

The Dying Grass - Vollmann

Top 10

1.) Apes of God - Wyndham Lewis

2.) The Recognitions - William Gaddis

3.) Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things - Gilbert Sorrentino

4.) Middlemarch - George Elliot

5.) 2666 Roberto Bolaño

6.) A Million Windows - Gerald Murnane

7.) Nightwood - Djuna Barnes

8.)Panthers and the Museum of Fire - Jen Craig

9.) The Lost Scrapbook - Evan Dara

10.) The Counterfeiters Andre Gide

Nov 19, 202101:27:52
Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander 

- Twitter @ryanhasbadtaste

- Instagram @therepublicofbadtaste 

Vollmannia podcast @vollmannia coming in 2022 

Gateway Books

- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 

- Hamlet 

- Goosebumps 

- Salem's Lot

- Arguably - Christopher Hitchens 


·  The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk; translated by Jennifer L. Croft

·  The Plains, Inland, A Million Windows, Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

·  Doppelgänger, Leica Format, Trieste, Belladonna, EEG by Daša Drndić; translated by S.D. Curtis, Celia Hawkesworth, and Ellen Elias-Bursać

·  Vertigo, The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald; translated by Michael Hulse and Anthea Bell

·  Mr. Theodore Mundstock, The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks; translated by Iris Urwin and Eva M. Kandler

·  Here in Our Auschwitz and Other Stories by Tadeusz Borowicki; translated by Madeline G. Levine

·  Satantango, The Melancholy of Resistance, War & War, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai; translated by George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet

·  Like a Tear in the Ocean, Vols. I-III by Manès Sperber; translated by Constantine Fitzgibbon

·  The Book of Blam, The Use of Man, Kapo by Aleksandar Tišma; translated by Michael Henry Heim, Bernard Johnson, and Richard Williams

·  A Dreambook for Our Time, A Minor Apocalypse by Tadeusz Konwicki; translated by David Welsh and Richard Lourie

·  Nostalgia, Blinding, Solenoid by Mircea Cărtărescu; translated by Julian Semilian and Sean Cotter

·  Kin by Miljenko Jergović; translated by Russell Scott Valentino
- Frost by Thomas Bernhard; translated by Michael Hofmann

·  The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz; translated by Celina Wieniewska

·  Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

·  Lookout Cartridge, A Smuggler’s Bible, Hind’s Kidnap by Joseph McElroy

Top 10

10. Women and Men by Joseph McElroy

9. The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

8. How to Quiet a Vampire: A Sotie by Borislav Pekić; translated by Stephen M. Dickey and Bogdan Rakić

7. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell; translated by Charlotte Mandell

6. Beloved by Toni Morrison

5. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

4. Ice by Anna Kavan

3. Rising Up and Rising Down, Vol I: Three Meditations on Death, The Days of the Niblungs, Definitions for Lonely Atoms by William T. Vollmann

2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

1. Moby-Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville

Nov 12, 202101:23:51
David Keenan

David Keenan

David Keenan


Gateway books

Under The Volcano

Lester Bangs - Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Currently reading / TBR

Burning Man: The ascent of D.H. Lawrence - Frances Wilson

Mona - Pola Oloixarac

Selected Letters - John Berryman

The World of Bob Dylan - Sean Lathem

Maximus Poems - Charles Olsen (reread)

(See also - A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson - George Butterick)

Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger - Peter Riley

(Forthcoming Feb 2022)

Top 10

Aqua Viva - Clarise Lispector

Moravagine - Blaise Cendrars

Maximus Poems - Charles Olsen

Under The Volcano - Malcolm Lowry

Monastic Architecture of France - Joan Evans

Lipstick Faces - Drew Marcus

In the Sierra - Mountain Writings Kenneth Rexroth

The Love Object Edna O’Brian

Leviathan - Paul Auster

Lester Bangs - Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Nov 04, 202101:18:57
Rick Harsch

Rick Harsch

Rick Harsch

@harsch_rick twitter

@rick.harsch instagram

Currently reading

Blood Meridian - Reread

Oskar Submerges, by Zachary Tanner

The Wolf Leaps, by Chandler Brossard

Bedraggling Grandma with Russian Snow, by Joao Reis

1.) Moby Dick - Melville

2.) Finnegans Wake - Joyce

3.) Middlemarch - Austen

4.) Alvaro Mutis

5.) Trieste - Daša Drndić

6.) Conversation in the Cathedral - Vargos Llosa

7.) Blaise Cendrars -Moravagine

8.) Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer

9.) Beckett Trilogy

10.) Don Quixote

Oct 29, 202151:41
Tex Gresham

Tex Gresham

Show notes

Tex Gresham


Sunflower is out 22nd of November through Spaceboy Books

Gateway Book

Valis - Philip K Dick

Currently reading

Search History - Eugene Lim

Ordinary People - Judith Guest

Top 10

1.) Inherent Vice - Pynchon

2.) Underworld - Don Delillo

3.) Valis - PKD

4.) Broom of The System - DFW

5.) American Psycho - BEE

6.) Dear Cyborgs Eugene Lim

7.) The Archive of Alternative Endings - Lindsay Gregor

8.) Bear - Marian Engel

9.) Factotem - Charles Bukowski

10.) Dark Tower - The Gunslinger - Stephen King.

Also mentioned -

Mammother by Zachary Schomburg

Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan

Oct 22, 202139:19
Courtenay S. Gray

Courtenay S. Gray

Show notes

Courtenay S. Gray

Upcoming work in

Gateway book

Lolita - Nabokov

Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye

Jack Moody - Dancing to Broken Records

Brett Easton-Ellis - American Psycho

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead

Simone de Beauvoir - Letters to Sartre

Top 10

1. )Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

2.) Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

3.) Love is a Dog From Hell - Charles Bukowski

4.) Age of Reason - Sartre

5.) Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

6.) Fata Morgana - William Kotzwinkle

7.) The Tunnel - Ernesto Sabato

8.) A Spy in the House of Love Anaïs Nin

9.) Notes From the Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

10.) Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille

Oct 15, 202140:30
George Salis

George Salis

George Salis

Show notes


Satanic Verses podcast -

Gateway books

Hitch 22 - Christopher Hitchens

Currently reading

Horseplay - Lee Siegel - (also Love in a dark language)

Lance Olsen - Dream Lives of Debris

Mircea Cărtărescu - Nostalgia

João Guimarães - Rosa The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

My Horse and Other Stories - Stacy Levine

Gregor Von Risori - Abel and Cain

Book of Portraiture - Steve Tomasulo (also Vass)

Ibrahim Al-Koni - Anubis and The Fetishists

Tom Mallin's - Erowina

Top 10

Ulysses - James Joyce

Infinite Jest - DFW

Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino (see also Mulligan Stew - Gillbert Sorrentino review coming up on The Collidescope)

Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Underworld - Don Delilo

Darconville’s Cat - Alexander Theroux

Oct 08, 202101:16:23
Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde

Show notes

Jasper Fforde

Gateway Book;

Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Current reads;

You Are Not Sparrows: A Light-Hearted Account of Flying Between the Wars - by S.J. Carr

Top 10

True Grit - Charles Portis

Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About - Mill Millington

He Died With A Felafel in his Hand - John Birmingham

1927 - Bill Bryson

Moomin - Tove Jansen

Catch-22 Joseph Heller

Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut

Tiger Tiger - Alfred Bester (AKA The Stars My Destination)

Alice in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass Lewis Carroll

Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

Douglas Adams - All books

Grim Short Story Comp - write your story as a review on and share with us via twitter @beyondzeropod or email to Shortlisted entries will be read on the show and the winner will receive a signed copy of Grimmish from Michael Winkler. 

Oct 01, 202101:18:49
Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler

Show notes 

Grim Short Story Competition;

Entries are open from 24th of September and close on 22nd of October. To submit go to and submit your story as a review of a product. Be creative ! Screenshot or send us a link once your entry is live and send to or tweet to @beyondzeropod #grim

10 stories will be shortlisted and read on the podcast. The winner will receive a signed copy of Grimmish. 

Here is an example; (see review titled nothing on earth)

Michael Winkler 

Top ten 

1.  Moby Dick by Herman Melville

2.  The Outsider by Albert Camus

3.  The Sweet Science by AJ Liebling

4.  The Unquiet Grave by Palinurus (Cyril Connolly)

5.  If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him! The pilgrimage of psychotherapy patients by Sheldon B. Kopp

6.  Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

7.  Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

8.  A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry Crews

9. Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin

10.  The Vivisector by Patrick White/The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser

Gateway book:

-  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig

-  Plus Bony books (Arthur Upfield), Agatha Christie books

Recent pleasures:

-  My Duck Is Not Your Duck by Deborah Eisenberg

-  Tell Me Why by Archie Roach

-  It gets me home, this curving track by Ian Penman

-  Make it Scream, Make it Burn by Leslie Jamison

-  Blacktop Wasteland by SA Crosby

-  The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

-  Shirl by Wayne Marshall

-  501 Minutes to Christ by Poe Ballantine



Sep 24, 202140:15
John 'NR' Wayne (AKA Travis Meyer)

John 'NR' Wayne (AKA Travis Meyer)

Meyer's Megafictional Musings

Twitter @nr_wayne 

Instagram @meyers_megafictional_musings 

Gateway Books 

Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz 

Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein 

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead 

Currently Reading / TBR / Just read 

America and The Cult of The Cactus Boots - Phillip Freedenberg + Jeff Walton. Corona\Samizdat Press

Old Man and The Sea - Hemingway 

J.G. Ballard - Concrete Island 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - General in His Labyrinth 

Richard Price - The Wanderers

Music choices 



Protest the Hero 

Rise Against 


Justice for All 


Top 10 

Fifth Business - Robertson Davies 

The Magus - John Fowles 

Middle C - William H Gass

Naked Singularity - Sergio De La Pava 

Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera 

The Recognitions - William Gaddis 

Against The Day - Thomas Pynchon 

The Tunnel - William H Gass

Pale King - David Foster Wallace 

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace



Sep 20, 202137:45
Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Audio clips are courtesy of the ABC and can be found on Ramona’s website and on the ABC website

Gateway book

The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde (read by Orson Wells)

Currently reading;

Berlin Alexanderplatz - Alfred Döblin

Edward Hirsch - How to Read a Poem, Gabriel.

Pat Shipman - Our Oldest Companions

Top 10

The Trial - Franz Kafka

My Mother’s House - Colette

Madame Bovary - Flaubert

What I saw - Joseph Roth

The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead

Grace Paley -The Little Disturbances of Man

Ernest Shackelton - South

Wisława Szymborska - Poetry

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich

Edward Hirsch - How to Read a Poem and Gabriel.

Sep 14, 202101:05:11
Brian Boyd
Sep 09, 202154:36
Alina Stefanescu

Alina Stefanescu

Season 1 Episode 6

Alina Stefanescu

Her new book Dor is available now

Gateway book

Emil Cioran - On The Heights of Despair

Currently Reading

Kate Zambreno - To Write As If Already Dead

Antoine Volodine - Minor Angels

Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism and K-Pop

Top 10

Annie Ernaux - The Years

Mihail Sebastian - For Two Thousand years

Jenny Erpenbeck - The End of Days

Norman Manea - The Black Envelope

Dumitru Țepeneag - Vein Art of the Fugue

Daniil Kharms - Today I Wrote Nothing

Gregor von Rezzori - An Ermine in Czernopol

Varlam Shalamov - Kolyma Tales

Svetlana Boym - Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea

Robert Musil - Diaries

Sep 02, 202142:46
Matt Bucher

Matt Bucher

Beyond The Zero

Season 1 Episode 5

With Matt Bucher

Show Notes


Tumblr coming soon

Concavity Show

Email -

Matt’s gateway book;

U and I - Nicholson Baker

Matt’s to be read and current reads

Paradise Nevada - Dario Diofebi

A Most Fun Thing - Kyle Beachy

A Shock - Keith Ridgeway

Ava - Carole Maso

House of All Nations - Christina Stead

Matt’s top 10

10.) Paul Bowles - The Sheltering Sky

9.) Herman Melville - Moby Dick

8.) John Updike - Rabbit is Rich

7.) Primo Levi - Survival in Auschwitz

6.) Sarah Gerard - Binary Star

5.) Iris Murdoch - Severed Head

4.) David Markson - Vanishing Point

3.) Roberto Bolano - 2666

2.) Jim Gauer - Novel Explosives

1.) David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest

Honorable mentions

Anne Petry - The Street

Brenda Lezano - Loop

Robert Eisler - Man into Wolf

Podcast A Very Square Peg by Brian Collins


Malcolm Lowry - Under The Volcano

Gerald Murnane - A Life On The Clouds

Maggie Nelson - Bluets

Aug 26, 202159:59
Bram Presser

Bram Presser

Beyond The Zero

Season 1 Episode 4

Gateway Book

I am The Cheese - Robert Cormier

Currently Reading

The Last Guest - J.P. Pomare

The Absolute Book - Elizabeth Knox

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen

The Promise - Damon Galgut

Grimmish - Michael Winkler

Klara And The Sun - Ishiguro

Smokehouse - Melissa Manning

Book of the year so far

The Employees - Olga Ravn

Top 10 (almost) 

1.) I am The Cheese - Robert Cormier

2.) The Trial - Franz Kafka

3.) The Tenant - Roland Topor

4.) Book of Daniel - E.L. Doctorow

5.) Too Loud a Solitude - Bohumil Hrabal

6.) Trieste daša drndić

7.) This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar Ben Jelloun

8.) Binu and the Great Wall - Su Tong

9.) The Ogre - Michel Tournier

10.) Censoring an Iranian Love Story - Shahriar Mandanipour

11.) The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman - Angela Hoffman

12.) The Infatuations Javier Marias

Honorable mentions

Andre Brink - A Dry White Season

I.J Singer - The Brothers Ashkenazi

Gerard Donovan - Schopenhauer’s Telescope

Jesse Ball - The Curfew, The census, Silence Once Begun.

Aug 19, 202137:47
Dustin Illingworth
Aug 12, 202146:38
Sean McCallum

Sean McCallum

Sean's book, The Recalcitrant Stuff of Life, is out October 15 through Outcast Press

Sean's TBR pile 

Thommy Waite  - Any Day You Can Die 

I'll Pray When I'm Dying - Stephen J Golds 

Absolom Absolom - Faulkner

Moby Dick -  Melville  

Stoner -John Williams 

J.R. McConvey -  Different Beasts 

Sean's Top Ten

1.) East of Eden - Steinbeck 

2.) The Sun Also Rises -  Hemingway 

3.) Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon

For Zak Smith's Illustrated GR see

4.) Bright Lights Big City - Jay McInerney

5.) The Body Stephen King

6.) Sound And The Fury Faulkner

7.) The Tender Bar - J.R Moehringer 

8.) The Tropic of Hockey Dave Bidini 

9.) Julian Barnes - History of the World in 10 and 1/2 Chapters

10.) High Fidelity - Nick Hornby 


Aug 05, 202144:39
Beyond The Zero with Thommy Waite

Beyond The Zero with Thommy Waite

Season 1 Episode 1 of Beyond The Zero. 

Show notes 

Thommy Waite is the author of Any Day You Can Die and is the host of Thommy Waite's Square Record.

His website is  

Twitter @thommywaite

Show notes;

Thommy's TBR pile

Freedom - Jonathan Franzen 

Bonfire of the Vanities - Thomas Wolf 

Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck 

Stoner - John Williams

Hope - Glen Duncan

Vernon God Little  - DPC Pierre (See Lights Out in Wonderland) 

 Thommy's Top 10

1.) Filth - Irvine Welsh

2.) Big Sur -Jack Kerouac

3.) The Marriage Plot - Jeffery Eugenides 

4.) The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart

5.) The Secret History - Donna Tart

6.) American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis 

7.) Rules of Attraction - Bret Easton Ellis 

8.) Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut 

9.) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 

10.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thomson 

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Beyond The Zero - A new 30 minute podcast about books. We speak to writers, readers and critics about their favourite books. Find us wherever you get your podcasts and on twitter @beyondzeropod


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