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Beyond The Zero

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We discuss the best books with book nerds, authors and critics from around the world.
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Beyond The Zero Feb 08, 2022

Jack Houghteling - SUNNYSIDE
Sep 29, 202336:45
Sep 27, 202351:06


Frank Santo


Buy The Birthparents here

Gateway books

Pride and Prejudice 

Sometimes a Great Notion - Ken Kesey

Currently reading/looking forward to/recently enjoyed

Victim - Andrew Boryga out from Double Day books in March 2024.

Broken Bottles - Anthony Koranda 

God, Human, Animal, Machine - Meghan O’Gieblyn

Desert Island Books

Catch-22 - Heller

One-Hundred Years of Solitude - GGM

The Quiet American - Greene 

Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

The Flashman Series 

Sommerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage 

Brave New World - Huxley

Milan Kundera - The Joke

Ismael Reed - Mumbo Jumbo 

Thomas Bernhard - Extinction 

Sep 21, 202344:16


Jeff Bursey

Get Unidentified Man At Edge of Photo here ;

Gateway books 

How and Why book series 

The Shadow, The Spider 

Groucho Marx books 

John Dos Passos - The Big Money 

Henry Miller - Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring 

Hedda Gabler - Ibsen 

William Gaddis - The Recognitions 

Blaise Cendrars - Moravagine and Memoirs 

Karl Ove Knausgaard - My Struggle 

Mervyn Peake - Gormanghast Trilogy 

Wyndham Lewis - Apes of God 

Currently Reading/Looking forward 

Entangled Life - Merlin Sheldrake 

Colin Thubron books 

Spark - Timothy J. Jorgensen

Richard Lemm -  Imagined Truths 

Desert Island Books

My Struggle Book 1 - Karl Ove Knausgaard 

Blaise Cendrars - Moravagine/Dan Yack

The Recognitions/JR - William Gaddis 

Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

Lee. D. Thomson - A Pastoral 

John Cooper Powys - A Glastonbury Romance  

Bahá'í prayer book. 

Sep 15, 202358:30


Buy South from Dundern Press

Gateway books 

John Christopher - Tripod series 

The Baron In The Trees - Calvino

When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver 

Kafka - The Castle 

2666 - Bolaño 

Beckett - Trilogy 

60 Stories -  Donald Barthelme

Wittgenstein’s Mistress - David Markson 

Ice - Anna Kavan

Current reads /looking forward to 

Solenoid - Marcea Cartarescu 

To The Lighthouse - Woolf

The Beetle Leg - John Hawkes 

Jon Fosse - The New Name 

The Woman Who Lived Among the Cannibals - Robert Kloss 

The Illiterate - Agota Kristoff 

Begat who Begat who Begat - Marcus Pactor 

Desert Island Books 

Life A User’s Manual - Perec 

Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson 

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy 

Book - Ken Sparling 

Bob or a Man on Boats - Peter Markus 

In The Blind - Eugene Marten

Ava Carole Maso 

Selected stories - Walser 

Rose Mellie Rose  Marie Redonnet

Stories in Another Language - Yannick Murphy 

Sep 07, 202331:53
Frank Wynne - The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild - Mathias Enard

Frank Wynne - The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild - Mathias Enard

Frank Wynne

Buy The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild here in the US

And here in UK

Gateway books 

Edmund White - A Boys Own Story 

Current reads /looking forward to 

Jennifer Croft - The Extinction of Irena Rey (2024) 

Desert Island books 

Ridley Walker - Russel Hoban

In Search of Lost Time - Proust

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands - João Guimarães Rosa

Ahmadou Kourouma - Sons of Independence 

The Iliad

Christopher Logue - War Music 

Tolkien - The Silmarillion

Nicola Barker - Darkmans 

Suspects - David Thomson 

Shakespeare - Collected works 

JR - Gaddis 

Aug 31, 202301:01:26
Frank Wynne
Aug 24, 202301:40:23
Katie Whittemore - NOT EVEN THE DEAD - Juan Gómez Bácena

Katie Whittemore - NOT EVEN THE DEAD - Juan Gómez Bácena

Katie Whittemore 

@mkwhittemore X

katie.whittemore1 Instagram 

Buy Not Even The Dead by Juan Gómez Bárcena

From Open Letter

Gateway books 

The Secret Garden 

The Little House on The Prairie 

Anne of Green Gables 

Caddie Woodlawn

Jean Craighead George

Watership Down 

Jane Gardam

Rodrigo Rey Rosa 

Rodrigo Fresan 

The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields 

Immortality - Kundera 

Sarah Waters 

Kate Atkinson 

Current reads

A Ghost in the Throat -  Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Desert Island books 

2666 - Bolaño

Watership Down -Richard Adams

Immortality - Kundera 

Aug 17, 202301:03:49


Pip Adam

Buy Audition from



Pip's Substack/podcast

Gateway books

Jackie Collins books

S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders

Wuthering Heights


Bae Suah - Nowhere to Be Found

Current Reads

Dawn Hounds - Sascha Stronach

Turncoat - Tīhema Baker

Corey Fah Does Social Mobility - Isabel Waidner

Lioness - Emily Perkins

Animal Joy - Nuar Alsadir

Desert Island Books


Nowhere to be Found - Bae Suah

Confessions of the Fox - Jordy Rosenberg

Bad Behaviour - Mary Gatskill

Watchmen - Alan Moore

Love and Rockets - Hernandez Brothers

The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing

Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

End of Days - Jenny Erpenbeck

Cesar Aira - Ghosts

Aug 12, 202357:43
Douglas Suttle - SUMMA KAOTICA - Ventura Amettler

Douglas Suttle - SUMMA KAOTICA - Ventura Amettler

Douglas Suttle

Buy Summa Kaotica here

Gateway books 



The Seafarer 

The Wanderer 

The Ruin 

Dream of the Rood

Lord of the Rings 

One Hundred Years of Solitude 

Orwell - Homage to Catalonia 

Current Reads /Looking Forward to 

Dictionary of Symbols - 

Septology - Jon Fosse 

Desert Island books 

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf 

Orkneyinga saga

Homage to Catalonia - Orwell 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Tractatus - Wittgenstein

The Thin Red Line -  James Jones

Collection of Anglo-Saxon Poetry 

The Wake - Paul Kingsnorth

Aug 03, 202301:13:26
Eugen Bacon - SERENGOTTI

Eugen Bacon - SERENGOTTI

Eugen Bacon

@EugenBacon Twitter

Buy Serengotti here ;

Gateway books / authors 

Toni Morrison 

Octavia Butler 

Peter Temple 

Current reads 

Paul Dalgarno - Country of Eternal Light 

Angela Slater - The Bone Lantern 

Desert Island books 

Toni Morrison 

Anthony Doer - All The Light We Cannot See / Cloud Cuckoo land 

Michael Ondaatje - Divisadero

Jul 27, 202343:12
K Hank Jost
Jul 23, 202324:59
Lee Klein - Chaotic Good

Lee Klein - Chaotic Good

Lee Klein

@leeklein0 twitter

@lee.klein_ Instagram

Buy Chotic Good here:


Gateway Books

Peter Pan. Where the Wild Things Are. The Big Book of Jokes and Riddles
Black Stallion series. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. Gary Gygax (D&D) 

Judy Blume’s Forever
Narnia/LOTRs (competitively read)
Sherlock Holmes
The Bounty Trilogy (Mutiny on the Bounty)
Count of Monte Cristo 

Gatsby, Prufrock, The Wasteland
Borges (in Spanish)
Crime and Punishment (2x)
Narcissus and Goldmund


Steppenwolf, Demian, Siddhartha, Journey to the East
Kafka stories
Kerouac (Subterraneans, Dharma Bums, Big Sur)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, The Doors of Perception, Island 
Another Roadside Attraction and Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, Deadeye Dick)
The Crying of Lot 49
Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Stories by Terry Southern
The Beat Reader – Burroughs, Corso, Ginsberg >> Blake 

Light in August
See Under: Love (Grossman -> Bruno Schulz)
Maus (graphic novels, Raw vols 1 and 2, Richard McGuire, Here)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog/Adventures in the Skin Trade (Dylan Thomas)

The Tin Drum, A Personal Matter, The Box Man, Carver, Steinbeck short novels, Hamsun (Hunger), Cheever stories, Auster, Beckett, Kafka, Handke, Artaud, Barthelme, Maupassant, Chekhov, TC Boyle, Philip Roth, Sontag essays, Ulysses, Moby Dick

DFW essays, Mark Leyner, DeLillo, Moody, The Recognitions, George Saunders, Pnin, The Last Samurai, Bernhard, Sebald, Gogol stories, Salinger stories, Geoff Dyer, Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials)


War and Peace, Proust, Musil, Mann, Hamsun

Bolano (Between Parentheses)

Knausgaard, Rachel Cusk, Houellebecq, Enard, Gracq, Perec, Zweig, Grace Paley, Hrabal, Aira, The Waves


Currently reading

Ute Av Verden, Knausgaard (in Norsk)  Reader’s Block, Markson

Henri Cartier-Bresson interviews Ubik, Philip K. Dick Looking forward to Middlemarch, Trollope The Wolves of Eternity, KOK MJ Nicholls stories  Steinbeck (shorter novels)  The rest of Hrabal in English (four books) Cormac McCarthy (his first four books) BTZ-inspired purchases: Monument Maker (David Keenan), The Salt Line (Shimoni), The Logos (Mark de Silva), Traveler of the Century and How to Travel Without Seeing (Andreas Neuman), The Kindly Ones (Littel), Too Much Life (Lispecter), Kafka Diaries

Recently read All of Us Together in the End, Matthew Vollmer Bang Bang Crash, Nic Brown All Dag Solstad in English (Novel 11, Book 18) All Tomas Espedal in English (Love, Tramp) I Served the King of England, Hrabal  The Belan Deck, Matt Bucher

Annie Ernaux (Happening, A Man’s Place, I Remain in Darkness) Philip Roth (Zuckerman Unbound, Patrimony, The Facts, The Counterlife) The Magus, John Fowles

Desert Island Books


The Birds, Tarjei Vesaas (Archipelago)
Weight of the World, Handke 

A Time to Live and a Time to Die, Erich Maria Remarque 
Garden, Ashes, Danilo Kis 
A Balcony in the Forest, Julien Gracq
A Musical Offering, Luis Sagasti (Charco, Fionn Petch)
Atomik Aztex, Sesshu Foster (Grove Press)
Amazons, Cleo Birdwell (DeLillo)
A Time for Everything, KOK (Archipelago)
Joseph and His Brothers, Thomas Mann (John E. Woods translation; Modern Library)


Jul 13, 202301:47:14


Aaron Jacobs 

Time Will Break The World

Gateway books / Authors 

John Bellairs 

Edith Wharton - Age of Innocence 

Private Parts - Howard Stern 

Where I am Calling From - Raymond Carver 

Portnoy’s Complaint - Roth 

Henderson The Rain King - Bellow 

A Fan’s Notes - Frederick  Exley 

Current Reads/Looking forward to 

White Cat Black Dog - Kelly Link 

Foster - Claire Keegan 

Tender Is he Flesh - Augustina Bazterrica 

The Passenger /Stella Maris - Cormac McCarthy 

Hernan Diaz- Trust 

Desert Island Books 

Ulysses - Joyce 

Underworld - Don DeLillo

Song Of Solomon - Toni Morrison 

Homeland - Sam Lipsyte 

Complete Garielle Lutz 

InnerTube - Hob Broun 

Joy Williams - Quick and the Dead 

Palefire - Nabokov 

Jul 07, 202341:22
Jen Craig - WALL

Jen Craig - WALL

Jen Craig 

Buy Wall from

Currently reading/Looking forward to

Annie Ernaux 

Vigdis Hjorth


Country of Eternal Light - Paul Dalgarno 

Angela O’Keefe - The Sitter

Jun 29, 202352:35
Thomas Legendre - SPRING FEVER

Thomas Legendre - SPRING FEVER

Spring Fever is out now through Valley Press

Gateway Books 

Sherlock Holmes 

Martin Amis - London Fields 

Annie Proulx - Shipping News 

Don DeLillo  

Cormac McCarthy 


Edith Wharton 


Current Reads/ recently enjoyed/ looking Forward to 

Burntcoat - Sarah Hall

Patricia Dunker- Sophie and the Civil 

Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth Hardwick 

Colson Whitehead - Crook Manifesto

Alan Warner - Nothing Left to Fear From Hell 

Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers - The Tilt Torn Away From The Seasons 

Hoodwitch - Faylita Hicks 

Headless John The Baptist Hitchhiking -  C. T. Salazar

Desert Island Books 

Middlemarch - George Elliot 

Jayne Eyre - Brontë

Collected Borges 

London Field/House of Meetings - Martin Amis 

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy 

Tristrom Shandy - Sterne 

Jun 29, 202355:22
Michael Gerard - AFTERALL

Michael Gerard - AFTERALL

Michael Gerard 


Gateway Books 

Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 

Tao Lin Taipei

Current reads / Looking forward to 

Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Fantastic Fictions -  Sam Pink

Shane Jesse Christmas - new book 

Desert Island Books 

Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton 

E.E. Cummings - Collected works 

Jun 24, 202324:39


Joel Warner - The Curse of the Marquis de Sade

Gateway books 

Jonathan Harr - The Lost Painting 

Current reads / recently enjoyed or looking forward 

The Act of Oblivion - Robert Harris 

Killers of the Flower Moon - David Gran 

Desert Island Books 

The Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck 

The Adventures of Cavilier and Clay - Michael Chabon 

Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides 

Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethem

Jun 21, 202331:57
Priscilla Gilman - THE CRITIC'S DAUGHTER

Priscilla Gilman - THE CRITIC'S DAUGHTER

Priscilla Gilman


@priscilla.gilman Instagram 

Gateway books 

The Phantom Tollboth - Norton Juster

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Betsy- Tacy books

Paddington - Michael Bond 

Charlotte’s Web 

Song of Solomon 

Wuthering Heights  

Great Expectations 

Current reads/recently enjoyed/ looking forward to 

Lone Women - Victor LaValle 

Ann Beattie - new collection - Onlookers 

Andrew Porter - The Disappeared 

The Netanyahu’s - Josh Cohen 

Desert Island Books 

Norton Anthology of poetry 

Collected Poetry - Wordsworth 

Omnibus Jane Austen 

To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf 

Great Expectations - Dickens 

Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Riverside Shakespeare 

Jun 15, 202350:08


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 

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