Podcasts are a form of oral storytelling which is why they have become so popular. Everyone loves stories, loves to hear something inspiring. Here are four literary podcasts that you can listen to and we hope at least one of them will, yes, inspire you.
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4. Food 4 Thot
This is a podcast that describes itself as a “multiracial mix of queer writers who talk about sex, identity, culture, what we like to read, and who we like to read.” What they don’t describe is how they do it. Raucously. There seems to always be an audience in the background laughing, clapping, or in perpetual shock and awe. Before they get into books, they play games like “to tweet or not to tweet,” and give an entertainment news briefing. In the most recent podcast, host Tommy Pico read an excerpt from his fourth book, a collection of poems entitled, Feed. It’s a very honest poem, and this podcast isn’t for the shy or faint of heart, but I do suggest you tune in and see if you like it.
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Also known as “reader life from the POV of two WOC.” It’s a podcast hosted by two women named Mollie and Danielle. Though they do not live in the same city, they manage to make the podcast work. One thing they love: genre fiction. I know this because one of their latest episodes was dedicated to N.K Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, of the fantasy genre. The two discuss the book’s gender politics, its more subversive moments, the authors’ bravery in writing the series, and so much more with rich intellectual curiosity. I definitely would recommend this podcast to anyone who loves listening to two smart women engage and enjoy each other’s company.
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Literary Disco is a podcast hosted by Tod Goldberg, a New York Times bestselling author, Julia Pistell, a writer and member of Upright Citizens Brigade, and Rider Strong, also a writer and actor, probably most well-known for his role on the TV show, Boy Meets World. This podcast is great. Why? It’s a mixture of intellectual discussion and light playful banter about books (of course) and they make it fun. For instance, in a more recent podcast, Rider Strong reads an excerpt from an anonymous book, and the other two have to guess the author and title by feeling out the genre, time period, and other elements that make up this book only known by its excerpt. It’s called “Judge a Book by Its Cover.” Get it? Except it should be “Judge a Book by Its Excerpt.” Anyway, they all have a great time, and so will you.
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The Book Review Podcast at the New York Times gets the top spot because it is the most in-depth, especially the “ten best books ” podcast. In this year’s specific episode, they divulge their process for how they choose each book, which is title by title and not as a whole. They choose five non-fiction and five fiction books, and the editors clarify that the word “best” does not mean what books they loved the most, but which had the highest literary quality. They also save time in the podcast to talk about books that were their own personal favorites. This year the top ten included Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School for fiction and The Club by Leo Damrosch for non-fiction. You have to tune in, even if you haven’t heard of these books. After listening to the podcast, I promise you’ll want to read at least one they’ve mentioned as soon as possible.
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