RMSYL 54: Twirling at Ole Miss by Terry Southern (read by Gideon Lewis-Kraus)

Gideon Lewis-Kraus reading Terry Southern

I dislike travel writing about temples, or churches, or mosques, or architecture in general, or, for that matter, trees, or trains, or roads, and especially the Khyber Pass; in fact I think I only like travel writing when it’s not about travel at all but rather about friendship, lies, digression, amateurism, trains, and sex.” Gideon Lewis-Kraus


Gideon Lewis-Kraus is the author of A Sense of Direction, a travel memoir (of sorts). He has written for numerous US publications, including Harper’s, The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and others.


Gideon’s website: http://www.gideonlk.com/
Read Terry Southern’s Twirling at Ole Miss in full: http://bit.ly/O7ceVG

RMSYL 53: The Garden Party (read by Emily Midorikawa) vs. Mrs Dalloway (read by Emma Claire Sweeney)

Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa reading

“Because our friendship has been so important to our progress as  writers (as well as human beings), we wanted to find out about friendships between other female authors we loved. We all know quite a lot about male writer friends: Wordsworth & Coleridge, Hemingway & Fitzgerald. But who was Jane Austen’s friend? Who was George Eliot’s? Emma Claire Sweeney & Emily Midorikawa


Emily Midorikawa is a half-English, half-Japanese writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and her work has been published in, amongst others, Aesthetica, Mslexia, The Telegraph, and The Times. She teaches creative writing at City University London, New York University in London and the Open University.

Emma Claire Sweeney’s short stories have been published in the UK, Ireland and the USA. She combines writing with university lecturing, community based writing residencies, and mentoring and editing services for emerging writers. Her current writing, research, and residencies all relate to links between narrative and learning disability.

DISCUSSED: what makes prose timeless; interpersonal warmth & class tension; bang slap etymologies; transgressing boundaries; opposites attract and refract; the perfect segue; SW nails his colours to the mast; ECS does some judicious defending of VW; the Desert Island Discs question; Something Rhymed; gender differences in accomodating competition in friendships


Emma’s website: http://emmaclairesweeney.com/writing/
Emily’s website: http://emilymidorikawa.com/
Something Rhymed: http://somethingrhymed.com/

RMSYL 52: Power Lunching by E.Melvin Pinsel (read by Brian Lobel)

Brian Lobel Reading From Power Lunching by E Marvin Pinsel“The problem the whole book presents is that it’s trying to give you a strategy for getting what you want: out of people, out of things, out of a seat, an outfit, a drink. I hope, personally, my own agenda is a little bit more outward-facing.” Brian Lobel


Brian Lobel create performances about bodies: politicized bodies, marginalized bodies, dancing and singing bodies, happy bodies, sick bodies and bodies that need a little extra love. 

DISCUSSED: C-word alert (not cancer) ; existential #fail; power showers; my father for instance; charisma; I think about it every day; focus; playing games with hierarchy; the powerless pleasures of pyjama-time; aah…exhalation; our fantasies of invisible work/lavatories/side stands; how to get out of Siberia; deep vs. shallow relating; In Bed With Brian; schmoozing vs. networking; transactional loopholes that (might) lead to connection; barking teachers; the guest’s agenda


Brian’s website: http://www.blobelwarming.com
Buy “Power Lunching”

Short Story Masterclass Series

I’ve been on a bit of a RMSYL hiatus in the last few months, but new episodes to come soon.

Until then, if you’re missing listening to people reading you things they like -even if in this case the things happen to be their own writing- here are some interviews I did for Thresholds talking to a variety of interesting writers about their short story output .

Interview with Sarah Hall for Thresholds/Small Wonder
Interview with Margaret Drabble for Thresholds/Small Wonder
Interview with Joseph O’Connell for Thresholds/Small Wonder
Interview with with Michèle Roberts for Thresholds/Small Wonder
Interview with David Vann for Thresholds/Small Wonder
Interview with Deborah Levy for Thresholds/Small Wonder

RMSYL 50: Tooth by Michael Burkard (read by Ryan Van Winkle)

“”What the hell the tooth is doing there, I don’t know, but I love it.” Ryan Van Winkle


Ryan Van Winkle is currently Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a similar stint as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. This is how I first discovered him as the host of the SPL’s weekly poetry podcast which he curates with charismatic aplomb. His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the prestigious Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand and The Oxford Poets series. 

DISCUSSED: Unfolding Poems; Illogical Teeth; The Lost Son; Coming Open To Closed Poems; She is Fucking/Human (Divergent Synapses Firing); The Misery That Is Going To Pass

Ryan: http://ryanvanwinkle.com/
Buy Michael Burkard’s Unsleeping (includes Tooth)
Buy Ryan’s Tomorrow, We Will Live Here
Read Ryan’s History Of A Mouth (online)
SPL podcast: http://scottishpoetrylibrary.podomatic.com/