Erik Malinowski of Bleacher Report talks about writing a book about the Golden State Warriors, our favorite Simpsons episodes (including which one to best introduce Brian’s daughter to the show), and why you should never Tweet. We also get super nerdy talking about Scrivener.
Dr. Ben Sawyer, a historian from Middle Tennessee State, joins Brian to talk about why Forest Gump is a dangerous movie, why journalists are kicking historians butts in terms of writing compelling works, and why Lenin was making it all up as he went along (validating a long-standing theory of Brian’s). They also discuss their favorite Founding Fathers.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton with Ken Girl
Woody Guthrie: A Life by Joe Klein
To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party by Heather Cox Richardson.
Dan Horan, OFM, is Alexander Hamilton to Brian’s Aaron Burr. OK, not exactly. But the writer, theologian and Franciscian friar talks about how he keeps up an insanely productive writing schedule (seriously, six books and 120 articles in just about a decade), reinvention, the problems with academic writing, and drops some Post-Colonial Theory on us. (Also, there’s a fair amount of St. Bonaventure talk).
Author Jeff Pealrman tells us why the 1980s were an awesome time in sports, how he turns 400-500 interviews into a narrative, and why he loves writing in coffee shops. He also tells us the real reason he wrote the excellent book “Gunslinger” about Brett Favre.
Casey Stengel: Baseball’s greatest character by Marty Appel
The widowhood effect: What it’s like to lose a spouse in your 30s by Christina Frangou
Food writer Jared Paventi tells us how to eat like a food critic, how he uses his camera to write recipes and the challenges in trying to maintain a blog you’re proud of . He also breaks down why he doesn’t like Hamilton.
ESPN’s Bomani Jones joins us to talk about the lessons writers can learn from economics; how his writing career influences his broadcasting work; and why college journalism students should take philosophy courses. He also gives Brian a long-overdue education to James Brown.
Michelle Garcia, senior editor for race and identities at Vox, talks about growing up as the daughter of an award-winning author, growing up in the shadow of Donald Trump, and why journalism is all about verbs. She and Brian also share some shocking confessions about Harry Potter and Oswego. It’s amazing they stay friends.
Writer, podcaster and one of Brian’s favorite people on the internet Merlin Mann talks about how the best writing books are kind of self-help books; how writing can influence every aspect of your life; and Hamilton. So much wonderful Hamilton nerdery.
New York Times columnist Dan Barry talks about the benefits of slowing down, the clarifying power of deadline and how the Franciscan sensibility informs his writing. He and Brian talk A LOT about St. Bonaventure. You’ve been warned.
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Writer, editor and professor Leah Stacy talks about why we’re drawn to stories about food and eating; how storytelling influences everything she does; and why she never uses red pen when editing or grading students’ work.
Will Leitch from Sports On Earth (and Bloomberg Politics, and New York Magazine, and New Republic, and Deadspin) talks about the importance of giving yourself deadlines, why being organized is important to being a writer, and making editors happy. We also talk about when to start reading Harry Potter to your kids.
Tim Graham from the Buffalo News talks about why writers hate mediocrity, writing stories no one else does, and a shocking amount about Rich Bartel. He also tells me whether or not I have any reason to hope for the Buffalo Bills this season (spoiler alert: nope).
In an interview recorded on the shores of Canandaigua Lake, Mark Obbie talks about what it's really like to make your living as a freelance writer, reporting on crime and crime victims, and the value of having a story contradict your opinion. He also talks about being my boss.
Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News talks about balancing beat and featuring writing, bringing the reader into the interview, and getting out of the way of the story.
Author and adman Charles Benoit joins us to talk about Hamilton, his writing process and why he has to get technology out of his character's hands as soon as possible.