Best Books and Writing podcasts we could find (Updated April 2019)
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Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!
 
Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
 
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Writing Excuses
Weekly
 
Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.
 
Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com
 
What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.
 
Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)
 
You'll get fun and friendly doses of writing advice in three short chunks: a Quick and Dirty Tip, a meaty middle, and a final tidbit. Grammar Girl covers everything from punctuation and grammar to style and voice. QuickandDirtyTips.com
 
The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion
 
Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
 
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Overdue
Weekly
 
Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
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Get Booked
Weekly
 
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
 
The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers: Award-winning podcast for newbie writers that's been online since 2005! If you're new and unsure how get (and keep!) going in your writing career, this is the show for you. Past shows have guest starred Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and so many more!
 
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The Penguin Podcast
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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview five objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast
 
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After Words
Weekly
 
Interviews with top nonfiction authors by journalists, public policy makers, legislators, and others familiar with their work. After Words airs each weekend at the following times: Saturday at 10pm ET Sunday at 9pm ET Monday at 12am ET
 
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On The Page
Weekly
 
ON THE PAGE: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.
 
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Club Book
Monthly
 
The Book Club Rewritten
 
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Circulating Ideas
Monthly+
 
the librarian interview podcast
 
Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriters and filmmakers alike about their creative process!
 
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Book Fight
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast about books, writing, reading, and raccoons. Hosted by Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, editors at Barrelhouse Magazine and authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. Winner of a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. You don't need to read the books to enjoy the show!
 
Interviews with authors and writers about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing.
 
Audio recordings of classic and contemporary poems read by poets and actors, delivered every day.
 
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Reading Glasses
Weekly
 
Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the ...
 
Twice a week or so, the London Review Bookshop becomes a miniature auditorium in which authors talk about and read from their work, meet their readers and engage in lively debate about the burning topics of the day. Fortunately, for those of you who weren't able to make it to one of our talks, were able to make it but couldn't get a ticket, or did in fact make it but weren't paying attention and want to listen again, we make a recording of everything that happens. So now you can hear Alan Be ...
 
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Little Atoms
Weekly
 
A Show About Ideas and Culture
 
Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
 
A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Your language questions: https://waywordradio.org/contact or words@waywordradio.org. Call toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at ...
 
Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship
 
a weekly radio program hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and co-host Marrie Stone, on the art and business of writing. More on the show, writers, and writing at penonfire.com. Follow us on Twitter @WOWkuciFM and Facebook at Writers on Writing KUCI-FM.
 
A podcast exploring the wit and weirdness of medieval texts
 
The Bookshelf is a program for dedicated readers and those who wished they read more. What are we reading, loving, being surprised or challenged by? What’s new and what have you missed?
 
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All the Books!
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All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and enthusiasm regarding the week's new book releases.
 
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Books and Authors
Weekly
 
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
 
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
 
We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started re ...
 
Insights and inspiration for growing your self-publishing business, featuring interviews with bestselling authors and publishing experts.
 
Writers on writing. The Dead Robots' Society, a gathering of writers podcasting to other aspiring writers, hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication.
 
Ed Gandia, co-author of the bestselling book, The Wealthy Freelancer, reveals how to propel your writing business to the six-figure level (or the part-time equivalent). In this nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense podcast, you'll discover how to get better clients, earn more in less time, and bring more freedom and joy into your writing business. Ed will walk you through the practical, “doable” systems and strategies he has developed in his own writing business — the same systems he has taught his pr ...
 
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Eclectic Readers
Monthly
 
What is Eclectic Readers?We're a bookish podcast that reads a wide variety of books and discusses them. In our regular monthly episodes, we talk about what we're currently reading, a general bookish topic, and then discuss that month's book pick. We've set it up that way so that if you haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, or it's a book that you just aren't interested in (it happens, no shame!), you can still listen to the first half of the episode.We do announce the next mont ...
 
The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the Literacy in Media Award.
 
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DIY MFA Radio
Weekly
 
Take your writing from average to awesome! Don’t waste any more time spinning your wheels or questioning your talent. Learn to write more, write better, write smarter. This podcast will give you tools and techniques so you can feel like a real writer, master the craft of fiction and finally finish that book you've always dreamed of writing.
 
A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.
 
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Reading Women
Monthly+
 
Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented women writers whose work we’ve loved.
 
The LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, as its name suggests, looks out at the world of books from its perch on the Pacific Rim. Since the 19th century writers have bridled at New York’s seeming monopoly over publication. Bret Harte in The Overland Monthly, John Crowe Ransom and Robert Penn Warren in I’ll Take My Stand, and the other regionalists, along with other outsiders, people who felt excluded from the literary conversation, and writers and readers in a thousand places — including even New Yo ...
 
Readings and discussions featuring today's best authors, recorded live at Washington DC's famous Politics & Prose bookstore and presented by Slate.com.
 
Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work and your reviews.
 
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The Great Books
Weekly
 
Hillsdale College’s John J. Miller discusses classic works within the Western literary canon.
 
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Spectator Books
Weekly
 
Literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith.
 
Learn from writing coach Ann Kroeker how to achieve your writing goals (and have fun!) by being more curious, creative, and productive.
 
The Brandon Sanderson Podcast made by 17th Shard, the biggest Brandon Sanderson nerds. Come here for all your cosmere, Stormlight Archive, and Mistborn discussion, as well analysis of news and current Words of Brandon.
 
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Mostly Lit
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Join Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and insightful way! #ShowDemBooks Manager and Executive Producer Clarissa Pabi Contact us MostlyLit@gmail.com
 
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Crime writer Andy Muir and cultural historian Catie Gilchrist join Kate Evans and Mark Sutton as they discuss T C Boyle's Outside Looking In, Don Winslow's The Border and Simon Cleary's The War Artist
 
DRS Episode 542 -Arcs and SquirrelsTerry and Paul found a topic. Pretty sure they immediately lost it.Enjoy the show? Consider becoming a Patreon supporter and for as little as $1 a month, you can help keep the podcast free and receive exclusive content. More information at "http://patreon.com/drspodcast".…
 
Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan visits the Penguin studio to talk about his new novel ‘Machines Like Me’ - set in an alternatives 1980’s in which synthetic humans are on sale. Ian and Katy talk about the ethics of AI, why drinking wine on the top of a mountain is good for your health and how being an A list Hollywood screenwriter can be ...…
 
John and Craig welcome back Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, Straight Outta Compton) to talk all things sound: how it works on the page, on the stage, and in the mixing room. Andrea shares her experience working with sound for her upcoming directing debut, The Kitchen. We also follow up on WGA developments and deep dive Craig’s feelings on m ...…
 
Today’s guest Holli Petersen has created a very special family book club that might inspire you to pick up the phone and call a bookish loved one as soon as the episode is over. She also totally hated one of Anne's favorite titles for the first 100 pages, before a turn of events melted her heart… Anne has mentioned this title DOZENS of times on ...…
 
John J. Miller is joined by Richard Langworth of Hillsdale College to discuss Winston S. Churchill’s My Early Life.
 
On this week’s show, we sit down with Shakespeare expert Emma Smith and novelist Tash Aw talks about his latest book, We, the Survivors. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
 
This week, Liberty and Tirzah discuss Storm of Locusts, Ragged Alice, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, and more great books. This episode was sponsored by Amazon Kindle Unlimited, Ritual Vitamins, and FabFitFun. Pick up an All the Books! 200th episode commemorative item here. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS or iTunes and never miss a ...…
 
Will Ashon is the author of Strange Labyrinth (Granta, 2017) and two novels. He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo. Will's latest book is Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces).
 
Cooking sensation Kwame Onwuachi is one of America’s best known chefs of color, and a vocal ambassador for Afro-Caribbean fusion cuisine. He first gained a national following as a Final Four contestant on the 2016 season of reality television juggernaut Top Chef. He wowed the judges, time again, by ingeniously melding elements of his parents’ N ...…
 
Doppelganger, estival, and funambulist. Jane Solomon shares the story behind her new book, "The Dictionary of Difficult Words." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl | Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl | Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl | Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl | Instagram: ht ...…
 
Scott Lynch's 2006 debut novel is a "sword and sorcery crime novel" about a gang of thieves who get caught up in a power struggle for the fate of their city. The Lies of Locke Lamora bumps up against issues of class and privilege, but it's mostly a story about cool thieves doing cool cons. Talking points include Omar Little, fantasy theatrics, ...…
 
This week we continue our Spring Forward season by discussing an essay by Matt Jones that first appeared in The New England Review and was then republished by The Lit Hub. The essay, titled "How Can We Warn Future Humans of the Poison We Buried Underground?", is a kind of thought experiment brought on by an actual project, in which a team of th ...…
 
This week, Jessi and Quint break it off. But not before they harass two master actors and probable lovers by accusing them of crimes and stalking them across New York City. Meanwhile, the boys talk fatherhood, the boys that make them horny, the Nickelodeon show Doug, old Don Hertzfeld shorts, and their mutual friend Gus. (Hi Gus!) Also, Ellen a ...…
 
Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Helen Ellis about her new book Southern Lady Code. Helen shares what it was like writing essays based on her real life and why she loves the Libby app so much! Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter. Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We're not just book nerds ...…
 
Hundreds of years ago, the word girl didn't necessarily mean a female child. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the term "girl" could refer to a child of either sex. Only later did its meaning become more specific. Plus, some people think that referring to a former spouse as an ex sounds harsh or disrespectful. So what DO you call someone you used ...…
 
Many authors dream of seeing their book turned into a film or TV show, but what are the realities of pitching and even getting optioned? In today's show, DJ Williams shares his experience and tips. In the intro, I share my writing update and why I am still learning more about podcasting after 10 years. Need help with the business side of writin ...…
 
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about millennial audiobook habits, the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, Penguin Random House's loyalty program, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: The Great Courses Plus Kindle Unlimited Libro.fm TBR Links discussed in this episode: Pulitzers announced OverDrive report on audiobooks habits Random House begins loy ...…
 
What are the differences between a writer, an author, and an artist? Consider these seven thoughts on how writers can elevate their craft to the next level.
 
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - In celebration of World Book Night, we spent time with our fave Tomi Adeyemi! We speak about Children of Blood and Bone, inspirations and what we have to look forward to with the film, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance! Not one to miss! - Book: Children of Blood and Bone - Intro Music by: @StuffDeejSays ------------- ...…
 
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard Your setting can quickly tell the reader what kind of a story they’re reading, and in this episode we’ll talk about how we make that happen. Think of it as the “establishing shot” principle from film making, expanded to cover whatever worldbuilding details we choose to reveal first. Line ...…
 
Ali Smith on her new novel, Spring, Easter Eggs in fiction and books to live by
 
Longtime American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks offers strategies on how to bridge the political divide in America. He's interviewed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
 
We're back with more Knights Radiant, and this time we go even slower, getting sidetracked with lots of Surgebinding PedantiCast action. How does Progression work? Future sight stuff, Soulcasting mechanics, and Shadesmar and astral projection. Oh, we also talk about some Knights Radiant...This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Evgen ...…
 
As the recovery process begins after the April 15th fire the consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, we reflect on the event, we learn how to make stained glass from a 12th-century artisan, and we hear about the architectural glories of the cathedral as described by Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly shortly after the First World War. Today's ...…
 
Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you're capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by political leader, entrepreneur, and nonprofit CEO Stacey Abrams is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges ...…
 
I talk novel writing and roadblocks and the Hugo ballot.By mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty).
 
Manager/Producer Markus Goerg (Heroes and Villains Entertainment) describes a writer’s career as, “never boring, never easy and never a straight line."By inquire@onthepage.tv (Pilar Alessandra).
 
This week, Liberty discusses a few great older books, including Green Island. This episode is sponsored by Mike Mignola's Hellboy. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS or Apple Podcasts and never miss a beat book. Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news. Books discussed on the show: Alice's Island by Daniel Sán ...…
 
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with author of “The Belles” Dhonielle Clayton at the 2019 NoVa Teen Book Festival. They all agreed that adulting is hard, then discussed the idea of beauty, and, if you had the chance, how far you would go to change yourself… down to your very bones. The Belles on Goodreads and Amazon The Everlasting Rose on Good ...…
 
Content marketing has officially gone mainstream. It’s a “must do” for most businesses in today’s trust economy. While this increased demand has created huge opportunities for writers, it has also commoditized a lot of our work and given rise to content mills and rock-bottom fees. We’re not doomed. But to succeed, writers have to become a highe ...…
 
Author and Artist William E Jones joins co-hosts Eric Newman, Medaya Ocher, and Kate Jones to discuss his first novel I'm Open to Anything. In the midst of a successful career as both an artist and a writer of non-fiction, William explains what inspired this change; albeit one clearly situated in the Los Angeles of the late 80s, which William e ...…
 
Consciousness and artificial intelligence in Ian McEwan's Machines Like Me, a life defined by books and reading with Caro Llewellyn, writing Irish police procedurals in Perth with Dervla McTiernan, and a longtime fan of Joanne Harris reviews her latest novel.
 
Temi Oh graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with a BSci in Neuroscience. While at KCL, Temi founded and ran a book-club called “Neuroscience-fiction”, where she led discussions about science-fiction books which focus on the brain. In 2016, she received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh.…
 
Host Jeff Goldsmith interviews co-directors Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer about Pet Sematary. Download my podcast here Copyright © Unlikely Films, Inc. 2019. All rights reserved.By yogoldsmith@gmail.com (Jeff Goldsmith).
 
Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, talks with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about exclamation points, comma splices, and an assortment of matters concerning grammar and punctuation. Download audio. (Broadcast date: April 17, 2019)By penonfire@earthlink.net (Barbara DeMarco-Barrett).
 
Brian's most recent book, Uncanny Collateral, is described (on Brian's Twitter) as "Harry Dresden meets Dog the Bounty Hunter in a fast-paced urban fantasy about a collection agent who works for the supernatural."By feedback@swordandlaser.com (Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont).
 
Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold in 37 countries across the globe. She writes for both adults and children and her work includes two of the most critically and commercially acclaimed ghost stories of modern times, Dark Matter and Thin Air and the prize-winning, million copy selli ...…
 
Wakandan, Groot, and more. The movies in the Marvel universe are filled with interesting real and made-up languages. Plus, did you know Easter and Passover are linguistically related? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl | Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl | Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl | Pintere ...…
 
Brea and Mallory talk about cult books and interview author Erica Boyce! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Sponsor - BookCon June 1st & 2nd NYC bookcon2019.com/readingglasses Links - Erica BoyceErica’s TwitterErica’s Instagram Rea ...…
 
The 241st episode of the Reading and Writing podcast features an interview with Ben Adams, author of The Enigmatologist. Click here to subscribe to the Reading & Writing podcast via iTunes. Click here to subscribe to the podcast via email. Click here to listen to the podcast on Soundcloud. Or, click here to listen... [[ This is a content summar ...…
 
Amanda and Jenn discuss queer protagonists, science reads by women of color, inspiring reads and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm, Care/Of, and The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. Questions 1. Hi – Thank you so much for your show – I a ...…
 
This week one of our Shambles bloggers, Pete Etchells, joins Robin and guest co-host Bec Hill, to talk about his brand new book Lost in a Good Game. They chat about the book, video games, Douglas Adams, the Stanford Prison Experiment and much more. Pete's book is out now and you can read his blog at cosmicshambles.com/words/blogs/peteetchells S ...…
 
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with authors Alex London and Carmen Rodrigues at the 2019 NoVa Teen Book Festival, who met for the first time at the interview, but quickly bonded over their shared love of early Christian Slater movies. Then they learned that Dolphins are the frat boys of the sea, discussed how authors shouldn’t be pinned down b ...…
 
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