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On today's episode: a mother tries to reach her daughter, a woman tries to make sense of a stranger in town, and some extraordinarily exuberant love poems. Readings from Lynn Steger Strong (Hold Still), Sasha Fletcher (It Is Going To Be A Good Year), and Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman). Also discussed: The Tournament of Books! ~rev…
 
Three readings on the moments when our bodies and lives surprise us and betray us, in ways common and seemingly supernatural. Kerry Cullen reads her short story, "Unidentifiable," A. Igoni Barrett reads from his novel, Blackass (on sale March 1) and Sara Majka reads an excerpt from her collection, Cities I've Never Lived In (on sale now). ~review T…
 
This is not a Valentine's Day episode. But it is inappropriate for workplace listening, inappropriate for children, inappropriate for tender souls—wait, it's exactly right for tender souls. (Isn't all art?) Tony Tulathimutte and Belinda McKeon read from their new novels: on desire, longing, lust, shame, loneliness, family, and, yes, love. And porn.…
 
After some discussion of reading that can change your life, two readings about life in huge moments of change: marriage, death, love. Cara Parks reads an essay and Paul Lisicky reads the opening of his new book, The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship (on sale January 19). ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ CatapultPodcast.com // @CatapultPodcast // T…
 
The many ages of man. And girl. And mothers. And bodies. It's all terrifying and hilarious. Helen Ellis reads a story from her collection, American Housewife, out January 12, and Michael Ian Black reads the introduction to his new book of essays, Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird), which i…
 
Six short stories for the price of one (episode). Weird, whimsical, horrific, romantic—tiny containers make room for some of the strangest, most wonderful things. With Rahawa Haile and Lincoln Michel. ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ Note: Due to a technical error (a hard drive falling on the floor) there is no outtro music on this episode. Please k…
 
Today we celebrate The Oyster Review, home to great essays about great books: reviews, personal essays, celebrations, and explorations. Vivian Lee on karaoke, Myles Tanzer on subway survival, and Miranda Popkey on escape. And all of them on books. Review The Catapult in iTunes CatapultPodcast.com // @CatapultPodcast // The Trebuchet…
 
Two readings from two writers with brand new books: Emily Holleman reads from her new novel, Cleopatra's Shadows, and Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse: 90210, reads an essay about finding her path and her voice in NYC. And now it's time for the raffle! For a chance to win a copy of Cleopatra's Shadows, tweet a link to your favorite episode …
 
The first in a sporadic series of readings collected from early in our archives: three poetry readings from the first year of The Catapult. With: mermaids, aliens, new geometries, neurological disorders, remarkable women, rejection, porn, eating meat, and the color of the stars. **Also note: Our website is now CatapultPodcast.com, and our twitter i…
 
Both of today's readings come from novels that take their characters to foreign places: in Rebecca Dinerstein's The Sunlit Night, it's arctic Norway, and in Edan Lepucki's California, it's the wilderness of a world falling apart. The Sunlight Night is in bookstores now, and California is newly out in paperback. CatapultReads.com // @CatapultReads /…
 
On this episode, we bring you two different versions of lost and found: Jaya Saxena reads her essay, "Looking the Part," about trying to find a clear identity, and Molly McArdle reads from her novel in progress, Geography, with an excerpt about a boy lost on a city bus, and what he finds in the aftermath. CatapultReads.com // @CatapultReads // The …
 
Discussed: cats, fame, feminist spiritual preparation for marriage, independent bookstores, small towns, sudden disappearance, and a coming storm. Elisabeth Donnelly reads her essay, "How to Befriend a Cat," and Catie Disabato reads from her novel, The Ghost Network, out May 5 from Melville House. CatapultReads.com // @CatapultReads // The Trebuche…
 
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