Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 10 - The Reality of Having a Bestseller (Guest: Patrick Wensink)

Every month, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor columnist Cath Murphy, Education Director Rob W. Hart, and Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky.

Episode 10 - The Reality of Having a Bestseller (Guest: Patrick Wensink)

On this, the occasion of our decennial episode, we are joined by the pleasantly odiferous Patrick Wensink, LitReactor instructor and bestselling author of Broken Piano For President, live from his son's nursery. We kick things off with a rousing discussion of Jim Carrey's pretentious sounding children's book, Amazon's absorption of Goodreads, and one grandmother's objection to Amazon categorizing porn as "teen books for girls."

Reads: Cath laments the rich prose and prosaic plot of Lauren Groff's Arcadia, Rob mistakes Monica Drake's The Stud Book for a self-help guide, Josh crosses the Rubicon of his Steve Erickson obsession, and Patrick wonders why it took him so long to pick up Bright Lights, Big City.

Topic: We discuss the Patrick-centric reality of having a best-selling novel, and the controversy over his misconstrued Salon.com article. Lightly seasoned with Twitter opprobrium and shopping addiction. Enjoy.

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Cath Murphy writes for a bunch of literary and film websites (where “bunch” isn’t quite as many as it sounds), offering unwanted opinions on anything that appears in her crosshairs. She is a co-host of Unprintable: The Official Podcast of LitReactor.com, and along with the fabulous Eve Harvey she also podcasts very rude stuff on Sluttylemon.

Rob W. Hart is the associate publisher for MysteriousPress.com. His short stories have appeared in Dogmatika, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Crime Factory, and Shotgun Honey, and he is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. He lives in New York City. You can find him on the interwebz at www.robwhart.com.

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He also writes for Twitch and has written for ChuckPalahniuk.net. He might still be a guitarist in the band SpeedSpeedSpeed and is the poison pen behind thejamminjabber, although he's not so sure he should admit it.

Special thanks to Gordon Highland for the intro and musical cues. Visit him at gordonhighland.com.

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Nathan Scalia's picture
Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things April 15, 2013 - 2:12pm

If you guys were serious about needing more editors, I'd be more than happy to apply...