Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 26 - The State of Transgressive Fiction (Guest: Irvine Welsh)

Every episode, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor Review Editor Cath Murphy, Education Director Rob Hart, Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky, Class Facilitator Renee Asher Pickup, and Columnist Brandon Tietz.

Episode 26 - The State of Transgressive Fiction (Guest: Irvine Welsh)


News: J.K. Rowling is accused of supporting a misogynist, which leads to a HUGE discussion of British politics, much to the chagrin of the one American (Brandon).

Reads: Irvine Welsh is FINALLY reading a book about drugs, Brandon is reading Irvine, and Cath is reading Just Kids. But this all turns into a conversation on drugs/education/being a writer (which is much more interesting) and OHMYGOD, BEGBIE'S GETTING HIS OWN BOOK!!!

Topic: The state of transgressive fiction. How it’s evolved from the days of “Trainspotting”/”American Psycho”/”Fight Club”. Is it now mainstream? How younger authors are approaching it.

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Cath Murphy is the Review Editor for LitReactor, and together with Eve Harvey, blogs and podcasts at Domestic Hell and Vulpes Libris.

Brandon Tietz is a columnist for LitReactor, and the author of Out of Touch and Good Sex, Great Prayers. His short stories have been widely published, appearing in such anthologies as Warmed and Bound, Spark, and Burnt Tongues, which was co-edited by Chuck Palahniuk and Richard Thomas. Visit him at www.brandontietz.com.

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

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore February 15, 2016 - 11:56am

A great guest and discussion. Thanks!

The grind of a book tour, I can't relate, as I've only done individual events. But I know what it's like as a musician, that, by the time you physically schlep thousands of pounds of gear and deal with all the ancillary bullshit, it can be tough to muster the energy to do the actual performance night after night. Getting to play union halls was a relief, because the roadies took care of all that stuff and I could just focus on my real job, which is what I hope it's like for a successful author. I (coincidentally) tailed Franzen into one of his events a few years ago, and it was just him and a publicist or whatever, hop out of the car, walk right up onto the stage and start. *sigh*