Thick Skin analyzes negative feedback from the author's perspective.
"I'm actually shocked by that comment!" with Michelle Gable.
"Part of being a writer is just accepting the risk that you aren't any good and you can't see it" with Mike Meginnis.
"If you read every book you pick up to see if it meets David Foster Wallace's rule for some hypothetical future vanguard of lit rebels...I just really, really suspect you are a man" with Elisa Gabbert.
"This is...like the thing they did in Communist China where people had to get up and 'self-criticize'" with Emily Gould.
The Two Darts with Clancy Martin.
"My whole world cracked open and the potential for what my life could be completely shifted" with Catie Disabato.
"Some have called it the worst review of all time" with Porochista Khakpour.
"The worst things critics have ever said about my work pale in comparison to the worst things I've said to myself" with Laura van den Berg.
"We need a pain scale like the one in the ER" with Rebecca Makkai.
"NO ONE separates the art from the artist anymore. It's like, a lost art." with Chloe Caldwell.
"Art can no longer successfully be the mirror it once was" with Thomas Christopher Greene.
"You're freaking me out now" with Joe McGinniss Jr.
"Personal failing? Moral ineptitude? Limited exposure to art?" with Hannah Pittard.
"Most people who hate my book hate it for some combination of three reasons" with Tony Tulathimutte.
"An elephant, however good, is not a good warthog" with Sigrid Nunez.
"I don't necessarily love that girl either" with Stephanie LaCava.
Influenced discusses the works that made the writer
A Bit Contrived features authors who exist talking about books that don't.
Annie DeWitt on Barry Hannah's Hey Jack and Marguerite Duras' The Lover
Sara Majka on Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
Greg Jackson on Calvin & Hobbes
Tiffany McDaniel on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Andrew O'Hagan on The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
Alexis M. Smith on Margaret Atwood's Surfacing.
Alexander Weinstein on Charlie Kaufman.
Lara Vapnyar on War and Peace.
Rebecca Dinerstein on All The King's Men.
Garth Greenwell on Death in Venice.
Charlotte Shane on The Naomi Poems.
AS Hamrah on Godard on Godard.
Alix Ohlin on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Hermione Hoby on Underworld.
Meghan O'Gieblyn on The Brothers Karamazov.
Paul La Farge on Pale Fire.
Sally Rooney on Belle and Sebastian
Helen DeWitt on The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
Dave Itzkoff on The Journalist and the Murderer
To Curry Favor with the Wealthy by Aaron Thier, cover design by Linda Huang.
A First, Wincing Sip by Andrew Ladd, cover design by Devin Washburn.
Zip and Unzip by Julie Schumacher, cover design by Emily Mahon.
Too Fond, Perhaps by JC Hallman, cover design by Jamie Keenan.
& Yet & Yet & Yet by Victoria Hetherington, cover design by Jamie Keenan.
Great Birds of Light by Mark Doten, cover design by David Drummond.
A Perfunctory Understanding by @GuyInYourMFA, cover design by Zak Tebbal.
Dying Fabric and Making Gunpowder by Diana Wagman, cover design by Jason Ramirez.
Acting Like Something Concrete by Mary Jo Bang, cover design by Mark Abrams.
Sour Grapes and Roasting Almonds by Antoine Wilson, cover design by Olga Grlic.
Two Poorly Soldered Wires by Lionel Shriver, cover design by David Gee.
A Renegade Iceberg Finding Itself Alone by Matt Gallagher, cover design by Charles Brock.
Murmurs and Titters and Gasps by Judith Claire Mitchell, cover by Erin Fitzsimmons.
A Fresh Predawn Breeze by Chris Belden, cover by Kate Engbring.
Short Story Long by Margot Leitman, cover by James Iacobelli.
Something About Commedia by Paul Goldberg, cover by Alison Klapthor.
Clouds Gathered. Clouds Melted. by Adam Thirlwell, cover by Kerri Resnick.
The Art of Commerce explores literature & the market.
"That's fine! People like them!" featuring Christopher Bonanos, senior editor at New York magazine.
"And we oiled each other up and ran naked in the dust of Sparta" featuring Richard Nash, entrepreneur, publisher & digital visionary.
"Melting genre" featuring Neil Baptista, CEO and Founder of Riffle.
"Oh, I should definitely explain why I don't care about this question" featuring Nick Montfort, associate professor of digital media at MIT.
"Help me my vagueness is showing" featuring Liam Sarsfield, founder of Literistic.
"There's a dark side to their flavor of innovation" featuring Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.
"Every book gets a fair shot" featuring Kevin Nguyen, Editorial Director of Oyster.
"Here lies a Man who wrote the Truth" featuring Dana Schwartz, aka @GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA.
"Snake oil" featuring Kovid Goyal, creator of calibre.
"They could have put a blank white cover with her name and title and it would sell well" featuring Sarah Weinman, News Editor at Publishers Marketplace.
"I happen to like both art and teeth" featuring cartoonist Grant Snider.
"The ghost of joy and possibility drifting casually through the night" featuring Adrian Todd Zuniga, the creator and host of Literary Death Match.
"A conundrum for all" featuring David Wilk, publisher and Booktrix founder.
*Deep breath* featuring Rachel Edidin, writer, editor, consultant and @WorstMuse.
"Serendipity" featuring Jane Friedman, speaker, professor, consultant, writer, editor, publisher and more.
"It's a business now" featuring Simon Vance, audiobook narrator.
"Writing isn't in trouble; reading is in trouble" featuring Bethanne Patrick, writer, blogger, critic and more.
"Virality & gender" featuring Michele Filgate, essayist, critic and writer.
"Harry Potter and the Dreaded Op Ed" featuring Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post.
The 3% featuring Chad Post, publisher at Open Letter Books.
"You don't need to be literate to dance (and thank god for that)" featuring Ken Baumann, publisher at Sator Press.
Brick and Mortar, Part I: Book Zoo in Oakland, California featuring Erik Lyngen.
Brick and Mortar, Part II: The Book House in St. Louis, Missouri featuring Michelle Barron.
Brick and Mortar, Part III: Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita, Kansas featuring Sarah Bagby.
Brick and Mortar, Part IV: Issues in Oakland, California featuring Joe Colley.
Brick and Mortar, Part V: The Morris Book Shop in Lexington, Kentucky featuring Wyn Morris.
Brick and Mortar, Part VI: BooksOrBooks in Las Vegas, Nevada featuring Kim Henry.
"I wouldn't want to reassure my past self. 'Keep panicking'." featuring Mallory Ortberg of The Toast.
Brick and Mortar, Part VII: Phinney Books in Seattle, Washington featuring Tom Nissley.
"Whose canon is it anyway?" featuringPeter Gadol.
Brick and Mortar, Part VIII: Third Place Books in Seattle, Washington featuring Robert Sindelar.
"I fell into something of a persona and that was a mistake." featuring Edward Champion.
Brick and Mortar, Part IX: Montana Valley Book Store in Alberton, Montana featuring Keren Wales.
"Find a 'more literary iguana'" featuring Allison Saltzman.
"I don't make a distinction between 'commercial' and 'self' publishing" featuring Joel Friedlander.
"I drink 25 cups of coffee a day" featuring Rolli.
"I should send Jazz Boy to my mom to see what she thinks" featuring Blythe Roberson.
"In the end we are still just hanging out with our friends in a bar and listening to dope writing" featuring Katie Rainey.
"I had to reach deeper into myself, and engage with the world on a deeper level" featuring Mensah Demary.
"Teach a man to blog, he'll eat for a lifetime, or something" featuring Rachel Fershleiser.
"People see what they want to see. Or what they had hoped for." featuring Lauren Cerand.
"How to survive online without losing your soul" featuring Bobby Baird.
JD vs. MFA, featuring an anonymous friend.
"Living in this world is okay as long as I can still hear the song" featuring Jonathan Russell Clark.
"How much more can you love something than by putting it into words" featuring Molly Rose Quinn.
"They become more of a person, more of a presence" featuring Jaime Green.
"Flawed female characters who are allowed to have feelings" featuring Amanda Nelson.
"In the Norman Mailer Stabs His Wife kind of way, in the big dicks swinging around kind of way" featuring Jessa Crispin.
"Word play, innovative syntax, good acoustics, and a poetic sensibility" featuring Penina Roth.
"'Universality' is, of course, a loaded term" featuring Wayne Miller.
"If you truly LOVE a book, you figure out how to do it" featuring Megan Lynch.
"I was young and full of a billion ideas but had no clue how to execute them" featuring Jason DIamond.
"When the mental breakdown is real, you can't sell a personal essay about it" featuring Sarah Nicole Prickett.
"Stories that leave you somehow both expanded as a human being and a little wrecked" featuring Jenna Johnson.
"There are very few zero-sum spaces in book publishing" featuring Jynne Martin.
"The frog is the thing" featuring Anna Heyward.
"It's somehow an elitist problem to worry about the death of magazines" featuring Gemma Sieff.
"I am afraid my writing arm is going to be sucked into the publishing machine, and be pulverized by it, or just yanked off by it, and I'm going to bleed out right here before I make another book" featuring Merritt Tierce.
"Those reviews read to me more about the reviewer than the book" featuring Louisa Ermelino.
"But we aren't film and we have a different road to travel" featuring Lisa Lucas.
"Embrace the lost day for what it is" featuring Durga Chew-Bose.
"Murder is bad; adults are generally more qualified for jobs than babies" featuring Joanna Rothkopf.
Pixelated is the digital, double-blind, lit-inclined conversation series.
"The garish and the beautiful" featuring Sarah Gerard and Merritt Tierce
"Pink jellyfish/blue cube: the demands of our given genders turned into objects" featuring Catherine Lacey and Will Chancellor
"Your confidence is a wonderland" featuring Nellie Hermann and Courtney Maum
"Bigger fish to fry" featuring Dolan Morgan and Colin Winnette
Fans from afar featuring Chelsea Hodson and Kate Zambreno
"Snorted coffee through nose" featuring Meghan Daum and Emily Gould
"One of the most erotic sports personalities of the last decade" featuring John Dermot Woods and Mike Meginnis
"The furst one sucked so bad I've destroyed all copies" featuring Edan Lepucki and Andy Weir
"What a feminist mouthful" featuring Megan Mayhew Bergman and Wendy C. Ortiz
"Phantasmagoric sentences and scenes" featuring Laura van den Berg and Karen Olsson
"It's thrilling to meet another insurrectionist" featuring Robert Repino and Quintan Ana Wikswo
"God bless the kind understanding ones" featuring Lily King and Monica Byrne
"We'll always have Toronto" / The bingo cuss word featuring Scott McClanahan and Catie Disabato
Doubling Back featuring David Burr Gerrard and Laird Hunt
"Duly muffled, we forge ahead" featuring Christopher Bollen and Jack Livings
"Likability is expected of women, fiction and real-life" featuring Julia Fierro and Zoe Pilger
"Right...Ahem", "Ahem", "Ahem" featuring Marian Palaia and Sara Novic.
"Hunky statues and hunks of cheese" featuring Angela Flournoy and James Sie.
"Don't do the whole pretend-the-audience-is-naked business. Scary business." featuring Dasha Kelly and Sonya Vatomsky.
"i spent all these years thinking i was a fraud for thinking i might one day be a writer." featuring Julie Buntin and Lynn Steger Strong.
"A misunderstanding of what books can do" featuring Molly Antopol and Sophie McManus.
"Upmarket shops at Zara and Whole Foods" featuring Melissa DeCarlo and Emily Schultz.
"The world just needed to be turned inside out for us to feel it is real" featuring Rosa Lane and Nina Lindsay.
"One of those moments when I got the poem to say what I wanted it to, but it was also a devastating realization" featuring Erin Rodoni and Gillian Wegener
Writers on Mental Health is a window into real experience.
Andy Weir on anxiety.
Monica Byrne on depression.
Dan Shewan on anxiety and depression.
Wendy C. Ortiz on therapy from both sides of the couch.
Victoria Hetherington on anxiety and panic.
Dustin Illingworth on depression, anxiety and the loss of his partner.
Esme Wang on schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, Cotard's delusion & Capgras delusion.
Samantha Stiers on bipolar disorder and lithium.
Sonya Vatomsky on anti-depressants.
Kimberly Kim on bipolar disorder.
Matthew Newton on OCD, anxiety and depression.
Grace Montgomery on anxiety, and the treatment of mental illness in our education system.
Aaron Thier on his struggle with alcohol, an epiphany (or lack thereof), and more.