A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer on how they tell stories
August 6, 2019 6:55 AM   Subscribe

The Longform Podcast is a refreshingly honest and direct look at the art, practice, and business of longform writing. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff, the podcast has featured Metafilter favourites including Jenny Odell on How to Do Nothing, Wesley Morris on pop culture, Tom Bissell on games writing, Elif Batuman on Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on The Making of Dylann Roof, Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Case for Reparations, and Susan Orlean from The New Yorker.
posted by adrianhon (7 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Longform's 2015 two part (part 1, part 2) interview with Rukmini Callimachi is excellent.

I like a lot of what they do at the Longform podcast, but I do have a few issues with some of their interviewees (which is only normal since they have been interviewing so many.)
posted by gen at 7:09 AM on August 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

I’ve had to reduce the number of podcasts I listen to due to changing my commute, but I loved this when I had more time.
posted by ellieBOA at 8:28 AM on August 6, 2019

I've had Jenny Odell's book sitting on my table for months now, but listening to her interview on Longform made me completely lose interest in opening it. Other writers interview brilliantly and then I just end up slogging through their work until I give up and head for land.

I sometimes feel like I might just be the only person in the world who would rather just read a writer's work than hear them go on and on and on and on about the practice of the work, but I wonder if there's some factor that comes from being someone who writes that just makes it all sound like shop talk and not the good kind.

posted by sonascope at 10:21 AM on August 6, 2019

Came in here to also recommend the Rukmini Callimachi interview. It is so good
posted by azarbayejani at 12:18 PM on August 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'll definitely check this out! Thanks so much!
posted by xammerboy at 8:01 PM on August 6, 2019

Thanks for this! I've been on the lookout for literary podcasts with a (more-or-less) serious bent.
posted by misterbee at 8:03 PM on August 6, 2019

Highly recommend the interview with Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot.
posted by book 'em dano at 8:12 PM on August 6, 2019 [2 favorites]

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