Eric talks to fiction writer and New Yorker contributor, George Saunders, about first getting published in the magazine, finding the right ending to "Sea Oak," the legacies of fiction editors at the NYer, his first big New York City literary party, teaching fiction writing, his friendship with David Foster Wallace, and so much more.
June 22, 2020 Issue-- MOMENT IN HISTORY! We discuss a beautiful cover by artist Kadir Nelson; a lyrical essay by poet Elizabeth Alexander; and reportage from MN by Luke Mogelson!
June 1, 2020 Issue! CONTRARIANISM! We discuss Ariel Levy on Lionel Shriver; Louis Menand on Gehrig & Ruth; and more!
Salinger in the Magazine: Episode 1
May 18, 2020 Episode-- CATCH & CONTROVERSY! We discuss the Ronan Farrow Times piece; Jia Tolentino on mutual aid; Alexandra Schwartz on Richard Nelson; Peter Schjeldahl on virtual MOMA & more!
May 11, 2020 Issue- GEEK LOVE! On the publication of a posthumous story from legend Katherine Dunn, Eric talks with her son. Plus we discuss David Quammen, Jill Lepore, Thomas Beller & more!
April 27 & May 4 episodes- OMNIBUS! We tackle two issues of the mag, including work by Rivka Galchen, Naomi Fry, Emily Nussbaum, Allan Gurganus & more!
April 20, 2020 Episode- HEROES & VILLAINS! We discuss Jane Mayer on Moscow Mitch; Michael Specter on Anthony Fauci; and more!
April 13, 2020 Episode-DISPATCHES! We discuss covid pieces by Karen Russell, Gary Shtyengart, Rick Moody, Edwidge Danticat & more!
April 6, 2020 Episode- THE GREAT HUNKER DOWN II! We discuss Elizabeth Kolbert on pandemic history; a new George Saunders story; Siddhartha Mukherjee on virology and more!
March 24 & 30 Issues- THE GREAT HUNKER DOWN! We're back. We discuss COVID-19 pieces by Adam Gopnik, Jill Lepore & Geoff Dyer, plus Jorie Graham, Dan Chiasson, David Remnick and more!
January 27 and February 3, 2020 episode! FICTIONS! We discuss a debut Mary South short story; critic Hilton Als on Toni Morrison; and a fun David Rabe story!
January 20, 2020 Episode-- ARBITERS OF DOOM! We discuss: David Rohde on Bill Barr; Louis Menand on the history of affirmative action; and more!
January 13, 2020 Episode-- BOTH SIDES NOW! We discuss John McPhee looking back from his 80's; Douglas Stuart debut fiction on growing up in Glasgow; and more!
January 6, 2020 Episode! MONEY AND GRIEF! We discuss a Sheelah Kolhatkar piece on wealth inequality; VS Naipaul on grief; and we revisit our discussion of Richard Brody
Guest Episode REDUX!: Emily Flake again. To accompany last week's Cartoons issue, prominently featuring cartoonist/essayist Emily Flake, we re-present Dan's interview w/ Emily Flake.
December 23, 2019 issue: PETE AND PETE! We discuss Richard Brody on Marriage Story; a beautiful Peter Schjeldahl essay on death; and Mayor Pete profiled!
December 16, 2019 issue– PROTESTS AND POETS! We discuss: writer Jiayang Fan on Hong Kong protests; what we read on our pod vacay; and Thomas Mallon on Lowell/Hardwick letters!
November 4, 2019- BETTER CALL ZEL! We discuss a v funny Bob Odenkirk Shouts; Joshua Yaffa on Zelensky; and Sam Knight on more Brexit!
October 28, 2019-IMPEACHMENT GETTING REAL! We discuss Jill Lepore on the history of impeachment; Luke Mogelson on Afghanistan; and a Michael Schulman profile of actor Adam Driver!
October 21, 2019--AMAZON SCHMAMAZON! We discuss Charles Duhigg's blockbuster on Amazon; a lovely new David Means short story; and an amazing web feature on Kerouac and Ginsberg!