episode 4: Rachel Yoder and our feelings (kind of)

In this episode we welcome Rachel Yoder to talk about books that make us laugh, cry, sweat, squirm, and drink.

Rachel is a co-editor of Draft: The Journal of Process and the host of the Fail Safe Podcast (where she talks to writers about her obsession with failure). She’s also written a great number of stories and essays. Please follow her. She’s a great talent.

Books we reference, or sort of reference

  • Blood Meridian* – Cormac McCarthy
  • Gold Fame Citrus – Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Arcadia – Lauren Groff
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  • The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt
  • Big Kids – Micheal DeForge
  • Safari Honeymoon – Jesse Jacobs
  • The Invisibles – Grant Morrison
  • Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
  • Black Hole – Charles Burns
  • X’ed Out – Charles Burns
  • The Dark Tower** – Stephen King
  • Democracy – Joan Didion
  • Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
  • The Garden of Eden – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • A Little Life*** – Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson
  • The Small Backs of Children – Lidia Yuknavitch
  • For the Time Being – Annie Dillard
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Eleven Hours – Pamela Erens
  • A Collapse of Horses – Brian Evenson
  • Imagine Wanting Only This – Kristen Radtke
  • Black Wave – Michelle Tea
  • My Struggle – Karl Ove KnausgÃ¥rd
  • Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

*Isaac is sorry he brought this up, as if there weren’t dozens and dozens of other books to better prove his point.

**Isaac has got to stop implying he doesn’t 100% enjoy Stephen King. Repeatedly, this is his one regret about every episode.

***This is the last time Isaac will ever complain about this book on this podcast.

Writers we discuss without mentioning their books

  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Andre Dubus
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Joy Williams


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