episode 16: Joshua Mohr: badass in a Subaru

Joshua Mohr has published five novels and a memoir since 2009. That’s a pretty rapid clip, especially since only one — his memoir Sirens, about the deep lure of self-destruction, getting clean, and relapsing — was written under the urgency of impending death (he didn’t die). We had a great conversation about punk songs as the template for writing scenes, connecting with memoir readers on a whole different level from novel readers, and lots more. Josh is a great talker, smart and funny and compassionate. Give him a listen. And then go read his books!

Books we mentioned

Sirens – Joshua Mohr
Cruddy – Lynda Barry
Some Things That Meant the World to Me – Joshua Mohr
All This Life – Joshua Mohr
Fight Song – Joshua Mohr
Damascus – Joshua Mohr
Termite Parade – Joshua Mohr
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
The Adderall Diaries – Stephen Elliott
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter
Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Black Wave – Michelle Tea
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
One Way Down (Or Another) – Calder G. Lorenz
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
The Stand – Stephen King
The One-Eyed Man – Ron Currie Jr.
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut


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