The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast

Episode 47: Sarah Frier

Bloomberg reporter Sarah Frier stopped by the Jam to discuss her book, No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. But, we also got into her illustrious college journalism career, and the work it takes to cover technology these days.

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Episode 46: Mindy Mejia

Crime novelist Mindy Mejia stopped by the Jam to talk about her fourth novel, Strike Me Down. Along the way we talked about growing up around science and engineers, life in Minnesota, her two bachelor's degrees (including her C.P.A. certification!), and how she's built her own cottage industry and fan base.

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Episode 45: Hayley Doyle

Hayley Doyle is an actress, singer, teacher, and writer with a fully-developed sense of adventure. She stopped by the Jam to talk about her debut novel Never Saw You Coming and the long, creative journey that took her from Liverpool to Dubai and then to London.

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Episode 44: Elisa Batista

My old Wired.com colleague stopped by the Jam to talk about her mom blog, her life as a political activist with MomsRising, and her new book, ¡Presente! Latinx Power Remaking U.S. Democracy. Oh, and we spent a good deal of time talking about hillbillies and neighborhoods, both Appalachian and Cuban!

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Episode 43: Jen Sullivan Brych

Jen Sullivan Brych visited the Jam to talk about the dotcom era, her winding road to a writing career, and her first novel, which she's currently shopping. Definitely the best, nerdiest deep dive into the world of writing yet!

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Episode 42: Kristen Philipkoski

My old Wired.com colleague Kristen "KP" Philipkoski dropped by The Downtown Writers Jam to talk about her new venture, Mean Magazine, a feminist magazine for GenX women.

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Episode 41: Erik Deckers

Writer and author Erik Deckers stops by the Jam to talk about humor writing, his first novel, the grind, and his writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House.

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Review: Elizabeth Wurtzel, Our #GenX Writer

Elizabeth Wurtzel's books helped explain and then define—as much as anyone could—who GenX was in the nineties.

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Episode 40: Lauren Gaskill

One of the most ambitious, faith-driven writers I've met, my former student Lauren Gaskill stops by talk about her book, her life, and the national organization she's building.

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Review: Old Man's War (The Series)

John Scalzi's OLD MAN'S WAR series takes you into a world where humans are competing with aliens to colonize our galaxy.

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A SXSW Guide to Surviving the Nerdpocalypse

A compendium of what I've learned in my twenty-five years navigating SXSW Interactive, the greatest show on earth.

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Review: A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman's book begins with the grumpy old man trope. But, if you hang around past the first few chapters, you'll find a story about community, history, and kindness.

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Review: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

As a long-time fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, I was long overdue to learn about his life through different eyes. Therese Anne Fowler's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald was a heartbreaking tale that traced the Fitzgerald's slow decent into misery as F. Scott chased his white whale: literary fame and respect.

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Review: Janelle Brown's Fiction (Three Books + Counting)

My old friend Janelle Brown left journalism (we worked in San Francisco during the Dotcom Boom + Bust) and took up writing books about our generation in a post GenX world.

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Elizabeth Wurtzel: She Was Our Rock God Writer

Elizabeth Wurtzel was—and forever will be—our GenX Rock God Writer.

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Episode 39: Remembering Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel passed away on January 7, 2020. She was one of the voices of GenerationX, a proud feminist, and a god damned force of nature. She was also the first author I met. She was—and will always be—our "rock god!"

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Episode 38: Julia Scheeres

My friend and former Wired.com colleague Julia Scheeres has written two best sellers. But her story will blow you away. It’s the story of bravery and perseverance.

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GenX, That Damned Newsweek Editorial, George Michael, and the Twitter Hellscape

GenX, That Damned Newsweek Editorial, George Michael, and the Twitter Hellscape

In 1993, Newsweek labeled GenX as the "The Whiny Generation." We've been not giving a shit about that since. Also—George Michael is pretty great.

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Episode 37: Woody Lewis

My friend for nearly twenty years, author Woody Lewis and I sat down for the first time to talk about his book, his membership in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), meeting and playing drums with Jimi Hendrix, his family’s relationship to Sally Hemings, and the struggle with writing about being black in America.

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Review: The Last Days of August (Audible Original)

Jon Ronson came to the story thinking it was about one thing (cyberbullying), but quickly found the threads took him elsewhere (mental health in the porn industry).⁣

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Episode 36: Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, the co-founder of the Atavist publishing platform, the editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine, and the author of The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal.

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Review: Christmas Eve, 1914 (Audible Original)

The audio play is short, just seventy-three minutes, but that’s more than enough time to take you on a melancholy trip through the hours leading up to the impromptu Christmas Eve truce in World War I. ⁣

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Review: The Man on the Mountaintop (An Audible Original Drama)

The play is a series of parables told through the stories of people who are waiting in a long line to meet with Joe, the Holy Man, who lives in a hermitage at the top of a mountain.⁣

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GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off

GenXers grew up breaking bones, having accidents, and dealing with mayhem—and many times going to the doctor was the LAST thing we did. So—share your story of GenX Catastrophes!

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