So Many Damn Books

A blessing, a curse, a podcast. est. 2014.

Christopher (@cdhermelin) invites folks to the Damn Library to talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through their never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in hand. Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY.

For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, visit somanydamnbooks.com

Books
Arts
Society & Culture
1
182: Reader Feature (Part 1)
45 min
2
181: Publishing Talk with Sarah
33 min
3
180: Sara Nović (TRUE BIZ) and Asali Solomon's ...
42 min
4
179: Sasha Fletcher (BE HERE TO LOVE ME AT THE ...
62 min
5
178: Sequoia Nagamatsu (HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE D...
65 min
6
177: Dana Stevens (CAMERA MAN: Buster Keaton, t...
70 min
7
176: Sara Gran (THE BOOK OF THE MOST PRECIOUS S...
57 min
8
175: Winter Ramble 2021
61 min
9
174: Eugene Lim (SEARCH HISTORY) & César Aira's...
68 min
10
173: Uli Beutter Cohen (BETWEEN THE LINES: STOR...
60 min
11
172: Gus Moreno (THIS THING BETWEEN US) & Clive...
63 min
12
171: Autumn Ramble 2021
43 min
13
170: Ruth Ozeki (THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS...
68 min
14
169: Alexandra Kleeman (SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE...
56 min
15
168: Reading Snapshot, Moving Edition
42 min
16
167: McSweeney's Issue 64: The Audio Issue
50 min
17
166: Mona Awad (ALL'S WELL) & Sara Gran's COME ...
58 min
18
165: Meredith Westgate (THE SHIMMERING STATE) &...
56 min
19
164: Laura Blackett & Eve Gleichman (THE VERY N...
69 min
20
163: Rosecrans Baldwin (EVERYTHING NOW: LESSONS...
65 min
21
162: Backlist: Patricia Highsmith (THE RIPLEY N...
55 min
22
161: Loan Le (A PHO LOVE STORY) & John Searles'...
56 min
23
160: A.E. Osworth (WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT...
60 min
24
159: K.M. Szpara (FIRST, BECOME ASHES) & Michae...
68 min
25
158: Reading Snapshot, March 2021
20 min
26
157: The Morning News' 2021 Tournament of Books...
33 min
27
156: Reading Snapshot, February 2021
32 min
28
155: Jenny Offill (WEATHER) & Jean Rhys' WIDE S...
62 min
29
154: Mateo Askaripour (BLACK BUCK) & Sam Greenl...
75 min
30
153: George Saunders (A SWIM IN A POND IN THE R...
66 min
31
152: Top 9**‡ of 2020
32 min
32
Minisode: Opening Presents and The Week Between
29 min
33
Minisode: Stocking Stuffers from the Public Domain
25 min
34
151: Emily Temple (THE LIGHTNESS) & Kōbō Abe's ...
64 min
35
150: Book Recommendation Extravaganza
88 min
36
149: Short Stories with Lena Valencia (One Story)
64 min
37
148: Backlist: Mark Z. Danielewski (HOUSE OF LE...
55 min
38
147: Rumaan Alam (LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND) & Lyn...
75 min
39
146: The Morning News' SUPER ROOSTER Predictions
48 min
40
145: Raven Leilani (LUSTER) & Danzy Senna's NEW...
58 min
41
144: Megha Majumdar (A BURNING) and Anjan Sunda...
47 min
42
143: Reading Snapshot Redux
40 min
43
142: Lindsay Ellis (AXIOM'S END) & Orson Scott ...
56 min
44
141: Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman (BIG FRIENDSHI...
57 min
45
140: Quan Barry (WE RIDE UPON STICKS) & Kei Mil...
57 min
46
139: Hilary Leichter (TEMPORARY) & Sabrina Orah...
53 min
47
138: Backlist: Ali Smith ("The Accidental")
40 min
48
137: Back in the Saddle or, Reading Snapshot
41 min
49
136: St. Jordi Day (with guest co-host, Dani)
34 min
50
135: Tales from the Public Domain
15 min
51
134: Tournament of Books 2020 Wrap-Up: Zoom Aft...
56 min
52
133: Jenny Offill's WEATHER (with guest co-host...
30 min
53
132: Jordan Kisner (THIN PLACES) & Louise Fitzh...
70 min
54
131: Tournament of Books 2020 Primer
32 min
55
130: Emily Nemens (THE CACTUS LEAGUE) & Anelise...
54 min
56
129: Adaptations (CATS, LITTLE WOMEN, and DICKI...
32 min
57
128: Top 8* of 2019
31 min
58
127: So Many Damn Christmases (The SMDB Holiday...
33 min
59
126: Kate Racculia (TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHO...
51 min
60
125: Helen Phillips (THE NEED) & Samanta Schweb...
53 min
61
124: Reading Snapshot
32 min
62
123: Jami Attenberg (ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS) &...
54 min
63
122: Lisa Brennan-Jobs (SMALL FRY) & Marilynne ...
54 min
64
121: Courtney Maum (COSTALEGRE) & Aaron Schulma...
60 min
65
120: Back to School
30 min
66
119: Benjamin Dreyer (DREYER'S ENGLISH) & Shirl...
58 min
67
118: Mira Jacob (GOOD TALK) & Toni Morrison's SULA
57 min
68
117: Backlist: Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove")
43 min
69
116: #OneBookNY (Patti Smith's JUST KIDS) & Top...
34 min
70
115: Mona Awad (BUNNY) & Rebecca Godfrey's THE ...
41 min
71
114: Seth (CLYDE FANS) & Virginia Woolf's TO TH...
59 min
72
113: Erin Somers (STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST) & Dor...
44 min
73
112: Myla Goldberg (FEAST YOUR EYES) & Jesse Ba...
50 min
74
111: Lauren Wilkinson (AMERICAN SPY) & Nella La...
53 min
75
110: Leanne Shapton (GUESTBOOK: GHOST STORIES) ...
57 min
76
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #4
16 min
77
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #3
9 min
78
109: Halle Butler (THE NEW ME) & Samuel Beckett...
49 min
79
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #2
14 min
80
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #1
11 min
81
108: Unreliable Narrators
29 min
82
107: Charlie Jane Anders (THE CITY IN THE MIDDL...
53 min
83
106: Karen Thompson Walker (THE DREAMERS) & Kaz...
38 min
84
105: Top 6* of 2018
21 min
85
104: Happy Holidays, 2018 edition!
19 min
86
103: Jonathan Lethem (THE FERAL DETECTIVE) & Se...
56 min
87
102: Preti Taneja (WE THAT ARE YOUNG) & Ahmed S...
45 min
88
101: Sjón (CODEX:1962) & Christian Kracht's THE...
All the way from Iceland, Sjón joins the guys in a Damn Library annex, aka the FSG offices. The conversation ranges from ghosts to unicorns, from golems to Frankensteins, from self-representation to translation, as they discuss the maximalist,...
53 min
89
100: One Hundred Beloved Books
For their 100th episode extravaganza, Drew and Christopher put together a list of their 100 most beloved/most meaningful/most important books, contributing 50 each. Listen as they go through (some of) them. They also try a couple new segment ideas!...
53 min
90
99: Milan Bozic (HarperCollins Senior Art Direc...
Drew and Christopher host HarperCollins' senior art director for a chat about book cover design, the hipness of text, trends in design, and more, plus how everyone has a Murakami phase, and some surprising things about the behind the scenes of book...
40 min
91
98: Reading Snapshot 2
Christopher and Drew hang out with a whiskey+tea cocktail and just give themselves over to the book chat. First: BUY YOURSELF A TOTE! The "My Other Car is a Book" tote is now available for your purchase. Then they get into vacation reading, never...
36 min
92
97: #OneBookNY (Jennifer Egan's MANHATTAN BEACH)
Christopher and Drew bring back the One Book, One New York episode for another go, this time reading the city's choice of Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach. They talk its pleasures, and diving costumes, and the possibilities of New York, as well as the...
36 min
93
96: R.O. Kwon (THE INCENDIARIES) & Rachel Khong...
R.O. Kwon buzzes in with her buzzy book, The Incendiaries, and the guys get to talk to her about stuff like campus novels, North Korea, how likely they would be to join a cult, and also Rachel Khong's Goodbye Vitamin, and how to write lightly about...
42 min
94
95: Megan Abbott (GIVE ME YOUR HAND) & Lisa Hal...
Megan Abbott returns to the Damn Library for her new book Give Me Your Hand, and Christopher cooks up a color changing cocktail to celebrate. The guys get into Megan's dual jobs as novelist and tv writer, her thriller philosophy, and how writing...
44 min
95
94: John Hodgman (VACATIONLAND)
John Hodgman joins the gentlemen in the Damn Library to talk about all sorts of things, from a Borges scholar posing for a picture to reading rehab after being a professional literary agent. A blueberry-based beverage is enjoyed. We talk his new...
62 min
96
93: Top 5 of 2018 (so far) + Summer Reading
Christopher and Drew hang in the Damn Library and talk about the books they've liked so far this year, the books they are going to read next, and some of the books they are excited about that are soon to be in the world. The book titles come fast and...
18 min
97
92: Hannah Pittard (VISIBLE EMPIRE) & Ralph Ell...
Hannah Pittard drops back into the Damn Library after writing and editing and publishing an entire new novel called Visible Empire! While drinking a cocktail featuring guava and egg white, she and the guys get way into 1962, how you need to make sure...
58 min
98
91: Stephanie Danler (SWEETBITTER on Starz) & L...
Stephanie Danler drops by the Damn Library for a second go around, this time to talk the Sweetbitter television adaptation she created, now on Starz. We discuss the Disneyland of production, why writers' rooms are great, and how she doesn't really...
53 min
99
90: Amy Kurzweil (FLYING COUCH) & Riad Sattouf'...
For the first time ever, a graphic memoirist stops by the Damn Library in the form of Amy Kurzweil, author of the graphic memoir Flying Couch! She also draws New Yorker cartoons! Listen as we chat about form and tone, board games and heartbreak, and...
57 min
100
89: Christopher + Drew (Just Interview Each Other)
Christopher and Drew hang out and explain themselves. They also talk their jobs, and formative reading experiences, and other subjects. music: Disaster Magic - Pier 6 (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) contribute! patreon.com/smdb for drink...
32 min