So Many Damn Books

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

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

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Books
Arts
Society & Culture
1
190: GennaRose Nethercott (THISTLEFOOT) & Kelly...
65 min
2
189: Anthony Marra (MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS) ...
69 min
3
188: Tom Scharpling (IT NEVER ENDS, THE BEST SH...
76 min
4
187: Summer Ramble 2022
32 min
5
186: Angela Ledgerwood (LIT UP) & Richard Flana...
50 min
6
185: Mat Johnson (INVISIBLE THINGS) and Claire ...
81 min
7
184: Elaine Hsieh Chou (DISORIENTATION) and Mat...
59 min
8
183: Reader Feature (Part 2)
69 min
9
182: Reader Feature (Part 1)
45 min
10
181: Publishing Talk with Sarah
33 min
11
180: Sara Nović (TRUE BIZ) and Asali Solomon's ...
42 min
12
179: Sasha Fletcher (BE HERE TO LOVE ME AT THE ...
62 min
13
178: Sequoia Nagamatsu (HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE D...
65 min
14
177: Dana Stevens (CAMERA MAN: Buster Keaton, t...
70 min
15
176: Sara Gran (THE BOOK OF THE MOST PRECIOUS S...
57 min
16
175: Winter Ramble 2021
61 min
17
174: Eugene Lim (SEARCH HISTORY) & César Aira's...
68 min
18
173: Uli Beutter Cohen (BETWEEN THE LINES: STOR...
60 min
19
172: Gus Moreno (THIS THING BETWEEN US) & Clive...
63 min
20
171: Autumn Ramble 2021
43 min
21
170: Ruth Ozeki (THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS...
68 min
22
169: Alexandra Kleeman (SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE...
56 min
23
168: Reading Snapshot, Moving Edition
42 min
24
167: McSweeney's Issue 64: The Audio Issue
50 min
25
166: Mona Awad (ALL'S WELL) & Sara Gran's COME ...
58 min
26
165: Meredith Westgate (THE SHIMMERING STATE) &...
56 min
27
164: Laura Blackett & Eve Gleichman (THE VERY N...
69 min
28
163: Rosecrans Baldwin (EVERYTHING NOW: LESSONS...
65 min
29
162: Backlist: Patricia Highsmith (THE RIPLEY N...
55 min
30
161: Loan Le (A PHO LOVE STORY) & John Searles'...
56 min
31
160: A.E. Osworth (WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT...
60 min
32
159: K.M. Szpara (FIRST, BECOME ASHES) & Michae...
68 min
33
158: Reading Snapshot, March 2021
20 min
34
157: The Morning News' 2021 Tournament of Books...
33 min
35
156: Reading Snapshot, February 2021
32 min
36
155: Jenny Offill (WEATHER) & Jean Rhys' WIDE S...
62 min
37
154: Mateo Askaripour (BLACK BUCK) & Sam Greenl...
75 min
38
153: George Saunders (A SWIM IN A POND IN THE R...
66 min
39
152: Top 9**‡ of 2020
32 min
40
Minisode: Opening Presents and The Week Between
29 min
41
Minisode: Stocking Stuffers from the Public Domain
25 min
42
151: Emily Temple (THE LIGHTNESS) & Kōbō Abe's ...
64 min
43
150: Book Recommendation Extravaganza
88 min
44
149: Short Stories with Lena Valencia (One Story)
64 min
45
148: Backlist: Mark Z. Danielewski (HOUSE OF LE...
55 min
46
147: Rumaan Alam (LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND) & Lyn...
75 min
47
146: The Morning News' SUPER ROOSTER Predictions
48 min
48
145: Raven Leilani (LUSTER) & Danzy Senna's NEW...
58 min
49
144: Megha Majumdar (A BURNING) and Anjan Sunda...
47 min
50
143: Reading Snapshot Redux
40 min
51
142: Lindsay Ellis (AXIOM'S END) & Orson Scott ...
56 min
52
141: Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman (BIG FRIENDSHI...
57 min
53
140: Quan Barry (WE RIDE UPON STICKS) & Kei Mil...
57 min
54
139: Hilary Leichter (TEMPORARY) & Sabrina Orah...
53 min
55
138: Backlist: Ali Smith ("The Accidental")
40 min
56
137: Back in the Saddle or, Reading Snapshot
41 min
57
136: St. Jordi Day (with guest co-host, Dani)
34 min
58
135: Tales from the Public Domain
15 min
59
134: Tournament of Books 2020 Wrap-Up: Zoom Aft...
56 min
60
133: Jenny Offill's WEATHER (with guest co-host...
30 min
61
132: Jordan Kisner (THIN PLACES) & Louise Fitzh...
70 min
62
131: Tournament of Books 2020 Primer
32 min
63
130: Emily Nemens (THE CACTUS LEAGUE) & Anelise...
54 min
64
129: Adaptations (CATS, LITTLE WOMEN, and DICKI...
32 min
65
128: Top 8* of 2019
31 min
66
127: So Many Damn Christmases (The SMDB Holiday...
33 min
67
126: Kate Racculia (TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHO...
51 min
68
125: Helen Phillips (THE NEED) & Samanta Schweb...
53 min
69
124: Reading Snapshot
32 min
70
123: Jami Attenberg (ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS) &...
54 min
71
122: Lisa Brennan-Jobs (SMALL FRY) & Marilynne ...
54 min
72
121: Courtney Maum (COSTALEGRE) & Aaron Schulma...
60 min
73
120: Back to School
30 min
74
119: Benjamin Dreyer (DREYER'S ENGLISH) & Shirl...
58 min
75
118: Mira Jacob (GOOD TALK) & Toni Morrison's SULA
57 min
76
117: Backlist: Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove")
43 min
77
116: #OneBookNY (Patti Smith's JUST KIDS) & Top...
34 min
78
115: Mona Awad (BUNNY) & Rebecca Godfrey's THE ...
41 min
79
114: Seth (CLYDE FANS) & Virginia Woolf's TO TH...
59 min
80
113: Erin Somers (STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST) & Dor...
44 min
81
112: Myla Goldberg (FEAST YOUR EYES) & Jesse Ba...
50 min
82
111: Lauren Wilkinson (AMERICAN SPY) & Nella La...
53 min
83
110: Leanne Shapton (GUESTBOOK: GHOST STORIES) ...
57 min
84
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #4
16 min
85
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #3
9 min
86
109: Halle Butler (THE NEW ME) & Samuel Beckett...
49 min
87
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #2
14 min
88
The 2019 Tournament of Books -- Minisode #1
11 min
89
108: Unreliable Narrators
29 min
90
107: Charlie Jane Anders (THE CITY IN THE MIDDL...
53 min
91
106: Karen Thompson Walker (THE DREAMERS) & Kaz...
38 min
92
105: Top 6* of 2018
21 min
93
104: Happy Holidays, 2018 edition!
19 min
94
103: Jonathan Lethem (THE FERAL DETECTIVE) & Se...
56 min
95
102: Preti Taneja (WE THAT ARE YOUNG) & Ahmed S...
45 min
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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