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Episode 79: Clean Your Room, Book My Band

Ed's wide awake for a change, and he and John discuss Spotify, why people don't say what they want, pop album nomenclature, popcorn preparation methods, and what trains should and shouldn't do in songs. Follow links to Matthew Wilder's webpage and interview with Dick Clark, the Chicago discography, the tontine, and coconut oil.

Episode 79: Clean Your Room, Book My Band


Episode 78: I Miss You Thinking Fondly of Me

John and his friend Skoog 2.0 enjoy a rambling conversation about the dreams of editors, passive-aggressive greeting cards, leftovers, cornbread with buttermilk, herbal tea, and knife lore. Follow links to the Doves Type, Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint tea, Bar Keepers Friend, the Skoog, the Sleeping Tapes, Lou Beach, Everyday Carry, the Northwoods Indian River Jack, and the 2015 Chewbacchus parade.

Episode 78: I Miss You Thinking Fondly of Me


Episode 77: Butter Is Too 'Picy

Ed is back from Minnesota and is looking for information about the conclusion of the Super Bowl. John is trying to start a commonplace book and has solved the problem of work meetings. They discuss highly organized murder, Rachel Cusk, midwestern cuisine, quoting writers in conversation, and free ebooks. Follow links to Mickey's Diner, Midwest Menus Dot Com, Abbott Awaits, Outline, the execution at Mankato, the genocide beer tray, Gulliver's Travels, gamesmanship, and John's decontextualized meeting notes.

Episode 77: Butter Is Too 'Picy


Episode 76: Dr. Pepper's Less Credentialed Cousin

Ed starts out quietly, but gets gradually louder, in this episode featuring stolen cars, novel revisions, cafe con leche, bowling alley food items versus bowling alley snacks, the four points of view in fiction, and possible locations for the Okey-Panky AWP meetup. Follow links to Lynnwood Bowl and Skate, San Fernando Roasted Chicken, Cafeteria La Mejor (again), The Diagram, Grumpy's, The Chatterbox, and Wide Awake Bakery.

Episode 76: Dr. Pepper's Less Credentialed Cousin


Episode 75: Thanks for Not Poisoning Me Outright

It's early for Ed, as usual, and that puts him at a disadvantage, like the giraffe that doesn't realize he's in a race with Carl Lewis. He and John talk about the death of a fine diner, talking with Martin Amis about Hitler, the blurring line between the real and the imagined, and people who think people are stealing their ideas. Follow links to Snydermind, Little Pete's, Ed's Instagram, and the Okey-Panky teaser post.

Episode 75: Thanks for Not Poisoning Me Outright


Episode 74: The Chilean Mine Disaster Diet

Here's a low-key holiday episode for ya. John forgot to buy his kids Christmas gifts and envies old men's hair; Ed got a migraine and resents Boston stealing Thin Lizzy's riffs. They talk about Christmas eats, chicken and waffles, the US postal service, and lying to Heidi. Follow links to Jess Stoner's "Blues on Wheels", "The Frog and Peach", fingertip ratchet, sticky date pudding, Cajun Foreplay spice rub, honey-glazed tarragon carrots, Bertha the tunnel-boring machine, Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak", and the cocktail called The Okey-Panky.

Episode 74: The Chilean Mine Disaster Diet


Episode 73: They Levitate While They Kick You

John has an awkward social situation he needs advice about. Ed's back from Port Townshend, where he taught poetry on a schooner. They discuss the satsuma, veterenarians, the shame of the big and tall store, pornographic video games, and the mechanic's moods. Follow links to Elisa Gabbert's top lit tweets of 2014, S.EXE, Sound Experience, Dixit, Gerald Stern's Stealing History, Judith Moffett, The Lincoln Street Diner, and The Hudson Point Cafe.

Episode 73: They Levitate While They Kick You


Episode 72: I'll Link to That

This week John is joined by LB alum Alice Bolin to discuss making your own pizza, the gender minefield of the restaurant party, adulterated beverages, romantic entaglements with other writers, getting paid, and the new online literary magazine John, Alice, Rhian, and Ed are starting. Follow links to the Fireball FAQ, The Counting Room, Alice's long reading, Okey-Panky, the No Comment! sweatshirt, Durga Polashi's Instagram, Fantagraphics's Nancy reissues, A Nest of Ninnies, Ashbery's "The Skaters" and Alice's essay on it.

Episode 72: I'll Link to That


Episode 71: Call Me Ishmael, Mind the Head, It's Hitler's

Ed and John have returned after long sojourns to discuss the dude on the airplane tail, pie, Seattle's great Danish bakery, hatchets too nice to use, Thanksgiving, lard, and the irresistibility of drunk poets. Follow links to the old Alaska Airlines logo, the new one, forum discussion of Chester Seevek, John's hotel pics, Kate's Whiskey Maple Pecan Pie recipe, Larsen's Bakery, Mike and Mike's Guitar Bar, Reuben Reuben, A Fine Madness, and poetry by Mark Nowak, Wong May, and Etel Adnan.

Episode 71: Call Me Ishmael, Mind the Head, It's Hitler's


Episode 70: Creative Tainting

John's about to head Ed-ward (Edwardward?) on his book tour, and Oscar's about to enjoy his first fully cognizant Halloween, on which he will watch his father eat candy. Ed and John talk about writing habits and whether John's peculiar manuscript is a book, and Ed tells the joke about the hog and reads a Galway Kinnell poem. Follow links to Chess King, John's tour schedule, Merritt Tierce's Love Me Back, Mike and Mike's Guitar Bar, and "Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock".

Episode 70: Creative Tainting