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Episode 54: Jenny Offill
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May 13, 2014 01:31 AM PDT
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The author of 'Dept of Speculation' likes gossip magazines, wonders why aliens like rutting and has made up everything she says about her new book on the spot. Also, she isn't on Twitter because she likes it too much.

This is my interview with Jenny Offill over Skype. We talk about rewriting, the change in the books landscape over the last ten years and how to pronounce her surname (I still get it wrong).

I talk about my favourite headlines, condemn tabloids and namedrop stories about Junot Diaz.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Skype
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)
Thanks to Sara D'Arcy from Granta

@nikeshshukla

'Dept of Speculation' (Granta) by Jenny Offill is out now.
'Meatspace' (The Friday Project) by Nikesh Shukla is out on 3rd July 2014.

Episode 53: Josh Idehen
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April 24, 2014 01:41 PM PDT
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Welcome POATS. Would you like a discussion that involves Nikesh crying, Josh talking us through how he found the sound, Nikesh name-dropping, Josh spouting bullsh*t theories about E.T. being part of the Star Wars universe? Well, you've come to the right place.

This week, I talk to Josh Idehen, nerd and poet and singer and musician and writer and brilliant brilliant man. He talks us through his career, first as a spoken word artist no one would give gigs to right through doing it himself to producing critically-acclaimed albums. Josh is an incredible force and a funny brilliant man. We even nerd out about comicbook films at the end.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Camden's craft coffee joints
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)
Thanks to white hot chocolates

@benincitizen
@nikeshshukla

Benin City's Fires In the Park is out now. Nikesh Shukla's Meatspace will be released in July 2014.

Episode 52: The Etherington Brothers, Gary Shteyngart
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April 14, 2014 11:41 PM PDT
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Season 4 of The Subaltern podcast starts on a nerdy high and hi and hello how are you? I chat to comic book creators, Robin and Lorenzo, who are The Etherington Brothers. We mostly chat movies - American Hustle, the Fast and Furious franchise, Gravity. We talk a little about comic books. I bluff my way through some video games chat. This is the closest you'll get to what it's like going to the pub with either of us. Because this could have been directed lifted from one of our Wednesday Cinema Club outings.

Then I talk to world-weary world traveller Gary Shteyngart. And what happens when you try to riff with a tired man who has answered every conceivable question about their own book is...this interview. We talk Ice Cube, failure and blurbing.

I edited both of these podcasts for content because they were recorded so damn long ago. Look, I'm sorry. I have a book, a short film, a theatre production and judging a short story prize to deal with. OK?

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Skype
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

Thanks to Jenny Fry for the Shteyngart hookup and to the Etherington Brothers for making time out of a freelancers' workday. (which is everyday)

@etheringtonbros
@shteyngart

Episode 51: Hari Kunzru
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January 26, 2014 06:03 AM PST
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This is my most topical episode yet. If I had uploaded it about three months ago. Sorry Hari. I know this is old now but there's some interesting discussion. We open with talk of Morrissey's autobiography and of Noel Gallagher's opinions on fiction, if that gives you an idea of when this was recorde. Also, there are building works in the apartment next to Hari. All makes for some dodgy sound. BUT never you fear because the content is so good it'll push you right on through to the other side. Hari Kunzu is a brilliant author and a lovely man, author of Transmission, Gods Without Men, The Impressionist and My Revolutions. He's a writer of scripts. He's a creator of installations at the V&A. And he's a Cure fan.

All gets an airing in this Skype-recorded episode, where we talk about the incident at Jaipur, 'frangipani' literature, graphic novelists and how to write a script like an author.

Listen.

There is talk of Daljit's new book, a longform reinterpretation of The Ramayana, authors like Sathnam Sanghera, rappers like Heems and where poetry is as an artform. Daljit is a charming guest and I love him all the more, even if I felt like I might disappoint him.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Skype
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

'Gods without Men' by Hari Kunzru is out now.

@harikunzru
@nikeshshukla

Episode 50: Daljit Nagra
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January 08, 2014 01:30 PM PST
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Don't interview your heroes. Two things will happen:

1) They'll be so disarmingly nice that you'll fawn and get flustered when they take an interest in you and ask you questions back.

2) You'll show off.

Those provisos aside, this is a great chat with Daljit Nagra, a poet, a novelist and bloody nice guy. While his family eats dinner around him, we chat about writing longform poetry, my plans to break out of the 'British Asian' mould, cultural relevance and the chanting of benevolent religious men.

There is talk of Daljit's new book, a longform reinterpretation of The Ramayana, authors like Sathnam Sanghera, rappers like Heems and where poetry is as an artform. Daljit is a charming guest and I love him all the more, even if I felt like I might disappoint him.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Skype
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

'The Ramayana' by Daljit Nagra is out on Faber Books now.

@faberbooks
@nikeshshukla

Episode 49: Nikita Lalwani
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December 18, 2013 11:38 PM PST
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This week, I talk to hero and friend, the author and activist Nikita Lalwani and what a joy it is. Firstly, it's a joy being in the same room as a person. It's my first in-person interview in ages and I'm suitably awkward. Nikita talks about the beginnings of novels, being an activist, the nature of story-construction and literary nostalgia.

We both mourn the loss of time, the death of the novel, the way our voices don't stay static and the big idea.

Nikita is the author of the book 'Gifted' and the book 'The Village'. She was Booker-longlisted in 2008 and is a bloody good person.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Penguin
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

'Gifted' and 'The Village' are both out now as Penguin paperbacks.

'Meatspace' by me will be out in July 2014 on The Friday Project.

Episode 47: Fatima Bhutto
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December 01, 2013 11:41 AM PST
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A short and sweet episode this week as I chat to Fatima Bhutto, author of the new novel 'The Shadow of the Crescent Moon' as well as a memoir about her family and a book of poetry. We didn't really get into it because, well, the BBC were calling, but there's interesting chat on why Karachi's a great city, why more people don't write in Urdu and the difference between writing memoir and writing fiction.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Penguin
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

'The Shadow of the Crescent Moon' by Fatima Bhutto is out now on Penguin Viking.

'Meatspace' by me will be out in July 2014 on The Friday Project.

@nikeshshukla
@fbhutto

Episode 46: Benjamin Myers
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November 21, 2013 01:29 PM PST
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Sorry. I've been away, writing. I'm back now. We have a strong line-up of authors for you in the next three months.

First, it's Benjamin Myers, a gentleman and a warm, generous writer and soul. We talk about music journalism, JD Salinger's lost works, meeting your heroes and living in squats. He tells me about zines, his wooden box of work and living in the countryside.

He's a lovely man and a great writer.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by the telephone
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)

'Pig Iron' by Benjamin Myers is out now on Blue Moose Books.

'Meatspace' by me will be out in July 2014 on The Friday Project.

Episode 45: Ben Fountain
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October 21, 2013 01:33 PM PDT
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Ben Fountain, author of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk', comes on the podcast and deals with my untimely postman by singing for you, while I collect a package from the front door. It's beautiful.

We talk about his writing, being a lawyer, being a writer later on in life, being political, being timely, Destiny's Child's best work and failing at writing. Ben talks about the times he has been told to stick novels in drawers and bide his time, he talks about universal praise and how to keep your head. His slow Texan drawl is quite zen, man. He's a good guy to listen to.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by Skype/Canongate HQ
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)
Thanks to Anna Frame for being the muse for Ben's singing.

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' by Ben Fountain is out now.
Hey! I wrote a book too. It's called 'Coconut Unlimited'. Treat yourself.

Episode 44: Kerry Hudson
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October 07, 2013 01:43 PM PDT
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Kerry Hudson has one of the best laughs in literature. It's warm, generous and big. She's awesome. I could fill these notes with nice things about what a genuine, warm-spirited, gorgeous human of a being she is, and when she swears, shit gets real.

The podcast suffered a bunch of technical difficulties, not least Skype, late nights and phone interference and we were on the phone for an hour before we got to record, SO this is a great conversation. We talk debuts, performing live, real people, swearing, writing, running and my bad t-shirts.

Kerry has advice for people who are just starting out. I have advice for Kerry on putting together her one-person show. We stay gender non-specific. There's even a weird echo.

She's awesome. Her book is called 'Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma' and she is called Kerry Hudson.

This is The Subaltern podcast.

The Subaltern Podcast - Author Nikesh Shukla talks to other writers and authors and novelists about writing, about their interests. It's the anti-panel discussion. It's a conversation. With writers. About writing. Add us on iTunes, on Stitcher, on Podomatic. Download, comment, like, tweet, tell your friends, forward to a friend, subscribe. We've got thirty more episodes for you this year.

Credits:

Logo designed by Sanjai Dave
Location provided by late nights in my basement.
Music provided by Vee Kay (Three Kings High)
Thanks to James Smythe for dubbing us three the Milk, Egg and Pudding crew.

@kerryswindow
@nikeshshukla

'Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma' (Vintage) is out now.
'The Time Machine' by Nikesh Shukla (Galley Beggar Press) is out now.

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