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Three Percent #177: Eight Books

After a bit of banter about how baseball front offices might be as bad at naming things as book people, and a plug for Paul Vidich’s The Coldest Warrior, Chad and Tom each draft four forthcoming books from a total of eight different presses that they’ve both agreed to read and discuss in future episodes. How could this possibly go wrong?

Also: On the next episode they’ll be discussing Matvei Yankelevich’s recent essay, “The New Normal: How We Gave Up the Small Press.” It’s a long piece that’s actually the third installment in a four-part series that he’s writing (part one, part two), but can be read on its own in advance of the next podcast. If you have any comments, observations, reflections, criticisms, questions, feel free to email threepercentpodcast@gmail.com or contact Chad or Tom directly.

The eight books discussed in this episode as part of this reading project are:

Waystations of the Deep Night by Marcel Brion, translated from the French by George MacLennan and Edward Gauvin (April)

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd (April)

Slum Virgin by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, translated from the Spanish by Frances Riddle (June)

An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky, translated from the German by Jackie Smith (June)

You Will Love What You Have Killed by Kevin Lambert, translated from the French by Donald Winkler (July)

The Law of Lines by Hye-young Pyun, translated from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell (May)

The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz, translated from the Spanish (?) by ???? (July)

The King of Warsaw by Szczepan Twardoch, translated from the Polish by Sean Gasper Bye (April)

This week’s music is “Sat By a Tree” by Dan Deacon off the brilliant Mystic Familiar. 

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