Three Percent Podcast http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent en-us Copyright 2011 njfurl@gmail.com Three Percent The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly(ish) conversation about new books, the publishing scene, international literature in translation, and many other random rants and raves. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions and Albertine Bookstore keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary and publishing worlds. Maybe. (Presented by Three Percent @ the University of Rochester.) The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly(ish) conversation about new books, the publishing scene, international literature in translation, and many other random rants and raves. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions and Albertine Bookstore keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary and publishing worlds. Maybe. (Presented by Three Percent @ the University of Rochester.) Nathan Furl njfurl@gmail.com Yes Three Percent #101: Awards for Authors versus Awards for Books http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/101_Three_Percent.mp3 This week Tom and Chad discuss the merging of the Man Booker International Prize with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the waning interest in Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Book Club, and the Women’s World Cup of Literature. There are also rants about “Sevenevens,” praise for the Minions movie, and more soccer talk, including the best video. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:07:20 GMT Three Percent #100: We Appreciate You http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/100_Three_Percent.mp3 So, we actually made it to our 100th episode! To celebrate, this week Tom and Chad took questions from all our listeners, leading to discussions about how many books we each read (and how many are in translation), what one thing all translators should know, how censorship plays into our publishing decision, and much more. Of course, it ends with raves and rants—including a rant about rants—and is filled with other interesting side tangents. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:06:47 GMT Three Percent #99: Endless Cycle of Misery http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/99_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is the latest in the ongoing Three Percent Book Club. Julia Berner-Tobin of Feminist Press joins Tom and Chad to talk about Virginie Despentes’s fantastic “Apocalypse Baby” (And to rant about Franzen, because, of course.) And a reminder: Don’t forget to send us your own questions, rants, and raves (about anything from the podcast to publishing to literature to translations to Tom to Chad to soccer to cocktails to etc.) for our big episode 100. Hit us up at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com. Fri, 22 May 2015 02:05:35 GMT Three Percent #98: The 2015 BTBA Finalists! http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/98_Three_Percent.mp3 For this week’s podcast, we invited Best Translated Book Award Fiction Chair Monica Carter on to talk about the finalists for this year’s awards. Monica graciously gave us some insight into the voting process, revealed which of the final ten was a “personal pick” of one of the judges, and managed to make us second guess who we thought would win the award. Additionally, we talked about the differences between the UK vs. U.S. book scenes, and had some rants, raves, and sports talk. Fri, 15 May 2015 01:05:30 GMT Three Percent #97: Rustling up New Books for the Peanut Gallery http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/97_Three_Percent.mp3 This week, Tom and Chad talk about some of the new translations that they’ve read (or are looking forward to reading) and are most excited about. Along the way are the expected digressions (including an explanation of how editing and rights work when a U.S. publisher and a U.K. publisher separately publish the same translation), and, of course, the episode wouldn’t be complete without their famous “Raves & Raves” segment (nope, not a typo. Everyone thought they were on rave duty this week, so it’s a double dose of happy!). Fri, 01 May 2015 04:05:22 GMT Three Percent #96: The 2015 BTBA Fiction Longlist http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/96_Three_Percent.mp3 On the heels of this week’s big announcement of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award fiction longlist and poetry longlist, Chad and Tom run through the books that made the cut and talk about their favorites, which books are on their reading lists, who they predict will make the shortlist next month, and try their darnedest to pronounce a lot of names. Then, they respond to some viewer mail about the effectiveness of ACRs for book bloggers before Tom rants about being the patsy of a fiendish shot-buying conspiracy and Chad rave’s about the Audubon Society’s fiendish take-down of Dark Lord Franzen. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:04:23 GMT Three Percent #95: Is Book Advertising a Waste of Money? http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/95_Three_Percent.mp3 Inspired by all the stupid Buick ads (and disturbing Volkswagon ones) playing throughout the NCAA Tournament, we decided to dedicate this week’s episode to talking about advertising for books: whether it’s worthwhile, how much it costs, why are book trailers a thing, who buys books because of ads on a subway, and if trailers/commercials for books are ever a good idea. As one part of Tom’s rave, we also talked a bit about our mutual friend Mark Binelli and his recent article for the “New York Times Magazine” on ADX, America’s Toughest Federal Prison. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:04:54 GMT Three Percent #94: The Mad and the Bad http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/94_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a special “book club” one in which Tom and Chad talk about Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Mad and the Bad,” a violent little book by the author of “Fatale.” They also talk about the Spanish branch of Penguin Random House cutting translator rates and an incredible old video. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:03:39 GMT Three Percent #93: Always a Work in Progress http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/93_Three_Percent.mp3 In this episode, Chad and Tom discuss the recent Festival Neue Literatur, a NYC-based festival promoting German-language literature, and spend a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of editing literature in translation. Additionally, they breakdown a Buzzfeed article about ebook data mining and what this means for the futures of publishing and reading. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:03:44 GMT Three Percent #92: Crying in the Sunshine http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/92_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast features a true roundtable discussion, with Tom and Chad being joined by Caroline Casey from Coffee House Press, Mark Haber and Jeremy Ellis from Brazos Bookstore, Stephen Sparks from Green Apple Books, and Danish author Naja Marie Aidt to discuss the American Booksellers Association “Winter Institute.” One of the funniest podcasts to date, they break down what Winter Institute is, why it’s so important for the future of bookselling, and what various publishers get out of attending. They also make fun of all the crappy crutch phrases you find in jacket copy. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:02:17 GMT Three Percent #91: Translators, Rates, Money, and Unions http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/91_Three_Percent.mp3 Today’s podcast is a special one, featuring PEN Translation Committee co-chair (and talented Czech translator) Alex Zucker to talk about what translators do and should get paid, and to break down where all the money goes in publishing a work of international literature. In comparison to some other Three Percent podcasts, this one is wall-to-wall information, and is sure to spark a number of debates, discussions, and reactions. Enjoy! Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:02:56 GMT Three Percent #90: That Song Should Be Named "Andre Reed Jersey" http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/90_Three_Percent.mp3 It’s time for our annual music podcast in which Chad, Nate, and Kaija all share songs from their favorite albums of 2014. Although we only talk about four songs each on this podcast, we put together a Spotify playlist featuring 86 songs and running almost six hours. Enjoy! Next week we’ll be back to normally scheduled book talk. Specifically, Chad and Tom will be talking with Alex Zucker about translator’s fees, forming a translators guild, and other financial aspects of publishing international literature. In the meantime, feel free to email us at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com with any questions or comments. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:01:47 GMT Three Percent #89: Don't Laugh So Loud http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/89_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is all about Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters,” which came out last year and is “a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game.” Writer, critic, and Johnson fan Patrick Smith joined us for this book club discussion, which goes off in a few different directions—how everyone’s untrustworthy and willing to sell each other out, how Johnson got all this detail about Africa, etc.—with the general consensus that this is a pretty great book and one that fans of Graham Greene and/or spy novels and/or well-crafted fiction in general would like. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:01:44 GMT Three Percent #88: A Shinier Version of Craigslist http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/88_Three_Percent.mp3 In this week’s episode, Chad and Tom discuss some of the books they read in 2014 and make specific “reading resolutions” for 2015. They also talk about Mark Zuckerberg’s book club and Tom’s alma mater playing for the National Championship. Next week, they’ll be discussing Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters,” so if you have any questions, suggestions, comments, opinions, rants or raves, email threepercentpodcast@gmail.com. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:01:53 GMT Three Percent #87: Where is Namsan Tower? http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/87_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, Chad and Tom dish about the idea of a Translators Union, Dalkey’s Korean literature series, and the Melville House edition of the “Torture Report,” as well as a mini-rant about the “Serial” podcast, and a mini-rave about a dear friend who’s passed. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:12:13 GMT Three Percent #86: Translators Aren't Dockworkers http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/86_Three_Percent.mp3 We’re back! And, actually, now that Tom has a more regular schedule at “Albertine”: we’re planning on recording a new episode every other week. More great book (and some sports) talk! This week’s episode centers around John O’Brien’s BookBrunch article, “Don’t Blame the Readers for Lack of Interest in Translations.” Fri, 05 Dec 2014 04:12:34 GMT Three Percent #85: Whatever http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/85_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast covers four major topics: Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, Michael Henry Heim and “The Man Between”—the new book about his life and work—the upcoming ALTA Conference, and Atavist Books. And we barely talk about sports at all! Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:11:10 GMT Three Percent #84: The Belated Bolaño Book Club Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/84_Three_Percent.mp3 So, in addition to talking Bolaño, we talked about Albertine, it’s upcoming festival, and other aspects of Tom’s new job. (Just a note of clarification—Tom is still working for New Directions as well.) Oh, and we also talk a bit about the Royals-A’s game that was going on while we were recording. And now I’m safe in saying that I’m really glad all the West Coast AL teams are out of the playoffs and am really looking forward to the ALCS with Baltimore and Kansas City. (We’re planning on having Mexican author Alvaro Enrique on the podcast very soon to talk about his work, about his wife Valerie Luiselli’s work, about Spanish-language literature in general, and about the Baltimore Orioles, his favorite team. Finally, we get a baseball episode!) Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:10:33 GMT Three Percent #83: "Johnny Appledrone" http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/83_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is mostly about a BBC article on “Hieroglyph,” a collaborative project between scientists and science-fiction writers that was inspired by the Neal Stephenson article “Innovation Starvation.” Basically, this is a call to create fewer dystopian novels, and more positive sci-fi ideas that can help inspire the scientists of tomorrow. More or less . . . We also read some fan letters (email us at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com), rave about “Utopia” and rant about film crews. Finally, just a reminder that we’ll be discussing Roberto Bolaño’s “A Little Lumpen Novelita” later this month, and we’d love to hear your thoughts about the book. Email us by September 24th with any questions, comments, thoughts, and we’ll incorporate them into our discussion. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:09:28 GMT Three Percent #82: Why We Need [SOLUTION TK] More Than Ever http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/82_Three_Percent.mp3 In this podcast, Chad and Tom discuss Tom’s recent article in “Publishing Perspectives” (which he wrote in response to Amazon’s infamous letter to readers, along with some thoughts on why we shop at bookstores, and Julian Gough’s Litcoin project. Also, as mentioned at the end of the podcast, Chad and Tom will be discussing Roberto Bolaño’s “A Little Lumpen Novelita” on an episode at the end of September. If you have any thoughts, questions, or opinions about the book, Bolaño, the translation, etc., please send them to threepercentpodcast@gmail.com. (You can also use that email to tell Chad and Tom that they suck, or to recommend other topics you’d like to hear on the show.) Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:56 GMT Three Percent #81: Duck and Cover http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/81_Three_Percent.mp3 With Tom on vacation, Chad recorded a special episode of the podcast with Heather Cleary and Jason Grunebaum, both of whom have a book on the National Translation Award longlist. They talk about Sergio Chejfec’s “The Dark,” Uday Prakash’s “The Girl with the Golden Parasol,” air shows, the future of the American Literary Translators Association, and other non-sports related topics. (Seriously, this is a sports-free podcast.) As an added bonus, there’s a short conversation Chad had with Uday Prakash about his collection “The Walls of Delhi.” Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:08:55 GMT Three Percent #80: My Struggle's DNA Is 92% Introspective http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/80_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast focuses on two main things: An article by Tim Parks in the New York Review of Books about the sales of Knausgaard’s books, and the sale of BookLamp to Apple for an obscene amount of money. Hm. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:08:30 GMT Three Percent #79: Barely Surpassing Lorem Ipsum http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/79_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, Chad and Tom preview the semifinals of the World Cup of Literature (both suspect Chile will meet the US in the Championship), and then discuss “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair” and this New Yorker piece about its limited U.S. success. Also, the Penguin Cup is stupid. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:07:00 GMT Three Percent #78: "I Believe in Guns and Weed" http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/78_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, Chad and Tom review the opening round of the World Cup of Literature and make some predictions, talk about the Amazon-Hachette kerfuffle, and discuss the awfulness of The American Outlaws and the awesomeness of a couple Wikipedia pages. (You have to listen to find out which ones.) Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:06:00 GMT Three Percent #77: Books to Read Between World Cup Matches [UPDATED] http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/77_Three_Percent.mp3 In this week’s podcast we talk about the forthcoming World Cup of Literature and about some of the summer books that we’re both looking forward to reading. Almost all are translations; a few are authors you may have already heard of (Knausgaard); and others will be new to a lot of listeners. In our “Rants and Raves” section, Chad raves about a poem (?!—seriously, but it’s a really depressing one), and Tom takes down a particular aspect of the Internet. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:06:23 GMT Three Percent #76: All about László http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/76_Three_Percent.mp3 This podcast is all about how New Directions came to publish László Krasznahorkai and how they stuck with him—a situation that resulted in back-to-back Best Translated Book Award victories . . . Also, we now have a email address for you to send all your complaints, corrections, and suggestions. Just write to us at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com. So, if you have any show suggestions, or just want to tell us how much we suck, email away . . . Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:06:06 GMT Three Percent #75: The Camel Jumping Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/75_Three_Percent.mp3 As a bonus for dedicated Three Percent listeners (both of you!), this podcast features the two Fulbright students studying in the translation program this past year: Ayoub Al-Ahmadi from Yemen and Jan Pytalski from Poland. We talk about their individual projects—both of which are likely to be published by Open Letter in the next few years—cultural differences, the classes they took with me (which were their favorite classes—and I didn’t even pay them to say that!), and camel jumping. Yes, camel jumping. Thu, 15 May 2014 03:05:37 GMT Three Percent #74: One Hundred Years of the NY Times Style Section http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/74_Three_Percent.mp3 OK, that’s a totally lame way to try and combine the two main topics of this week’s podcast: Gabriel García Marquez, and the awful amazingness of the NY Times Style section article on soccer’s popularity in creative circles. Our conversation ranges a bit to include other authors from “el Boom,” contemporary Spanish-language writers, and Beyond the Pampas, a GoodReads reading group focused on Latin American literature. (Currently members are reading Felisberto Hernández’s Piano Stories.) And we end with our new “Rants & Raves” segment, which allows Tom a good space to get things off his chest. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:04:48 GMT Three Percent #73: The David Peace Episode http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/73_Three_Percent.mp3 In this week’s podcast, Tom and Chad talk about the works of British writer David Peace. Peace was part of the 2003 version of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists” (along with Toby Litt, Nicola Baker, David Mitchell, Adam Thirlwell—really solid list), and is the author of nine novels, including the “Red Riding Quartet” (Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Seventy-Seven, Nineteen Eighty, Nineteen Eighty-Three), the first two volumes of the uncompleted “Tokyo Trilogy” (Tokyo Year Zero and The Occupied City), two books on famous soccer figures (The Damned Utd and Red or Dead), and GB84 about the UK miners’ strike. Since Peace’s books encompass the main interests of both Tom and Chad—soccer and crime!—they each read a few different Peace books to prep for this podcast. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:04:00 GMT Three Percent #72: We've Gone Madness—March Madness! http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/72_Three_Percent.mp3 In this bonus mini-podcast, Chad and Tom talk about the NCAA tournament, making many definitely wrong predications in over-confident tones. Of course, depending on your level of knowledge of the NCAA tournament (pro wrestling, I think?), then you may have to choose a more sarcastic interpretation of the word “bonus.” Then, again, if the NCAA Tourney is your bag, then you’ve hit the jackpot—which is also the name of the thing that neither Tom nor Chad will hit when their brackets get ruined in week one. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:03:22 GMT Three Percent #71: The 2014 Best Translated Book Awards Fiction Longlist http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/71_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is EPIC. With a minimum of digressions, we review every single book on the 2014 Best Translated Book Awards Fiction Longlist, providing descriptions, some commentary on its chances of winning, other remarks about the titles we’ve read, etc. This may be a really long episode, but it’s also one of the most informative ones we’ve done, and I’m willing to guarantee that you come away wanting to buy and read and least two of the books we talk about. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:03:53 GMT Three Percent #70: Bookworm, Amazon, and Iowa http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/70_Three_Percent.mp3 As an interlude in our 2013 round-up series—the Nate & Tom Movie Podcast will be coming soon—Tom and Chad decided to talk about Tom’s recent trip to L.A., where he met with Michael Silverblatt of the amazing show Bookworm, and about a couple of recent articles that have been making the rounds in social media and whatnot. Namely, we decided to talk a bit about George Packer’s Amazon article in the New Yorker and the provocatively titled “How Iowa Flattened Literature.” Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:02:12 GMT Three Percent #69: It's Still 2013 Somewhere http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/69_Three_Percent.mp3 This week, we finally continue our series of podcasts summing up the books, music, and movies of 2013. Because summing up 2013 only gets old when we say it does! Anyway, the entire Open Letter office is featured on this podcast, with each of us sharing our favorite albums from last year. To make it easier for you to check out what we liked, we put together this Spotify playlist with three songs from each of the albums we recommended. Just lookup the post about the podcast on Three Percent for the link. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:02:00 GMT Three Percent #68: A Few Good Books from 2013 http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/68_Three_Percent.mp3 Rather than do our normal “favorite books of XXXX” podcast, we decided to focus on four books from last year that we really liked: Thomas Pynchon’s BLEEDING EDGE, Javier Marias’s THE INFATUATIONS, Keith Ridgway’s HAWTHORN & CHILD, and Arnon Grunberg’s TIRZA. (Chad also snuck in a reference to Julia Deck’s VIVIANE, which is coming out in April.) Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:01:00 GMT Three Percent #67: The Tom Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/67_Three_Percent.mp3 From the choice of the opening song—“Royals” by Lorde—to the main topic of great midwestern bookstores and Wisconsin’s beer culture, this podcast is All About Tom. And it’s fantastic. Mostly because we get to talk about a lot of great bookstores. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:12:29 GMT Three Percent #66: I Believe You Have My Stapler http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/66_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times joins us to discuss Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel, “Bleeding Edge.” All three of us are Pynchon fans, and all three of us really like this latest book. Although, as we talk about, the fact that we experienced a lot of the cultural items Pynchon references makes this a bit odd . . . Like, Pynchon’s watched “Office Space”? He is aware of Pokemon and Beanie Babies? Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:11:22 GMT Three Percent #65: Erudition Isn't the Same as Being Intentionally Esoteric http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/65_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is the first one Tom and I have recorded in almost a month. So after a bit of catching up, we talked about David Bellos’s new translation of Simenon’s “Pietr the Latvian,” the difficulties of translating “I love you” and all the swears into Japanese, and a list of “The 20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read.” As is necessary, we also talked about the baseball playoffs and flowcharts. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:10:01 GMT Three Percent #64: Thanks for Using All the Umlauts http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/64_Three_Percent.mp3 With Tom back from his relaxing vacation, we decided to catch up and talk about the books we read recently, including Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s mystery series, Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s “The Sound of Things Falling,” and Rafael Bernal’s “The Mongolian Conspiracy,” among others. We also talk about Amazon’s MatchBook program, making things as easy as possible for readers, and baseball. Because, baseball. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 03:09:37 GMT Three Percent #63: Spermatic Economy http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/63_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a special combo version featuring two separate conversations: one between Chad, Stephen Sparks (BTBA judge, Green Apple bookseller, and excellent reviewers), and George Carroll; and one between Chad and Paul Yamazaki (legendary City Lights bookseller). Topics range from soccer to Karl Pohrt to Javier Marias to Jonathan Lethem to other books we’re reading this summer. It’s always great to hear from booksellers about what they’re reading—they’re more in touch with what’s coming out than basically anyone. Additionally, it’s always fun to give a bit more love to these two epically great bookstores. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:08:00 GMT Three Percent #62: The Random Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/62_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a hodgepodge of opinions, rants, and jokes. We talked about summer music—and our mutual dislike of Robin Thicke—“Hawthorne & Child,” my trip to Brazil, and bike thieves. And nobody talked about J.K. Rowling or her widely-known pseudonym. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 04:08:22 GMT Three Percent #61: The Cheery Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/61_Three_Percent.mp3 At the request of one of Tom’s friends, we tried to keep this particular podcast upbeat and cheery . . . and we sort of succeeded. Most of the podcast revolves around an interview from Publishing Perspectives that Amanda DeMarco did with German publisher Michael Krüger about the 40 years he’s spent at Hanser and what’s changed over that time. Krüger is a really interesting, brilliant guy, who doesn’t shy away from saying some controversial things, so a) this interview is interesting, and b) so is our podcast. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:06:20 GMT Three Percent #60: BEA and Sucking http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/60_Three_Percent.mp3 This post-BookExpo America podcast (with special guest, Bromance Will/Will Evans, the man behind Deep Vellum Press) is all about the good and bad of the country’s largest trade show for publishing. Mostly, it’s a series of rants—not necessarily about the show itself, but about the crap that craps it all up. From tech-speak nonsense to Mitch “Fucking” Albom, this is one of the funniest and most fiery podcasts we’ve recorded to date. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 01:06:10 GMT Three Percent #59: Don't Call Your Website "Book" Anything http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/59_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, Chad and Tom make fun of yet another new “social book community recommendation” website. Also, they discuss the awesomeness of a number of San Francisco bookstores (and bookstores in general), on the heels of Tom’s first trip to The City by the Bay. Tue, 28 May 2013 11:05:25 GMT Three Percent #58: Richard Nash. http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/58_Three_Percent.mp3 We’re back! With our newest and semi-delayed installment of the Three Percent Podcast. This week, is a two-parter. First Chad and Tom run down the list of the fiction and poetry finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Awards. Yes, it’s true that these were announced a couple weeks ago, but, as luck would have it, today (Friday, May 3) happens to be the big awards ceremony, which is taking place at the PEN World Voices Festival in NYC (come one, come all!). So, what better time than now to brush up on the potential winners? Then, the podcast’s main event: Chad and Tom are joined by the one-and-only Richard Nash to talk about Richard’s recent article. The title and subtitle should give you a nice teaser to their discussion: “What Is the Business of Literature?: As technology disrupts the business model of traditional publishers, the industry must imagine new ways of capturing the value of a book.” Fri, 03 May 2013 02:05:37 GMT Three Percent #57: The Master Unchained [Favorite Movies of 2012] http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/57_Three_Percent.mp3 What is this? The much-delayed “favorite movies of 2012” episode of the Three Percent Podcast? It is! Better late than never, right? Yes, it is. Stop disagreeing, please. This week, Tom is joined by Nate, and they grit their teeth to discuss The Master (P. T. Anderson) and Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino_), after having forced one another other to finally watch the each other’s favorite movie of the year. Also on the docket are the likes of: Rust & Bone, Magic Mike, Killer Joe, Moonrise Kingdom_, Argo, and, god help us, Lincoln. (And no one, at any point, talks about soccer.) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:04:51 GMT Three Percent #56: Apple-azon, Marias, and the Possibility of Love http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/56_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a bit of a hodge-podge: We start out talking about the concept of “selling used ebooks,” then Tom gets to express his admiration for Javier Marias’s new novel, “The Infatuations,” and Marias in general, and finally we talk about Houellebecq, which, as can only be expected, is controversial. Oh, and there is some talk about the NCAA Tournament. Naturally. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:03:25 GMT Three Percent #55: Twenty-Five Books to Add to Your List http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/55_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a look at the “25 titles on the Best Translated Book Awards Fiction Longlist.” Tom and Chad discuss each title, talking about which books they’ve read (or want to), and which ones they think will make the list of 10 Finalists. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:03:53 GMT Three Percent #54: Selling Swing Sets and Books to Costco Is for Closers http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/54_Three_Percent.mp3 This week, Chad talks with special guest George Carroll about the enchanted lives of literary sales reps, Seagull Books, the Seagull School of Publishing, László Krasznahorkai’s forthcoming books, and . . . the UEFA Champions League. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:02:21 GMT Three Percent #53: Are the NBCCs the Greatest American Book Awards? http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/53_Three_Percent.mp3 On this week’s podcast, we welcome National Book Critics Circle board member Carolyn Kellogg to talk about the NBCC awards, the changes to the National Book Award (which set me off on a bit of a paranoid rant), Bookish and its suckishness, and a variety of other literary topics. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:02:11 GMT Three Percent #52: 2013 Doesn't Officially Start Until We Podcast http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/52_Three_Percent.mp3 This week, Tom Roberge and I discuss a bunch of 2013 books that we’re excited about. Our preview includes everything from Javier Marias’s latest, to “18% Gray” (and the “faux 18% Gray”) to the new Laszlo Krashnahorkai to Yoko Ogawa’s “Revenge” and Mo Yan’s “Sandalwood Death” and, as always, is a mix of incisive literary observations and irreverence and soccer talk. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:02:19 GMT