Three Percent Podcast http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent en-us Copyright 2011 e.j.vanlanen@rochester.edu Three Percent The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly conversation about new books, literary events, the publishing scene, and other random things. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary world. Maybe. E.J. Van Lanen ej.vanlanen@gmail.com No 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