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 #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