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 #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