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 #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