Happy ten-show-iversary to all! This episode brings you two awesome pieces of nonfction: Matt Gallagher reads an essay about getting back in uniform, but in New York City instead of Iraq, and Leigh Stein reads an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Land of Enchantment. The memoir is about grief in the internet age; the excerpt includes rings, relics, and run-ins with the cops.
Links to books rambled about in the show’s opening: Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (who read on our episode 8) and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon.
And the books by this episode’s readers! Kaboom is Matt’s memoir of his time in Iraq, and he co-edited (and contributed to) the anthology, Fire and Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Leigh’s novel is The Fallback Plan and she has also written a book of poetry, Dispatch from the Future.
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About the writers:
Matt Gallagher is the author of the memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, both published by Da Capo Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Atlantic, among other places. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn. He’s on twitter: @MattGallagher83
Leigh Stein is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan and a full-length collection of poetry, Dispatch from the Future. She is working on a memoir about death and the Internet called Land of Enchantment. In New York City, she teaches poetry in the public schools and co-hosts the monthly reading series The Book Report. http://leighstein.com & @rhymeswithbee