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A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment
60 minutes | Oct 14, 2015
29: Live with Shelby Earl and Leija Farr
Singer-songwriter Shelby Earl and poet Leija Farr join Sherman and Jess at the Newcastle Country Club for a live performance. Sherman and Jess each read new works, Shelby plays some music, and Leija, the high school poet laureate of Seattle, stuns the crowd with beautiful poems.
46 minutes | Sep 30, 2015
28: Padgett Powell and the Spectrum of Credulity
Padgett Powell is on the show, where he talks about honesty, appropriate sequences of events and the spectrum of credulity. Jess and Sherman also read unpublished works. Jess shares part a new short story, while Sherman reads a series of six-word stories. Plus a listener question about taking classes as a professional.
60 minutes | Sep 16, 2015
27: Live from Bumbershoot with Neko Case and Rachel Flotard
Sherman and Jess are live at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington. Jess reads a new poem about the end of days, while Sherman reads a new poem about his mother's recent death. Acclaimed singers Neko Case and Rachel Flotard also join the show, performing gorgeous music before sitting down to talk with Sherman and Jess about making records, troubles with mothers, and Sky Mall. Plus, questions from the audience.
46 minutes | Sep 2, 2015
26: Vendela Vida and the Speculative Memoir
Author Vendela Vida is interviewed, and has a lot to say about the influence of travel, writing in the second person, and book clubs. Sherman and Jess field a question from a writer in Los Angeles who is feeling the pressure while writing about thousands of years of ancestry, oppression and struggle. And there is discussion about the speculative memoirs of Dr. Alexie and other alternate timelines to their lives.
33 minutes | Aug 19, 2015
25: Richard Russo and Go Set a Watchman
Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo is interviewed. Sherman and Jess weigh in on Go Set a Watchman and answer a listener question from a guy who binge listens to the show while vacuuming his house in the buff.
29 minutes | Aug 5, 2015
24: Jordan Bass of McSweeney’s and the Role of Grief
Sherman and Jess talk about their mothers and the role grief plays in their work. Jess interviews Jordan Bass, executive editor at McSweeney's.
36 minutes | Jul 8, 2015
23: Benjamin Percy, Kris Dinnison, and the Dance of the Flaming Chainsaws
Author Benjamin Percy explains how he structures his novels in an old darkroom, full of newspaper articles and bits of overheard conversations tacked on the wall, using scrolls of paper from a children’s art easel. Then Jess Walter interviews Kris Dinnison about her debut novel.
55 minutes | Jun 24, 2015
22: The ‘All Questions’ Edition
It's the All Questions edition of A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment. Sherman and Jess answer questions from writers, teachers, and a journalist.
55 minutes | Jun 10, 2015
21: Back to Spokane
Sherman and Jess are live in their hometown of Spokane, Washington. They both read works in progress and welcome the band Bossame to the stage.
61 minutes | May 27, 2015
20: Live with Kerri Miller
Sherman and Jess are (recorded) live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. Host Kerri Miller, a big fan of the show, prods the guys about things they've said on past episodes.
38 minutes | May 13, 2015
19: Haley Bonar and the Nature of Poetry
Singer/songwriter Haley Bonar performs a song she hasn’t played for any other humans. It’s really good. Also, our listener question asks: What, exactly, is poetry?
43 minutes | Apr 29, 2015
18: Marlon James and Reading Your Own Audio Book
Sherman and Jess are back with an interview with acclaimed novelist Marlon James, whose most recent book is A Brief History of Seven Killings. The guys also talk about the pros and cons of reading their own audio books.
34 minutes | Mar 18, 2015
17: Lemony Snicket and Lost in Translation
Sherman Alexie runs into Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) at a bookstore in Portland, and Jess Walter talks about his involvement (or sometimes lack of involvement) in the translation of his novels.
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2015
16: Climate Change, Taking Stock, and Saying Farewell to a Dog
Jess Walter says goodbye to his favorite dog, Sherman Alexie reads an amazing unpublished short story, and they both take stock of the podcast 6 months in.
87 minutes | Feb 18, 2015
15: A Live Sense Of Accomplishment
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter present the first-ever live taping of the show. It features extended readings from both authors, advice for the audience, and a cab driver who really loves the Green Bay Packers.
39 minutes | Feb 4, 2015
14: So You Want To Be a Writer, with Melissa Febos and Jon Davis
Want to be a writer? Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter say you’ll have to give up one of two things. And most likely TV. Don't forget to disable your wi-fi, too. We also hear from writers Melissa Febos and Jon Davis.
38 minutes | Jan 21, 2015
13: ‘The Car Talk of Scribes’
Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie continue their quest to become “the Car Talk of scribes” by answering another question from an aspiring writer. Then Jess interviews author Manuel Gonzales about writing, genre fiction, and Gonzales’ forthcoming novel.
42 minutes | Jan 7, 2015
12: The Virgin of Menace and Flying Spiders
Every A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment is about works in-progress, but these works could not be more in-progress. Hear very fresh writing from Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter. Then, the guys interview Spokane’s hip-hop orchestra Flying Spiders.
59 minutes | Dec 22, 2014
11: Works in Progress and the Best of 2014
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter read new works in progress, pick their favorite books and movies from 2014, and answer a delicate listener question.
46 minutes | Dec 10, 2014
10: Other People’s ‘Stuff,’ Sharma Shields, and Roundball Roundtable
Sherman and Jess read from other authors' work, and welcome Sharma Shields to read from her upcoming novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. Plus, writers Shann Ray and Kevin Taylor join the hosts to talk trash and pretty jump shots.
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