Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter talk rejection, depression, bipolar disorder, and art with graphic novelist Ellen Forney. Sherman also reads from Radioactive Love Song, the unreleased follow-up to his bestselling YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
How can you write about people who aren’t like you? Should you even try? Sherman and Jess take this question head-on, and read from their attempts to do so. With special guest Erica Dawson.
Jess Walter ruefully retires from playing basketball, Sherman Alexie ponders the footwear choices for Planned Parenthood visits, and special guest John Sirois discusses tribal singing and Facebook drama.
Sherman and Jess read about pilots (the TV kind) and mermaids, and talk with Against Football author Steve Almond, who is not ready for some football.
Sherman and Jess read poems; welcome writer/documentarian Michael Stusser to talk technology, pornography, and drinking with Spokane’s mayor; and check in with Sherman’s wife’s friend Polly, who is dealing with seeping gunk, back girdles and “high boobs.”
On the first episode of “the middle-aged writer fading jock show,” Jess tells us about a nihilist 4-year-old, Sherman talks about sexual awakenings and the tendency of all Christian movies to be about the apocalypse, and they welcome musician Star Anna.