Authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter are friends. That friendship has led to phone calls where they’ll talk about the state of the world to the projects they’re working on to the real important stuff, like professional basketball. A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment takes these wide-ranging conversations, adds readings from each author, a fascinating guest or two, and gives them to you in podcast form. You’ll enjoy this one.


Episode #25: Richard Russo and Go Set a Watchman

August 19, 2015 · Duration: 30:53 · Play

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.

Episode #21: Back to Spokane

June 10, 2015 · Duration: 54:24 · Play

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.

Episode #20: Live with Kerri Miller

May 27, 2015 · Duration: 1:00:17 · Play

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.

Episode #15: A Live Sense Of Accomplishment

February 18, 2015 · Duration: 1:26:07 · Play

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.

Episode #13: ‘The Car Talk of Scribes’

January 21, 2015 · Duration: 36:42 · Play

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.

Episode #12: The Virgin of Menace and Flying Spiders

January 7, 2015 · Duration: 41:32 · Play

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.

Episode #8: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Toilet and Aaron Guest of Polecat

November 12, 2014 · Duration: 56:23 · Play

Sherman and Jess read from some of their shortest stories in this episode, then discuss meeting and not meeting celebrities, culminating with Sherman on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s toilet. They also welcome musician Aaron Guest of the band Polecat and discuss their 3 favorite songs.

Episode #7: Molly Ringwald On Writing, Singing, and Work Clothes

October 29, 2014 · Duration: 50:48 · Play

Actress/Novelist/Jazz singer Molly Ringwald joins Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter to talk about singing at the Carlyle, what writers wear to work, and her suspicion of people who say they love to write. Sherman and Jess also discuss the thrill and agony of submitting one’s work.

Episode #6: Ellen Forney and the Literary Mendoza Line

October 15, 2014 · Duration: 57:06 · Play

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.

Episode #2: Psalms, Spokane, Stusser, and Seeping Gunk

August 25, 2014 · Duration: 43:32 · Play

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.”

Episode #1: Cheston, Applied Science, and Star Anna

· Duration: 1:06:01 · Play

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.