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

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

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

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.