Danila Botha, author of “Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness”

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Danila Botha, author of “Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness” talks about keeping things short, rejection, perseverance, Anne Frank and addiction. Esoterica Magazine published one of the stories in the collection, Rats in Disguise. Read the story and then watch our lovefest.

Should You Kickstart Your Non-Fiction Book Project?

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Howard Lovy has been many things: a journalist, covering everything from Judaism to science and technology, a podcaster, a feature writer for Publishers Weekly, a book editor, a memoirist. The list goes on. But right now he says that the most important thing to know about him is that, as a child and grandchild of […]

Author Darren McKee on AI and the Future of Writing

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In the new and scary world of “superintelligence,” Darren McKee tells writers to view AI “like a calculator,” but advises us to be transparent about our usage. McKee is the author of the new book, “Uncontrollable: The Threat of Artificial Superintelligence and The Race to Save the World.” In the interview, he breaks down what […]

Want to Publish an Op-Ed? Here’s How!

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Scott Colby, the op-ed editor at The Toronto Star and the author of  “That’s What You Think: A Practical Guide to Writing Op-Eds and Short Memoirs.”  In this interview we talk about what makes a compelling op-ed, how to pitch and what to do if you get rejected. Listen in!

Episode 3: Still a Classic? Jane Eyre

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In our third episode, Leah and Susan reread Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. We both read the book in college and both of us were surprised at how political the book was, tackling issues from economic disparity to religion to sexism. From today’s perspective, we focused on female rage and how in many ways, not […]

Episode 2: Still a Classic? The Remains of the Day

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In episode two of Still a Classic, Leah and Susan talk about the 1989 novel The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which follows Stevens, a head butler with a long record of service at Darlington Hall, an English estate. It won the Booker Prize, was made into an acclaimed 1993 film, and was […]

Episode 1: Still a Classic? The Lovely Bones

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In the first episode of our new podcast series, Still a Classic? Leah Eichler and Susan Catto debate whether or not Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones still deserves its status.

Esoterica’s The Interview with Oren Schneider on “The Apprentice of Buchenwald”

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This episode is close to our heart. Oren (like Leah Eichler) is a third generation Holocaust survivor. Coincidentally, their grandfathers come from the same city and likely knew each other. In this book, Oren channels his grandfather to tell the stories he recounted to his grandson over the years. Oren’s father died young and his […]

The Interview with Nathan Greenfield on “Hanged in Medicine Hat”

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During World War II, 12,000 Nazis were kept in a POW camp in Medicine Hat, Alberta, a remote city with about the same population as the camp. The POW camp operated as a nearly autonomous region during the war, and the city enjoyed the additional jobs it provided. That all changed when two men were […]