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Tao Lin is the guest. His new book is called Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change (Vintage). It is his first book-length work of nonfiction and is the official May pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Tao’s third time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 180 and Episode 181 (a two-part interview) in June 2013 and again with Mira Gonzalez in Episode 371 on July 19, 2015.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about groomer humor and white jeans.

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Jonathan Ames is the guest. His latest book is called You Were Never Really Here (Pushkin Press). It has recently been adapted into a major motion picture starring Joaquin Phoenix. Ames also writes for television, having created the shows Blunt Talk (Starz 2015-2016), starring Patrick Stewart, and Bored to Death (HBO 2009-2011), starring Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis.

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In today’s monologue, I read some listener mail involving CBD oil, my dog, and the Thai restaurant.

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Melissa Broder is the guest. Her debut novel The Pisces is available now from Hogarth Press.

This is Melissa’s third time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 58 on April 4, 2012 and again in Episode 404 on March 13, 2016.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about San Francisco, biking, nature, and my dog Twiggy’s tendency to eat bees.

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Susan Henderson is the guest. Her new novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, is available now from Harper Perennial.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about sleep deprivation and my relationship with Alexa.

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Lauren Grodstein is the guest. Her latest novel, Our Short History, is available now from Algonquin Books.

This is Lauren’s second time on the podcast. She first appeared in Episode 216 on October 13, 2013.

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In today’s monologue, I discuss a humiliating experience I had while trying to find a benign sleep aid solution.

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Sarah Kendzior is the guest. Her book, The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, is available now from Flatiron Books.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about Sarah’s work and its effect on me over the past couple of years.

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Natalia Sylvester is the guest. Her new novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, is available now from Little A Books.

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In today’s monologue, I file a couple of grievances.

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Elle Nash is the guest. Her debut novel Animals Eat Each Other is the official April pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. It is available now from Dzanc Books.

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In today’s monologue, I read listener mail.

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Steve Almond is the guest. His new book, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country?, is available now from Red Hen Press.

This is Steve’s third time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 9, on October 16, 2011, and again in Episode 302, on August 10, 2014.

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In today’s monologue, I talk briefly about the moment we find ourselves in as Americans, and about the odd consolation of Steve’s book.

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Shauna Barbosa is the guest. Her poetry collection Cape Verdean Blues is available now from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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In today’s monologue, I talk about my trip to the desert.

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