Beginnings

It's the fifth anniversary of Beginnings, and to celebrate, I have a wonderful episode for you with writer Chuck Klosterman. Originally from Minnesota, Chuck is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including his quasi-memoir Fargo Rock City, his acclaimed essay collection Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and novels like Downtown Owl. Chuck has also written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Grantland, The Believer and also writes the weekly The Ethicist column in the New York Times. His most recent collection is I Wear the Black Hat.

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Direct download: Beginnings_-_Chuck_Klosterman.mp3
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I hope y'all are ready for an awesome episode with author Helen DeWitt. While born in America, Helen's father was in the foreign service. She grew up all over Latin America and later attended the University of Oxford, which is where she earned her PhD. Helen has written two amazing books, The Last Samuri (which has nothing to do with that Tom Cruise film) and Lightning Rods, which was recently named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. She is currently working on her third.

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Direct download: Beginnings_-_Helen_DeWitt.mp3
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One today's episode I talk to writer and performer Ben Sinclair. Ben's name may not be instantly recognizable but for fans of High Maintenance, which is one of the best webseries out there - and would certainly be among the best TV shows if it were on TV - you'll instantly know him as the series anonymous weed dealer The Guy. Not only does Ben star in the show, but along with his wife (and former Beginnings guest) Katja Blichfeld, he's also the co-creator and co-writer of the show, as well as the editor, one of the directors...and heck, I'm sure he's even taken care of craft services at some point.

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Direct download: Beginnings_-_Benjamin_Sinclair.mp3
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On today's show, I talk to musician Mike Pace. A Long Island native, Mike was a member of the popular indie rock band Oxford Collapse, who were together from 2002 to 2009. They released four albums: two on Kanine and two on Sub Pop. Mike also co-hosted the awesome podcast Worst Gig Ever, which ran for 100 episodes as well as seven episodes on Official Comedy's YouTube channel. On January 13th, Self-Starter Foundation will release Mike's first solo album Best Boy, which he recorded under the name Mike Pace and the Child Actors.

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Direct download: Beginnings_-_Mike_Pace.mp3
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