Guest Blog by Caleb J. Ross: Stranger Will Tour For Strange

Podcast Orgy!

This is a guest post by Caleb J Ross as part of his Stranger Will Tour for Strange blog tour. He will be guest-posting beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of his second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin and novella, As a Machine and Parts, in November 2011. If you have connections to a lit blog of any type, professional journal or personal site, please contact him. To be a groupie and follow this tour,subscribe to the Caleb J Ross blog RSS feed. Follow him on Twitter: @calebjross.com. Friend him on Facebook: Facebook.com/rosscaleb

In April of 2010 the admin of this here Obscuradrome, along with myself, and a couple hyper-smart members of The Velvet reading and writing forums got together to record an episode of The Velvet Podcast. Podcasts have long intrigued me, not only from an entertainment perspective but from an accessibility perspective as well. Though podcasts can be professional recorded and edited to a level comparable to traditional radio broadcasts, the production quality is more often YouTube than boob tube. This lowered expectation in terms of aesthetic polish allows the content itself to be the star. And if I do say so myself, the content of our April 2010 episode deserves the red carpet treatment.

Literature related podcasts have helped me both as a reader and a writer. As a reader, I appreciate the variety of perspectives on books offered by podcasts like New York Review of Books, The New York Times Review of Books, and Booked Podcast and interviews with authors on Eye on Books and This Podcast Will Change Your Life. As a writer, I like the insights on craft discussed on I Should Be Writing and NPR: Books. As a service to you wonderful Obscuradome readers, let me elaborate on the teaser series in the previous sentence…

Booked Podcast
Robb Olson and Livius Nedin have quickly become my go-to podcast when itching for non-specific book-related content. Though many of the books they review—and some of the authors they interview—I am not personally familiar with, I trust in their roles as tastemakers. If for some reason you don’t already know (having likely seen Bob’s amazing promotion of the podcast on this very site over the last few weeks) Booked Podcast is interviewing quite a number of the contributors to the recently released Warmed and Bound collection from The Velvet. Lots of good stuff there.
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I Should Be Writing
Mur Laferty is podcasting royalty, and this podcast (one of her many) is a fine example of why she deserves her throne. Though Mur writes and discusses genres of fiction that I personally don’t care about, her reassuring approach to common hindrances like writer’s block and time suck make enduring the sci-fi and fantasy talk only a minor inconvenience. Simply put: she puts things simply. Despite ISBW’s tag line—“A podcast for wannabe fiction writers by a wannabe fiction writer”—veterans and wannabes alike can benefit from this podcast.
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Eye on Books
Bill Thompson, host of Eye on Books, has the perfect voice. Soothing, baritone, and oddly sleep-inducing. But jealously aside, Thompson continually interviews some of my favorite authors, and does so with a casual wit and contagious enthusiasm for the subject matter. This is a guy who is obviously passionate about books and authors. Even when he interviews authors I’ve never heard of, I listen knowing that the interview will be a good one.
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The New York Review of Books
Elitist, maybe, but as intelligent and well-informed as the term “elitist” implies. This podcast tends to focus on bestsellers and hi-profile books, but even as an uncomfortable hipster, I think that knowing the world of popular literature is important.
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NPR: Books
This weekly(ish) podcast complies the book-related stories from NPR into a single episode, which is genius. NPR does this same thing for other news categories too, allowing listeners to take in the material they want without wading through the insufferable transition music. I like hearing New Guinea tribal chants as much as the next public radio fan, but I like more not hearing them.
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The Velvet Podcast
Full disclosure: I am an oft panelist and moderator at The Velvet Podcast. Fuller disclosure: This podcast will destroy your brain.
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This Podcast Will Change Your Life
Host Ben Tanzer, who is a fantastic writer himself, interviews what some would call outsider or underground writers, usually at a bar, with such ease and conversational spontaneity that the listener truly feels included in the barstool camaraderie.
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NYTimes.com Book Review
See The New York Review of Books description above. These two podcasts are pretty much the same, in name and content.
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3 responses to “Guest Blog by Caleb J. Ross: Stranger Will Tour For Strange

  1. Pingback: Stranger Will tour stop #49: Obscuradrome (Bob Pastorella’s blog) | Caleb J Ross The World's First Author Blog | calebjross

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