Episode 12: Morning Cocktails with Jess Walter & Emma Straub

Welcome to our powerhouse episode with Jess Walter and Emma Straub! We sipped on Bloody Marys and chatted about every topic under the sun from the Rachel Dolezal controversy, Emma’s imaginary morning workout regime, the memoir-ization of fiction, what “summer reads” mean to each of them, and more. We let the clock run long on this one as we really had so much to cover.

Jess and Emma had big shoes to fill as Emily is out this week looking after her newborn baby Raphael. Congratulations Emily!

We talk about several of Emma’s recent articles: How Food Brought My Husband and I Together for Cosmopolitan, Learning to Make the Most of Every Moment for SELF Magazine and Cheating on Paper for Rookie.

I hope you enjoy this episode as much I did. Do let us know your thoughts!


The many books mentioned on the pod this week:

Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Cook

We Live in Water by Jess Walter

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life by Sheila Heti

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Simple

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Valley Fever: a Novel by Katherine Taylor

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Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin HouseThe New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and the The Paris Review Daily. She is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. A more illustrated version of this appears at M+E.

Buy The Vacationers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.



Jess Walter is the author of We Live in Water, Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of the Poets, The Zero, Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, Over Tumbled Graves and Ruby Ridge. He’s been a #1 New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/​USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, Esquire and more. He has an upcoming story “Mr. Voice” (first published in Tin House) has been selected for Best American Short Stories 2015 (available in October).

These are Angie’s three favorites:

Beautiful Ruins (but on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore)

The Financial Lives of the Poets (buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore)

The Zero (buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore)

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