This show is going to be about the authors, about them, about them as people. … I want to know who they are, what their childhoods were like, what’s going on, what happened yesterday, why they’re wearing what they’re wearing, things like that. I want to know what they eat. I want to know what makes them enraged. And I think that if we get to know them as people better, we’ll know better whether or not we want to read their stuff.
… this show is about perpetuating book culture by letting people know who these writers are and by having intimate conversations in which they reveal stuff. That’s the idea. I want candor. Don’t you want candor?
- Brad Listi from the intro to the first of what has now become fifty episodes of his “Other People” podcast
Listi conducts leisurely interviews. Conversations, really. If you’re antsy, they’ll make you antsier. I’m not antsy. They’ve made me happy. In the past few days, I’ve listened to — and appreciated — his interviews of …
Evison, it turns out, gets up at 5 a.m. to write. For all of us who wish we managed to get up and write that early, here’s what Evison told Listi:
It’s all about discipline for me and keeping on a schedule because each day I stay on my schedule I just become more and more productive. It’s more like conditioning yourself, like an athlete or something. If I can get up at five in the morning, the first morning I may not really get cooking until 6:45. But like by the seventh or eighth morning of doing that, … I can get there quicker.