Shawna Kenney’s Little Rascals Mentality

Shawna

book lovers - shawna kelleyThe indefatigable Shawna Kenney visits and shows Jay and Patrick how it’s done. From corresponding with Ian MacKaye at the age of 16 to working as a dominatrix to put herself through college to writing treatments for reality television shows, and much more, Shawna has written, listened, and collaborated her way to a writing life unlike any other. We do our best to cover her many projects, the most recent being Book Lovers: Stories from Under the Covers, while getting a glimpse of what’s to come.

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While We’re Still Alive-A Conversation with Kate Sweeney

sweeney.kate_SWEENEY_American-Afterlife_cvr_fnl-copyKate Sweeney, “pretty cheerful person” and author of the fantastic American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, comes on the show to talk about her book and much more. Many of the questions we ask were crafted by Jay’s Creative Non-Fiction students at James Madison University. Kudos to them for giving us such varied and interesting ways with which to build a conversation. Also, Kate gets us to tell the riveting story of how our podcast got its name.

A Song for Our Grandfathers

Jay, Patrick, and Pookahantas chat about one of the many things they have in common: the fact that they all had asshole grandfathers and wrote something as a result.