Monday, May 9, 2016

Are You Listening to The Oral History?

Hello, readers! It's Kate here. Today I want to let you know of one of my new favorite things. It's a podcast-- The Oral History from authors Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian.

If you've read Carrie and Christa's books, you already know you'll love a podcast about them discussing sex and books. And if you haven't read their books, you'll want to listen to this podcast anyway. Carrie and Christa's discussions are hilarious, honest, and insightful. Each episode tackles a tough topic, like first times, cheating, body image, illicit relationships, and sex without romance. The podcast offers book recommendations on that theme, asks tough questions, and works through the content from frank, sex-positive, feminist perspectives. Plus, it's sponsored by The Booklist Reader, a book blog from the American Library Association's Booklist Publications.

I've started listening to the podcast while I do dishes or laundry (it gets me through both of those tasks), and I've added tons of books to my TBR because of it. It's also making me a better writer to hear other writers talk through these issues so thoroughly, and helping me analyze how I both present and address these things in my books.

And guess what? Now there's a TinyLetter for the podcast, going deeper into each episode. You can get it here: Going Deeper.

So if you're looking for a way into some of these tough topics, The Oral History is your new best friend.

And while we're at it, since I"m new to podcasts, any other great ones you recommend for writers? Let me know in the comments here.


  1. It's never occurred to me to listen to podcasts while doing housework. I usually listen to audio books while doing my dishes, and usually when I do come across them, I'm not patient enough to actually sit there and listen to the whole thing. I mean, what do they think I am? Attentive?

    This is a great idea.

  2. "FIRST DRAFT with Sarah Enni" is great. "This Creative Life" by Sara Zarr. "Minorities in Publishing." All great podcasts!! Also, The Oral History is fantastic. One of my absolute faves. <3