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Episode 12: Dmity Samarov

The Downtown Writers Jam

Release Date: 11/24/2014

Episode 45: Hayley Doyle show art Episode 45: Hayley Doyle

The Downtown Writers Jam

Buckle up, introverts, because two extroverts who've been locked down are coming at you in this episode. Hayley Doyle is an actress, singer, teacher, and writer with a fully-developed sense of adventure. She stopped by the Jam to talk about her debut novel and the long, creative journey that took her from Liverpool to Dubai and then to London.

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Episode 44: Elisa Batista show art Episode 44: Elisa Batista

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My old Wired.com colleague stopped by the Jam to talk about her mom blog, her life as a political activist with MomsRising, and her new book, . Oh, and we spent a good deal of time talking about hillbillies and neighborhoods, both Appalachian and Cuban!

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Episode 43: Jen Sullivan Brych show art Episode 43: Jen Sullivan Brych

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JenSul was the Wired.com colleague who wasn't actually my colleague and the person everyone assumed I knew even though we didn't. We've corrected that error on this show. visited the Jam to talk about the dotcom era, her winding road to a writing career, and her first novel, which she's currently shopping. Definitely the best, nerdiest deep dive into the world of writing in forty-three episodes of the Jam. 

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Episode 42: Kristen Episode 42: Kristen "KP" Philipkoski

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My old Wired.com colleague Kristen "KP" Philipkoski dropped by The Downtown Writers Jam to talk about her new venture, , a feminist magazine for GenX women. Along the way, we also reminisced about the insanity of the dotcom era and the craziness of the media way back when.

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Episode 41: Erik Deckers show art Episode 41: Erik Deckers

The Downtown Writers Jam

I sat down with , a humor column writer, and the co-. He's a grinder, the kind of working writer whose schedule just exhausts me. (I did that for two years and couldn't take the stress.) We talked about that lifestyle, his writer-in-residency at the Jack Kerouac House, and his first book, . Oh, and there's cussing.

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Episode 40: Lauren Gaskill show art Episode 40: Lauren Gaskill

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Last year I had the chance to talk with , one of my former writing students. Since graduating, she's had an amazing start to her career, which isn't surprising because she's one of the most ambitious young writers I've ever worked with. She's not only the author of , but also a national speaker and the founder of . 

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Episode 39: Remembering Elizabeth Wurtzel show art Episode 39: Remembering Elizabeth Wurtzel

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"She was our rock god." Elizabeth Wurtzel on January 7, 2020. She was one of the voices of GenerationX, a proud feminist, and a god damned force of nature.  

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Episode 38: Julia Scheeres show art Episode 38: Julia Scheeres

The Downtown Writers Jam

My friend and former Wired.com colleague Julia Scheeres has written two best sellers:  a memoir of her relationship with her adopted brother David as they grew up in a fundamental Christian household in Indiana, and , a heart-wrenching story about the people who were murdered in Jonestown. But her story will blow you away. It’s the story of bravery and perseverance.

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Episode 37: Woody Lewis show art Episode 37: Woody Lewis

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My friend for nearly twenty years, author Woody Lewis and I sat down for the first time to talk about his book  and life. What came out of that: his membership in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), meeting and playing drums with Jimmy Hendricks, his family’s relationship to Sally Hemings, and the struggle with writing about being black in America.

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Episode 36: Evan Ratliff show art Episode 36: Evan Ratliff

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We were Wired lackeys during the dotcom boom, but those days are long gone. In the years since we left the magazine,  is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, the co-founder of the Atavist publishing platform, the editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine, the co-founder of Pop-Up Magazine, and now the author of what is sure to be the next big bestseller, .

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Dmitry Samarov's book Where To? A Hack Memoir chronicles his time as a cab driver by combining narrative stories, visual art, and a 'zine sensibility. But that's not even close to the whole story. His parents left the Soviet Union in 1978, and came to America. Raised in Boston, Dmitry fell into writing while pursuing his passion in painting and visual arts and avoiding the dreaded 9-to-5 job. Now, he's working on a book that chronicles the story of his immigrant parents and their journey in the U.S...kind of.