Weird Era

Dedicated to asking authors the right questions.

About the show

Hosted by Sruti Islam and Alex Nierenhausen
Theme Songs by Gino Visconti and Michael Jaworski (@mikejaws)
Audio Production by Kyel Loadenthal

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Episodes

  • Episode 47: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Sean Thor Conroe

    September 8th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 22 secs
    2022books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, fuccboi, interviews, literature, montreal, sean thor conroe, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Sean Thor Conroe about the line between mimicry and influence, white fuck boys vs ethnic fuck boys, and if fiction, like fuck boys, can manipulate.

  • Episode 46: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Justin Ling

    August 25th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 49 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, interviews, justinling, literature, montreal, mtl, the village, weirdera, weirderapod

    Provide Daphnee with social media one liner

  • Episode 45: Weird Era feat. Joshua Whitehead

    August 19th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  45 mins
    2022books, authors, bookclub, books, fiction, interviews, joshua whitehead, literature, making love with the land, montreal, mtl, weirdera, weirderapod

    This week, Alex sits down with Joshua Whitehead to discuss his new essay collection, Making Love With The Land, the pits and pearls of academia, what it means to reject categorization, and Brandi Carlile.

  • Episode 44: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Elif Batuman

    July 28th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 33 secs
    2022books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, elif batuman, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti sits down with Elif Batuman to talk about what it means to ~feel~ intelligent, to over-intellectualize a crush, the normalized expectations of heterosexuality, how it feels to forefront Immigrant stories in North American canon, and what she thinks about The Idiot developing into film.

  • Episode 43: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Jackson Howard

    July 14th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 27 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, jackson howard, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Alex sits down with Jackson Howard, an editor at the forefront of queer literature, to discuss the current state of the publishing industry, bad reading habits, Brontez Purnell's tattoos, and the Pitchfork rating system.

  • Episode 42: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Lillian Fishman

    July 7th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 55 secs
    2021books, acts of service, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, lillian fishman, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Lillian Fishman about her favourite book of 2022 (Acts of Service), and how a conversation on Queerness led her to an investigation of Heterosexuality, why desire conflates with our personal politics, and if freedom necessitates radicalism.

  • Episode 41: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Naben Ruthnum

    June 30th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 22 secs
    2021books, a hero of our time, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, naben ruthnum, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Naben Ruthnum about heterosexual male desire, South East Asian narratives in fiction, and how a kind of self-deprecation can ironically involve a heightened ego.

  • Episode 40: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Heather O'Neill

    June 23rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 33 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, heather o'neill, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod, when we lost our heads

    Alex talks with Montreal legend Heather O'Neill about her newest novel, When We Lost Our Heads. They talk about adult fairy tales, gritty underworlds, literary erotica, and what it means to get revenge.

  • Episode 39: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Rollie Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon

    June 16th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 14 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, cadence weapon, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, rollie pemberton, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Rollie Pemberton about his debut memoir Bedroom Rapper, the 2000s Montreal DIY scene, conscious rap vs gangster rap, what it means when an album is just trash tho, and navigating a Canadian Black identity throughout his career.

  • Episode 38: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Bud Smith

    June 9th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 42 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, bud smith, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, teenager, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Bud Smith about his debut novel Teenager, contemporary manifestations of patriarchy, the difference between America and Americans, and why it's embarrassing to be alive.

  • Episode 37: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Mayukh Sen

    December 3rd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 29 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, mayukh sen, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, tastemakers, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks to Mayukh Sen about Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, how our own relationship to immigrant mothers inform an interest in this text, "the food establishment/media", and culinary lexicon—curry is a real word!

  • Episode 36: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Jo Hamya

    November 25th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 40 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, jo hamya, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, three rooms, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks with Jo Hamya about her debut novel Three Rooms, how to know when a chapter is done, what the American literary domestic is vs the UK’s notion of home, and what Woolf might think about the idea of a 9-5 just to stay alive.

  • Episode 35: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Claire Vaye Watkins

    November 18th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 7 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, claire vaye watkins, fiction, i love you but i've chosen darkness, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Sruti talks with Claire Vaye Watkins about why normal might be overrated (given her family's history with the Manson family), the relationship between pleasure and peace—in fact, lots about pleasure seeking, and the independent lives parents occupy before their children come to exist.

  • Episode 34: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Todd Babiak

    November 11th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 52 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, the spirits up, todd babiak, weirdera, weirderapod

    Alex sits down with Todd to discuss his new novel, The Spirits Up, Charles Dickens, pandemic writing, financial malfeasance, and whether or not babies and animals can ACTUALLY see ghosts.

  • Episode 33: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Eli Tareq el Bechelany Lynch

    November 4th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 52 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, eli tareq el bechelany-lynch, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Alex and EIi talk about activism in writing, the garbage crisis in Lebanon, queerness and Arabness, and what makes Montreal such an intimate city.

  • Episode 32: LSHB's Weird Era feat. Brian Evenson

    October 28th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 17 secs
    2021books, authors, bookclub, bookish, books, bookstore, brian evenson, fiction, indiebooks, indiebookstore, interviews, librairiesthenribooks, literature, lshb, montreal, montrealbookstore, mtl, sthenri, weirdera, weirderapod

    Alex and Brian sit down to talk about his latest collection, The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell, short stories as a format, universe-building, horror writing, and fearing the self.