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Ep 117: Beyond a Joke 8 - Dominic Hoey tells Pip Adam a funny story and they talk about Poor People With Money

September 12th, 2022

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Ep 116: Beyond a Joke 7 - Sarah Jane Barnett talks with Pip Adam about Michael Schur’s The Good Place

August 11th, 2022

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Ep 115: Beyond a Joke 6 - Brannavan Gnanalingam talks with Pip Adam about Kira Muratova’s film The Asthenic Syndrome

August 7th, 2022

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Ep 114: Beyond a Joke 5 - Rachel O’Neill talks with Pip Adam about Pockets and Everything Everywhere All At Once by the Daniels

August 7th, 2022

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Ep 113: Beyond a Joke 4 - Anthony Lapwood talks to Pip Adam about ’Goethe in the Roman Campagna’ by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

June 21st, 2022

Anthony is an incredible fiction writer and you can read more about him and his work on his website

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Ep 112: Beyond a Joke 3 - Jordan Hamel talks to Pip Adam about his poem ’Death Coach’

May 13th, 2022

Jordan’s new book Everyone is Everyone Except You is out in May 2022 with Dead Bird Books. Click here to read more

Ep 111: Beyond a Joke 2 - Jonny Potts talks to Pip Adam about Nikolai Gogol’s story ’The Nose’

April 26th, 2022

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Ep 110: Beyond a Joke 1 - Anna Jackson talks to Pip Adam about Anna’s book ’Actions & Travels: How poetry works’.

April 12th, 2022

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In this, the first episode in this series I speak with Anna Jackson abouta single cell from a Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy is pretending to be a cow. This turns out to be a really great way into talking to Anna about her amazing new book Actions & Travels: How Poetry Works (Auckland University Press)

Beyond a Joke! Better of Read’s New Home at Substack.

April 9th, 2022

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been recording and editing the first episodes of the new series Beyond a Joke. In this series, I’m asking guests to bring an object that has made them laugh. Using this object we discuss what makes us laugh, what arts practice can learn about the structures of humor and jokes and so far, quite a lot about where the ‘serious’ and the ‘ridiculous’ overlap and intersect. So far, I’ve had two amazing conversations with Anna Jackson about Snoopy and Jonny Potts about ‘Нос Nos | The Nose’ by Nikolai Gogol. Both of these episodes will be available in the next few weeks. Episodes for this series come out every two weeks.

In other news, Better off Read is shifting to a new home at Substack.

My main aim in moving to Substack is to build a bit of community around the podcast.

You will still be able to listen Better off Read for free but you are also now able to contribute financially if you’re able. I would love to make the podcast sustainable financially on an ongoing basis. An important principle of the podcast is that I pay all guests. Your money makes it possible for me to make the podcast for everyone.

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Thanks as always for listening and I look forward to being in touch.

Ep 109: Andy Southall : Time, Love, Memory session from Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts

March 31st, 2022

Due to Covid the session I was chairing with Andy Southall and Bridget van der Zijpp for the 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts was cancelled. I'm really grateful that Andy and Bridget agreed to record a session where we talk about their books under the session theme of Time, Love, Memory.

Andy Southall speaks about his new novel Both Feet in Paradise (The Cuba Press)

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