8 Great Literary, Book Nerd, and Storytelling Podcasts

Andrea Reads America

I am a huge fan of the podcast medium. I listen while I clean, while I walk, while I cook, while I dress after my shower. I do not subscribe to print periodicals that run book reviews, I am not a librarian, and I no longer work in a book store, but I am a reader who is interested in what’s going on in the book world, in reading culture, and who loves a well-told story. With limited time to consume print media, but with ample time to listen, I have become an avid fan of podcasts, and my hungry mind devours the bookish and storytelling podcasts below. These shows provide the literary fix I need as a word nerd. I plan special walks or add extra chores to my list when any of these drop new episodes. I hope you enjoy them, too.

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast icon on iTunesThe New…

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Onslaught *Heavy Triggers*

Teela Hart

I cannot force anyone to understand domestic violence if they have never experienced it. However, I can most assuredly give a sneak peek into the life of a DV victim/survivor and hope that someone will open their mouths or quite simply click the share button. To remain silent is to be complicit in this crime.  I’m just sayin’.  One more thing.  I lived for  nineteen years in domestic violence, I escaped, and I had to watch and think on these things as I made this post.  Remember that.

Now take a deep breath and move on to the next one.

Take your time, clear you head and keep watching.

Enraging isn’t it?

As painful as it is to watch this tragedy multiply that by infinity and you’ll begin to understand how painful it is to live it.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please…

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An Open Letter to Zeman Elementary School

Outspoken Opinions

Recently the faculty of Zeman Elementary school published a pamphlet outlining what the victims of bullying should and should not do.


While it is one of the most outrageous things I’ve read in a long time, it is also a very good reflection of how schools all over this country feel bullying should be dealt with. It is sad but seems to be the prevailing attitude- just don’t anger the bullies, let them do whatever they want to do. If you try and stop them they’ll just get worse. Fear has taken all common sense from our schools and the result is insensitive pamphlets like this one. This is my response to the Principal of Zeman Elementary School and her flyer:

Dear Ms. Williams;

Instead of placing the focus on the victims, who are already scared, lonely and desperate, why not focus on the kids who are physically and…

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