Beaks & Geeks

Beaks & Geeks


On Beaks & Geeks, we have candid conversations with authors. We seek to learn more about the people behind great books.


#141: Colin Dickey  

Colin Dickey joins guest host Emily to talk about ghosts, haunted mansions, creepy prisons, and our fascination with scary stories. Check out the book here:

#140: Phoebe Robinson  

Phoebe Robinson, comedian and host of WNYC's 2 Dope Queens podcast, talks to Lindsay about writing, getting older, podcasting, criticism, and her new Amazon show with Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, I Love Dick. She also tells us which celebs would be her ideal roundtable interview, and why she loves her niece more than anything. Read the book, YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR:

#139: Jenny Blake  

Jenny Blake, author of PIVOT, talks with Lindsay about work, life, e-mail parties, trolls, and everything in between. She explains how failing is merely not trying at all, and why making small changes in your career can sometimes launch your path to greatness. Read the book:

#138: Johanna Basford  

Johanna Basford, the hugely popular illustrator behind adult coloring books, joins Amy to talk about the personal inspirations behind her art, fan tattoos, and more. Grab the book here:

#137: Catherine Banner  

THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT author Catherine Banner joins Amy to talk about her novel, collecting folktales, small town gossip, and why the financial crisis inspired this book. Learn about the book here:

#136: Delia Ephron  

SIRACUSA author Delia Ephron chats with Lindsay about her New York Times-bestselling novel (soon to be film), vacationing in Italy, and how to eat like a child. She also tells us about her terrible boss and experiences with married couples. Read the book:

#135: Drew Magary  

Drew Magary chats with Emily about his new book, THE HIKE, magazine writing, interviewing Justin Bieber, and winning Chopped. Read the book:

#134: Blake Crouch  

DARK MATTER author Blake Crouch talks with Lindsay about quantum mechanics, the road not taken, love, and how alternate realities redefine regret. We also talk about this book becoming a movie, and what it's like to be adapted. Read DARK MATTER:

#133: Jennifer Close  

THE HOPEFULS author Jennifer Close chats with Lindsay about magazine writing, Washington, D.C. politics, relationships with friends and family, and Hillary Clinton. Find Jennifer reading one of Lindsay's favorite parts at: 15:27. Read the book:

#132: Nadja Spiegelman  

Nadja Spiegelman joins Amy to talk about painful family history, becoming closer to her mother and grandmother, living in Paris, and much more. Learn about the book and read an excerpt here:

#131: Chuck Palahniuk  

Chuck Palahniuk, author of FIGHT CLUB, chats with Lindsay about throwing candy at his adoring fans and other spectacular things that occur at his book events. He tells us something no one knows about him and talks in detail about his new graphic novel and sequel, FIGHT CLUB 2. Read Chuck Palahniuk:

#130: Yaa Gyasi  

Yaa Gyasi joins Amy to talk about her debut novel, HOMEGOING. They discuss diaspora, family, history, and writing an ambitious book. Learn about the book here:

#129: Heather Havrilesky  

Heather Havrilesky talks with Emily about her advice column, vulnerability, being compassionate, and watching Game of Thrones. Read HOW TO BE A PERSON IN THE WORLD:

#128: Nancy Isenberg  

Nancy Isenberg joins Amy to talk about her new history book, WHITE TRASH. Learn more about the book here:

#127: Kathleen Smith  

Kathleen Smith, author of "The Fan Girl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal," joins guest host Emily Hughes to discuss her new book, her experiences throughout the writing process, and much more. Read the book:

#126: Calvin Trillin  

Guest host, Cara Cannella, contributing writer at, joins Calvin Trillin to talk about his new book. Learn more about JACKSON, 1964 here:

#125: Ken Segall  

Ken Segall, who worked with Steve Jobs as ad agency creative director for twelve years, talks with Lindsay about Apple, Mad Men, and his former life as a drummer in an Italian band. Read THINK SIMPLE:

#124: Steve Hely  

Steve Hely, author of THE RIDICULOUS RACE and HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST, chats with Lindsay about comedy writing, traveling alone, and taking ayahuasca in South America. THE WONDER TRAIL:

#123: Jensen Karp  

Jensen Karp, comedy writer and author of KANYE WEST OWES ME $300, talks with Lindsay about being a young rapper with a million dollar record deal and his poignant friendship with the infamous Kanye West. Read the book:

#122: Chuck Klosterman & editor Brant Rumble  

Chuck Klosterman and his long-time editor, Brant Rumble talk with Amy about the future, Moby Dick, high-school level physics, serial killers and much more. Read about the book here: Follow the entire Life of the Book here:

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