Season 2 arrives on May 9, 2023!

Season 2

Publishing Failure The Writing Life

S2E3 Why Writers Need to Fail More with Stephen Marche

June 6, 2023

Cultural critic Stephen Marche discusses his new book On Writing and Failure, the challenges faced by writers in the digital age, the the inherent failures that are part of writing process, and the struggle to bridge the gap…

Memoir Essays Writer's Block Reading

S2E2: Susan Olding on Essays and Rereading Classics

May 23, 2023

In this episode, Susan Olding discusses her journey as an essayist, and her newest essay collection Big Reader. She also discusses the power of writing essays, the challenges of writer's block, the power of re-reading classi…

Guest: Susan Olding
Publishing Diversity Jewish Culture

Josh Lambert on the Jewish Literary Mafia

May 9, 2023

In this episode of "The Book I Had to Write" podcast, Paul interviews Josh Lambert, author of The Literary Mafia: Jews, Publishing, and Postwar American Literature. Josh shares the story of how the term 'Jewish literary maf…

Guest: Josh Lambert

Season 2 Trailer

May 1, 2023

Paul is back with a new season of The Book I Had to Write. This time around, the show explores nonfiction writers and stories from Canada. Upcoming interviews will be published every other Tuesday starting on May 9, 2023.