Ep 143 // Tim Kreider, Pt 1 w/ Matt Ruby / Movie Catch-Up

Premiere DateJan 3, 2020
00:00 Intro
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01:21 START /// Matt Ruby talks with writer Tim Kreider (part 1) / experience as a writing teacher / effect of teaching on his own writing
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03:30 “You are not special.” / first published piece / reader better get more out of it than writer
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08:30 Good stories don’t always make good essays
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09:45 Write letters to become a better writer
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11:40 Write for one person as a way of writing for everyone
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15:50 As a teacher of young people, do the stereotypes hold? / apprehension at being perceived as mean
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20:00 Truth vs. invention in essay writing / withholding crucial information
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26:50 Structure
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31:40 Choosing class reading assignments /// END (continued next week)
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34:00 "Black Hole, Son" (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Field Mouse
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38:08 "In The Clouds" (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Kissed By An Animal
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41:20 Movie Review: J. McVay on ‘Uncut Gems’
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44:45 Movie Review: J. McVay on ‘Little Women’
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46:22 Movie Review: J. McVay on ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
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48:55 "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You" Julia Jacklin
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54:55 "You Were Right" Julia Jacklin
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57:15 Outro / Credits
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58:07 Finish.
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Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Tim Kreider, an essayist and a teacher, about his thoughts and tips on writing.

Later in the episode, J. McVay shares some thoughts on a few movies released in recent weeks:

  • ‘Uncut Gems’ — directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Out now from A24.
  • ‘Little Women’ — written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Out now from Columbia Pictures.
  • ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ — directed by JJ Abrams. Out now from Walt Disney Studios.

And we’ll take exclusive early listens to performances by Field Mouse and Kissed By An Animal, from their upcoming BTR Live Studio sessions.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby

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