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

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

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