In the Atelier

In the Atelier

www.atelier26books.com
Premiering with weekly episodes in January 2020, In the Atelier is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted installment brings you reflections and real talk about subjects like the nature of creativity, the highs and lows of making art, inspiring works of literature and cinema, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books and hosted by author, publisher, and teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support


Working Without Working
Jan 22 • 14 min
What really takes discipline? Not working. Mentioned in this episode: W.H. Auden; Saul Bellow; Joan Didion; E.M. Forster’s “Aspects of the Novel”; Annie Dillard; Dillard’s “A Writing Life”; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”; Andre Dubus;…
A Good Way to Lose
Jan 15 • 9 min
“Your application was not successful.” These words don’t always mean what we might think they do. Mentioned in this episode: application essay; statement of purpose; economic recession; layoffs Music: “Burn” by Kut; “Hypernova” by Theevs; “See Me Fly…
Surrendering to Process
Jan 8 • 9 min
Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone — and that’s no straightforward task. Mentioned in this episode: “Rivers and Tides” (2001 documentary film). Music: “Hand in the Jar” by Rodello’s Machine (used by courtesy of the artist through…
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Jan 1 • 9 min
Being “oneself” could mean any number of things. That’s a scary — and inspiring — thought. Mentioned in this episode: Throwing your back out; Nicolas Cage; Michael Caine; “The Weather Man” (2005 film). Music: “A Look Out” by Assaf Ayalon; “Depth…
Opportunity & Inspiration
Jan 1 • 12 min
A famous author’s invitation leads to a lesson about opportunity and the unexpected forms inspiration can take. Mentioned in this episode: Denis Johnson; Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son”; Johnson’s “Tree of Smoke”; National Book Award. Music: “Anthem of a Quirky…
What Am I Doing With My Life?
Jan 1 • 10 min
Two kinds of doubt and how to use them. Mentioned in this episode: John Gardner; Gardner’s “On Becoming a Novelist”; gap analysis; Henry James; James’s “The Middle Years”; James’s notebooks; Cynthia Ozick; prayer; intuition. Music: “Moonlight Call” by…
Going Strong While Getting By (Bonus Installment)
Dec 18, 2019 • 7 min
There are many reasons — so many reasons — for a rubbery deadline. Onward! Mentioned in this episode: The Journal of Jules Renard Music: “Siren (instrumental)” and “Sugar (instrumental)” by Katrina Stone (All music used by courtesy of the artists through…
In the Absence of Yes
Nov 28, 2019 • 15 min
Thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection. Believing in the worth of what you’ve produced is no easy thing. And deserving work is all too often passed over in sluice tides of manila envelopes. All that matters is what you’re…
In the Atelier: PRELISTEN 2
Nov 18, 2019 • 6 min
What do you do if you’re a young writer and you receive an invitation from National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus’ Son? Hint: don’t panic. In the Atelier, a new weekly podcast premiering January 2020, is a place for occasional thoughts…
In the Atelier: PRELISTEN
Nov 14, 2019 • 4 min
In the Atelier, a new weekly podcast premiering January 2020, is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted episode brings you reflections and real talk about subjects like the nature of…