Jenna Weiss-Berman

Episode Seven: Against Lineage

In this month’s episode of the Organist: Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Hell Baby) as an unhinged Urban Outfitters security guard in a short radio drama written by Nick Jones (Orange is the New Black, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) The story of Chris Stroffolino, ex-Silver Jews, ex-Shakespeare scholar, currently living and performing amazing music in a 1983 Ford Econoline […]

Episode Four: Richard, the Angel of Death

In this episode: James Franco performing a new original radio drama by the playwright Will Eno Jonathan Coulton on the strange (and infuriating) intersection of Sir Mix-a-Lot, U.S. copyright law, and Glee  Tao Lin on speaking very slowly Kitty and Kool A.D. rapping Tao Lin’s fiction as quickly as possible the artist Nick Cave on his […]

Episode Two: The Rhetorical Bed

Episode Two exists! David Cross describes his aura-sniffing powers Andrea Silenzi proposes a copyright-free alternative to the Birthday Song Devendra Banhart on the language of songwriting. (Listen to DB’s exclusive mixtape he made for the Organist!) Sam Lipsyte’s Old-News Summary Thomas Rogers on the origins of the gay male voice Brian McMullen’s indirectory of toll-free […]

Episode One: Little Language Machine

Welcome to Episode one of the Organist, wherein: the short-story master George Saunders talks about how riffing as a teenage benchwarmer led to the richly imagined voices of his fiction; Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman explains the tortured etymology of the word “podcast” (it’s a conflation of the words paw and broadcast — a radio […]