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On Margins


On Margins is a podcast about making books and "book shaped" things. Hosted by Craig Mod.

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W. David Marx — The Culture of Fashion in Japan

Sep 3 • 01:53:37

W. David Marx and I talk about his book Ametora, Japanese culture, and books in translation....

Sam Anderson (Part 2)

Feb 9 • 01:26:21

Sam Anderson is back, 10 months later, discussing his 2020 pandemic writing life. We cover his Weird Al essay, his NBA bubble excursion, how closely observing something makes for a wonderful writing exercise, and! we reveal our extremely obvious One Wild Trick to getting everything done in life....

Sam Anderson (Part 1/2)

Feb 3 • 01:30:16

Sam Anderson is a New York Times Magazine staff writer and the author of Boom Town, a book about the "great minor city of America" — Oklahoma City. This is part one of a two part interview. We recorded this conversation in March, 2020, just as the first lockdown of the pandemic had gone into effect....

Gray318 (Jon Gray)

Jul 8 • 01:37:17

An extended interview with Jon Gray, aka Gray318, the award winning, London based, book designer. Gray318 has designed covers for William Gibson, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, David Foster Wallace, Robin Sloan, and perhaps most famously, for Jonathan Safran Foer....

Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do

Apr 11 • 01:30:06

An interview with novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Lynne Tillman....

Jessica Hische, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Mar 9 • 50:35

In this episode we're talking with designer and letterer, Jessica Hische, author of the New York Times best-selling children's book: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave. ...

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the designing and writing of Small Fry

Jan 24 • 01:04:57

An interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs, author of the best selling memoir, Small Fry. Lisa and Craig Mod discuss the design, production, and writing of this fascinating book about family, identity, and growing up in Palo Alto as the daughter of Steve Jobs....

A walk in the woods with Craig Mod discussing his book Koya Bound

Jun 5 • 15:53

Craig Mod has been walking the historical mountains and paths of Japan for the last five years. In April of 2018 he went on a solo Kumano Kodo walk and made this recording discussing the economics and production of his 2016 book, Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo. The book was made in collaboration with Dan Rubin and was sponsored by Leica Cameras. ...

Jason Kottke and Twenty Years of

Apr 30 • 43:14 is a website. It is not an app. It is not a product. It is simply a static website, updated daily, running some rickety old blogging software....

Elena Favilli, the making of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Apr 9 • 56:12

An extended interview with Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls co-creator, Elena Favilli. ...

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