Posted by: Joelle Jameson | August 23, 2011

Paging Through Waltham: Jon Papernick

Another two months, another show! This one is fiction-heavy, with a little bit of poetry sprinkled in. My guest is Jonathan Papernick (@jonpapernick on Twitter), author of the short story collections There Is No Other and The Ascent of Eli Israel, and also the novel Who By Fire, Who By Blood. He currently lives in Waltham, Massachusetts with his family and teaches at various writing institutions, including Emerson College. I traveled to the lovely Waltham Public Library to talk about writing and hear some of his work.

Jon Papernick in a highly functional Waltham Library study room

Afterwards, Jon pointed me in the direction of Back Pages Books on the main drag in Waltham, Moody Street, and recommended I check out Franz Wright’s latest book, Kore. Back Pages Books is also a publisher, and are printing the Pulitzer Prize winner’s book as a limited 500-copy run. I’m glad I could get my hands on a copy, and two of the poems from the book are on today’s show.

Three clicks to listen:

1: Go to
2: Click the small man wearing headphones (he’s under the picture gallery)
3: Click the first option on the playlist; the show will play directly from the site.

Don’t forget to email your thoughts, comments and suggestions to! Thanks for listening!

Short Stories by Jonathan Papernick

From “There Is No Other” (There Is No Other)

“Skin for Skin” (There Is No Other)

From “For as Long as the Lamp Is Burning” (The Ascent of Eli Israel)

Poems by Franz Wright from Kore

“Rain In Waltham”

“Systematic Derangement of the Senses”


“Overdue” by Muse

“Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison

“Die and Be Free” by Mr. Sister

“Mother Killer” by Mr. Sister

“Uncertain Times” by The Raveonettes

“Walk Into the Sea” by Low

“Lately” by Deuxieme

Transition Songs

“Positively Inclined” by Wax Tailor

“Have You Got It In You?” by Imogen Heap


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