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By Jesse Pearson
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Brontez Purnell
On this episode of the Apology podcast the writer, dancer, filmmaker (and more) Brontez Purnell talks with Apology’s Jesse Pearson about writing his excellent new novel 100 Boyfriends, Maya Deren as the secret progenitor of TikTok, LA queer punk legend Sean deLear, and Sylvia Plath’s science fiction… and all that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
February 3, 2021
David Pajo
On this episode of the Apology podcast the musician David Pajo (Papa M, Slint, lots more) talks with Apology's Jesse Pearson about the eastern spirituality of his punk-rock youth, his recent interest in the stoic philosopher Seneca, and his perseverance through some very trying times.
December 31, 2020
Stephen Malkmus
Here we have Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, the Jicks, and Stephen Malkmus talking with Apology's Jesse Pearson about things like reading in the bath, '90s New York scum rock, and the time he met Denis Johnson in Den Haag at 5 AM.
November 3, 2020
Johnny Ryan
On this episode, the comics artist and writer Johnny Ryan joins Apology-making-man Jesse Pearson to talk about things like Sigmund Freud, Ingmar Bergman, his favorite children's books, and the Night Stalker. It's two hours long and Johnny's mic keeps making this annoying crackling noise, but that's a small price to pay to listen to two nerds mumble about H.P. Lovecraft!
October 19, 2020
Eileen Myles
On this episode, the poet Eileen Myles speaks with Apology editor Jesse Pearson about magical fiction, pathetic literature, and their dog Honey's wild adventures.
August 15, 2020
On this episode of the Apology podcast, you'll hear the rapper Despot talk with Apology person Jesse Pearson about his Queens youth, lots of mystical and magical sci-fi books, backpack rap, DMT, general doom 'n gloom, and a lot more.
July 15, 2020
Jerry Hsu
On this episode we have the skater, artist, and apparel designer Jerry Hsu talking with Apology person Jesse Pearson about being the child of Taiwanese immigrants, getting popsicled by his board, his artistic process — and also about some books.
May 16, 2020
Jamieson Webster
On this episode Apology's Jesse Pearson talks with the psychoanalyst, writer, and teacher Jamieson Webster. Topics include life during Covid-19, anxiety, depression, Freud, Lacan, incest, and more. Please note that this episode includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse.
April 19, 2020
Ian Svenonius
The musician and writer Ian Svenonius joins Apology, aka Jesse Pearson, to talk about the death of reading, time travel, and why writers should be imprisoned. Also a lot of other things are said. Show notes at
April 5, 2020
Lesley Arfin
This time around, the screenwriter and artist Lesley Arfin sits down with Apology guy Jesse Pearson to cover topics such as dystopian sci-fi, her path to professional writing, and our two-person cult of Donna Tartt. Show notes at
March 21, 2020
Sam McPheeters
On this episode, the writer and former punk singer Sam McPheeters talks with Apology founder and editor Jesse Pearson about hardcore, Toni Morrison, Victorian-age explorers, George Washington, his hatred of poetry, and lots more including, of course, the Cro-Mags.
March 11, 2020
Elaine Kahn
Elaine Kahn is a poet and teacher who has just released a new collection entitled Romance or the End. On this episode, Elaine talks with Apology editor and founder Jesse Pearson about her concept of "peripheral consciousness;" how teaching poetry has informed her relationship with language; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and more. Plus, bonus, she reads a couple poems.
February 6, 2020
Hamilton Morris
On this episode, the writer, chemist, and documentarian Hamilton Morris talks with Apology founder and editor Jesse Pearson about the three P's: peyote, Pynchon, and Philip K. Dick.
December 21, 2019
Brooks Headley
As a chef, Brooks Headley has won a James Beard Award, opened his own groundbreaking restaurant Superiority Burger, and authored two essential cookbooks. As a drummer, Brooks has played in some of the most influential hardcore and punk bands of the '90s and '00s—Born Against and Universal of Armageddon chief among them. As a reader Brooks is omnivorous, but a youthful love of Shakespeare is a tentpole in his bibliophilic development. 
November 30, 2019
Will Oldham
On this episode the musician, writer, actor, husband, father, brother, son, and friend Will Oldham talks with Apology editor Jesse Pearson about a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) the pleasures of libraries, some of his favorite literature when he was a kid, and his unique opinions on poetry.
November 23, 2019
Matt Sweeney
Musician and voracious reader Matt Sweeney talks with Apology editor Jesse Pearson about everything from Comanches to his medievalist father to Joseph Mitchell.
November 5, 2019