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My Chat With Substack CEO Chris Best, and other podcast appearances

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After Manifest 2024, I had the opportunity to visit Substack HQ to talk with Chris Best, whose work I’ve admired for a long while. It was a huge honor to chat with him. Our conversation has a few audio/video glitches since the podcast is typically remote, but I’m grateful he released it despite the glitches, since we cover a lot of ground I’m passionate about. While it works best as an overview of my work and history for those who don’t know me, I think even longtime readers will find plenty to enjoy.

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I usually don’t mention each appearance on someone’s podcast as a separate post here, but since this is my first video appearance and my first in-person podcast interview, it seems appropriate. I have a blanket policy of accepting more-or-less all podcast invitations and am happy to speak with whoever thinks we have something worthwhile to discuss. At some point I may need to triage a bit more, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Particularly because I am something of a perfectionist when it comes to my essays, I appreciate chances to have conversations in part because it lets me explore a lot of ideas that I haven’t had an opportunity to nail down in a fully fleshed out essay, and in part because I find a lot of value in chatting with people on their own terms, in their own spaces. I welcome substantive criticism of what I discuss with people, but if you’re ever wondering why I would speak with someone (particularly someone who has attracted controversy at some point), the answer is “They asked if I wanted to chat.” More on that here.

It occurs to me that podcasts aren’t by default terribly discoverable when you’re not in their audience, so here are a few other podcasts I’ve appeared on recently, alongside some older ones my readers may have missed:

I have a few more upcoming appearances scheduled, so keep an eye out! I’ll probably include future episodes in links roundups along with my essays from elsewhere.

As ever, thanks for reading.

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