Author & Comedian B.J. Mendelson: Comic Memoir, Life as Mall Santa, Backseat Cows, Freezer Rats-Ep.39

In this episode, we talk writing, reading and all manner of hilarious, bookish topics with author and comedian B.J. Mendelson. We delve into some of B.J.’s fascinating work surrounding social media and privacy. Kaisha demands that we bring back the urban pack donkey. B.J. chats about the challenges of self-funding in publishing as he discusses his comic book, Vengeance, Nevada. We talk about the difficulty in representing friends and loved ones in creative writing. B.J. reveals the trickiness with Amazon release procedures. We dig into reading pet peeves, especially when an author kills off all their characters, which lead us to a conversation about the importance of boredom and Kaisha watching a pot of water boil. B.J. relates his favorite reading moments and brings up the benefits of having a one-on-one author reading opportunity as well as the beauty of finding books that blow your mind.

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Books, quirks, and intrigues, oh my!

  • In a past life, B.J. was a Mall Santa. He gives us the hilarious story!
  • He recently read A Carlin Home Companion by Kelly Carlin and shares his reactions to it.
  • We chat about the creative process and B.J. gives advice on what people can do to improve theirs.
  • He tells us a bit more about his comic, Vengeance, Nevada.
  • And why nothing you do on the Internet is private
  • He also chats about his book Privacy: And How to Get It Back
  • B.J. discusses his book, Social Media is BS, and chats about having to get creative with how you promote yourself.
  • We learn about his most memorable reading experiences, both as an author reading his own work and as a reader getting lost in a book.
  • His book that he recommends every writer read: Long Story Short by Margot Leitman. Writers have to know how to write, of course, but they also need to know how to write (and present) themselves just as well.

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