Jesse Thorn talks to the singer/songwriter Bill Withers, of Lean on Me and Just the Two of Us fame, about making it in the music business and then retiring from performance. Plus comedy writer Joe Randazzo shares his secrets to an "unpredictable career in comedy" as outlined in his new book Funny On Purpose, and Jesse explains why his great American hero is one of the kid spellers from the 2002 documentary, Spellbound. Show notes
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Nick Hornby is the author of a number of notable books, including Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and most recently Slam. Slam concerns a teenager who impregnates his girlfriend. Oh, and also, he talks to a poster of Tony Hawk. Nick talked with us about how he struggled to find himself and his vocation as a young adult, how he relates to a teenage boy, how he discovered literature that he actually liked, and more. Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)