Thank you to those who have reached out regarding The Mookse and the Gripes on Patreon, with a special thanks to those who have pledged support (two so far, and I cannot tell you how nice that is!), or who have donated a lump sum of money (thank you!), or who have in other ways shared ideas and encouragement. For those of you who missed the announcement, The Mookse and the Gripes is now on Patreon — please look at the end of this post to see the details about Patreon, how to support the site, and what the rewards are. See The Mookse and the Gripes Patreon page by clicking here.

Now, to The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast 2.0. The first goal at Patreon is to raise $100 per month to maintain version 2.0 of the podcast. While we are only 1/10 of the way to that goal (which I still hope to reach), the Patreon support plus lump sum donations and encouragement that have come in over the last week have given enough to get the ball rolling, and I’m looking to relaunch the podcast in early 2018.

I find myself in that pleasant state of planning and dreaming before the real work begins! Just what will version 2.0 be. Version 1.0¹ was focused on NYRB Classics (and I’m sure their books will continue to come up in whatever comes next); however, I want to find something more flexible and open. In the quest to create a pleasing book-centric podcast, I’d love your feedback.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for format or content that you’d like considered. There are several great book podcasts out there already, so I’m curious what else you might want or what you’d like to get from The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast. I know people will have different opinions, but . . .

  • Do you prefer short and frequent shows (20-30 minutes a few times a month) or long and less frequent (over an hour, once or twice per month), and why?
  • Would you prefer a podcast focused solely on books, or one more generally focused on reading?
  • Any particular authors or books you’d love to hear a podcast about?
  • Is there any approach you would like me to avoid?
  • All of the above? None of the above?

This is very much in the all-ideas-are-valid-and-welcome stage. I have some ideas of my own that I’ll share in future updates as this gets a bit more shape. For now, please feel free to comment below, message me on Twitter (@mookse), or send me an email at Your input will be welcome and most appreciated!

¹Currently the episodes from 1.0 are not available, but I will be re-uploading them when the hosting service is re-engaged.

What is Patreon?

I announced last week (here) that I put The Mookse and the Gripes on Patreon, a place where anyone can go and sign up to make a monthly contribution to The Mookse and the Gripes. You can sign up for as little as $1 per month (and every little bit helps!), and you can stop your patronage at any time. Depending on how much you give, you may also be eligible for one of the rewards (books, chocolate, bookish treats, etc.).

And, by the way, if you look at the rewards and you think, hmm, I would love to support The Mookse and the Gripes but none of this tickles my fancy, just let me know. All of this is new, and I’m happy to try to run things differently to make this a pleasant experience.

I also love your encouragement and comments here and everywhere!

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