Andrew Leland

Andrew Leland

Host/Producer, The Organist

Andrew Leland is the host and producer of the Organist. He’s been an editor of the Believer since 2003 and has edited books for McSweeney’s, Vintage, Chronicle and elsewhere. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, the San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB magazine, the catalog for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and elsewhere. He was an editor in residence at the Oakland Museum of California from 2011–12. He’s taught at Smith College, the University of Missouri, the Banff Centre and Transom. He currently teaches in the Journalism Department at UMass-Amherst and is a contributing editor of the Believer magazine.

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The life of a poet is rich with meaning and beauty. But the financial life of a poet is decidedly less rich.

Should we consider a universal basic income for poets?

The life of a poet is rich with meaning and beauty. But the financial life of a poet is decidedly less rich.

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We’re constantly telling ourselves stories — who we are, where we’re going, what comes next. But what happens when the story you’re telling yourself turns out not to be true?

The Narrative Line

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Touring a punk act pushes the limits of physical endurance   —   driving all day, sweating on stage, eating badly, sleeping worse.

Consider the Grackles

Touring a punk act pushes the limits of physical endurance — driving all day, sweating on stage, eating badly, sleeping worse.

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