Joy Sandwich

On Episode 66 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello again to their friend Raymond Obstfeld, author of the new Mycroft Holmes comic book series! That's right, today we're talking about the joy that is the new comic book series from Titan Comics, Mycroft Holmes, co-written by Raymond with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

In this episode, we talk about Raymond's writing of the Mycroft Holmes comic book, his love of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes, the origin story of writing the comic for Titan Comics, collaborating with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and how this Holmes story is part action-adventure, part Indiana Jones, part western, and part mystery!

Thanks to Raymond for being a guest on the show, and thank you for listening!

If you like stories, comics, and writing, please head out to your local comic book shop and pick up Mycroft Holmes today! Issues 1-3 are out now!

And as always, embrace your joy!


The subversive and hilarious Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Woody Allen's surprisingly good Cafe Society

Old Man Logan by Jeff Lemire

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman

Huck by Mark Millar

Junior Bender series by Timothy Hallinan

Groundhog Day theater production

Our friends Dawn and Leigh Anne featured in the Huffington Post for adopting a LGBTQ youth. So neat!



Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Raymond Obstfeld



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On Episode 65 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Non sits down with friend, coworker, and creative nonfiction extraordinaire, Janna Marlies Maron! Janna is the editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, which is a reader supported, quarterly literary arts magazine that publishes creative nonfiction and visual art. 

And guess what? Under the Gum Tree is celebrating its 5th anniversary! Not only is there no fee to submit your nonfiction stories this month, but there will also be an amazing simulcast/smorgasborde of creative nonfiction literary magazines on October 29 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. Learn more here!

In this episode, Janna shares her origin story with reading, creative nonfiction, telling stories without shame, and the impetus for starting this amazing literary magazine. If you dig stories, you'll adore this episode!

Thanks to Janna for being a guest on Joy Sandwich, and thank you listeners for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Janna sits front row center at a Paul McCartney concert!

Non scares two girls on his run!

Which one is more joyful? You decide! :D


Under the Gum Tree

Janna Marlies Maron

Janna on Instagram

Under the Gum Tree on Instagram

Under the Gum Tree's 5th Anniversary Simulcast

Under the Gum Tree on Facebook

Under the Gum Tree on Twitter

Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear

Out of Print Clothing, "the best place for book nerds to shop"

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Joy Sandwich: The Joy of Language with Kory Stamper

On Episode 64 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we delve into the Joy of Language with Merriam-Webster lexicographer/editor and new author Kory Stamper!

As you know, both Jessica and Non are language nerds, so it was such an honor to have Kory on the show to delight us with her knowledge of language, relaying stories about working as an editor at Merriam-Webster, her favorite swear words, and writing her new book (out in March 2017 and available for pre-order now!) Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

We discuss Kory's origin story with words, growing up speaking German, studying language at an early age, how George Orwell's 1984 got her wheels turning, falling in love with language, prescriptivism vs. descriptivism, and so much more word-nerdy goodness!

Thanks so much to Kory for being a guest on Joy Sandwich. And thanks to you for listening, joy mongers!

And as always, embrace your joy!



Kory picks up her daughter from the Adirondacks (she's a wilderness guide), spends time with family, embraces silliness and fart jokes!

Jessica reads Harbinger by Joshua Dysart!

Non is having fun with audiobooks on long hikes/runs. A recent book is called Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley!




Kory's blog: Harmless Drudgery

Pre-order Kory's book: Word by Word

One of Kory's favorite words: Gardyloo!




"I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and some got me out." - Katherine Dunn