Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 34 - Rebecca Schuman

Author of “Schadenfreude: A Love Story” and columnist for,, and, Rebecca Schuman talks about how this interview came to be as well as her most recent college employment history (04:50), her post-academic employment (18:50), the story behind her new book and writing for (27:15), growing up in Oregon (36:50), traveling in Germany (41:55), working in NY publishing (44:40), getting the Ph. D. in German Studies and the job market for that field (46:40), her mom’s musical connections (01:09:45), and some Random-Ass Questions (01:11:45).

Closes with a rave on the 1964 movie “One Potato, Two Potato” (01:19:10).


Rebecca Schuman's homepage

Schadenfreude, A Love Story

Rebecca Schuman for

Rebecca Schuman for The Awl

"Thesis Hatement"

American Council of Learned Societies

The Dissertation Coach

Adjunct Teaching Pools

Kafka and Wittgenstein

Modern Language Association

Dan Kois

"Gimme Shelter" - Rolling Stones

Trainspotting Trailer

How to Murder Your Life


One Potato, Two Potato  (1964)