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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Episode Date
Michael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part I)

Michael Ondaatje fully embraces the fun of storytelling in this miracle of a novel, Warlight.

Jun 14, 2018
Mary Gaitskill: Somebody with a Little Hammer

Mary Gaitskill’s collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, explores prismatic perspectives on rich topics, including literature.

Jun 07, 2018
Linda Spalding: A Reckoning

Linda Spalding’s novel, A Reckoning, based on her family history, describes past nightmares that trickle into today.

May 31, 2018
Shauna Barbosa: Cape Verdean Blues

The poetry of Cape Verdean Blues is organic, melancholic, and gorgeous. Shauna Barbosa starts with feeling, shines with honesty, and questions everything.

May 24, 2018
Joyce Carol Oates: A Book of American Martyrs

Joyce Carol Oates discusses A Book of American Martyrs, a novel about what women are going to make of the American dream.

May 17, 2018
Leslie Jamison: The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a book about the nightmare of feeling not enough, Jamison travels all 360 degrees of wanting to be the best and the worst, and has a great struggle to live in the middle ground.

May 10, 2018
Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner discusses The Mars Room, a novel set in a women’s correctional facility, a dazzling novel full of surprising details that can’t be forgotten.

May 03, 2018
Carol Muske-Dukes: Blue Rose

Carol Muske-Dukes discusses her book, Blue Rose. The poetry is written at the highest level but it’s about daily life: poetry as life story.

Apr 26, 2018
Christine Schutt: Pure Hollywood

Christine Schutt says her writing takes place in a danger zone. In Pure Hollywood, one novella and ten stories, she writes beyond weird, at a level that both frightens and empowers.

Apr 19, 2018
Junot Diaz: Islandborn

Devastatingly beautiful, soulful, a fulfillment of a promise to his goddaughter, Junot Diaz’s Islandborn offers a new map into children’s books.

Apr 12, 2018
Lynne Tillman: Men and Apparitions

A novel trapped in the mind of a very unusual man. Lynne Tillman writes with wit that makes the reader dance.

Apr 05, 2018
Sean Penn: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

A transcendent apocalyptic satire, an outrageous improvisation of a book, embedded with the rhythms of American prose, Sean Penn discusses his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

Mar 29, 2018
Roberta Allen: The Princess of Herself

Roberta Allen says every truth can work as fiction. She discusses writing into the essence of a story. The Princess of Herself is interconnected stories of familiar but monstrous people not normally written about.

Mar 22, 2018
Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch: The Complete Stories of Peter Taylor

Two brilliant writers talk about a brilliant writer: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss the haunted dreamscapes of the short fiction of Peter Taylor.

Mar 15, 2018
Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha

For The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers writes the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali bridging the country of his ancestors with the country where he lives. This is a conversation about the fate of immigrant life in America.

Mar 08, 2018
André Aciman: Call Me by Your Name / Enigma Variations

André Aciman takes the intensity, complexity, and variety of his Call Me by Your Name still further in his new novel, Enigma Variations.

Mar 01, 2018
Scott McClanahan: The Sarah Book / Crapalachia: A Biography of Place

Scott McClanahan discusses two of his close-to- the-bone and personal novels: The Sarah Book and Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.

Feb 22, 2018
Víctor Terán and David Shook: Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry

Víctor Terán and David Shook discuss the music of Isthmus Zapotec and poetry translated for Like A New Sun.

Feb 15, 2018
Matthew McIntosh: theMystery.doc

Matthew McIntosh’s theMystery.doc asks a reader to consider what a book is, while exploring how a book can be like life.

Feb 08, 2018
Jane Gillette: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories

Jane Gillette describes the wicked writing of her first book, The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories.

Feb 01, 2018
Ursula LeGuin
Revisiting Ursula LeGuin, the immensely popular author who changed science fiction and fantasy for millions of readers. She died this month at the age of 88.
Jan 25, 2018
Isabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter

Storytelling queen Isabel Allende wrote a time-crossing, culture-hopping chamber piece that gives faces to immigration during these dark times for literature, In the Midst of Winter.

Jan 18, 2018
Chris Kraus: After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography

In her stunning After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, Chris Kraus wrote not of theory but of writing, creativity, and the depth a writer has to go to form an identity.

Jan 11, 2018
Joe Hagan: Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

In Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, Joe Hagan explores the countercultural rise of the late-60s rock and roll teen society.

Jan 04, 2018
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé

Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.

Dec 28, 2017