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January 01, 1990 - January 07, 2013 + Bookworm
Our master of seductive street-slang on seduction and its relation to fiction. Can a writer seduce you? Junot Díaz describes what he calls "the shock...
In his new novel, how did Michael Chabon dare to speak for black characters and black neighborhoods? Is this novel audacious and usurping? His answers...
The prolific young writer talks about his new book, as well as Internet culture, language and fiction.
Neal Stephenson, a sort of contemporary Dickens (from Seattle,) talks about essays and other writing; science fiction and mainstream literature.
Mary Ruefle brings refreshment and beauty to basic instincts and, in the process, creating mystery, surprise and, well, yes, poetry.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 93-year-old renowned Beat generation poet and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers, on his latest adventure, a dire warning for America.
Academy Award-winner John Irving returns with a compelling novel, a tormented portrait of desire and secrecy.
Neo-feminist Sheila Heti on her novel and journal, a how-to book and a philosophical treatise. Heti wants to undo coherence and, in many ways, she...
Walter on his much acclaimed new work, a completely pleasurable summer read -- and not your typical Hollywood novel.
Bookworm Michael Silverblatt and co-interviewer Jim Krusoe talk with the Hungarian author and screenwriter about modernist novels and filmmaker Bela Tarr.
Jim Krusoe talks about his new novel, where a sacred fool searches for his own private holy grail and perhaps saves the world from destruction.
Victoria Nelson writes about the rise of the supernatural into mainstream popular culture. Vampires and werewolves, no longer monsters, have become heroes.
A middle-aged, American salesman experiences the challenges of the post-industrial economy. He travels to Saudi Arabia, hoping to sell Internet technology to its King.
The second of a two-part conversation with Richard Ford about his writing style and the themes of his robust, new novel.
The first of a two-part conversation about Richard Ford's seventh novel, the powerful story of a teenager, a bank robbery and life’s contradictory experiences.