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January 01, 1990 - February 01, 2013 + Bookworm

Martin Amis: Lionel Asbo listen Download

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British novelist Martin Amis discusses how a writer makes a good character endearing when readers want to root for the villain in his new work.

Susanna Moore: The Life of Objects listen Download

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Susanna Moore is interested in the things her characters don’t know. Her new novel is a story of innocence and dread.

Lawrence Norfolk: John Saturnall's Feast listen Download

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British writer, Lawrence Norfolk on his new novel of historical fiction and how his desire to write about love and need relates to his epicurean...

Robert Hass: What Light Can Do listen Download

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Former US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass explores certain obsessions in his first collection of essays.

Michael Chabon: Telegraph Avenue listen Download

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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...

Joshua Cohen: Four New Messages listen Download

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The prolific young writer talks about his new book, as well as Internet culture, language and fiction.

Neal Stephenson: Some Remarks listen Download

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Neal Stephenson, a sort of contemporary Dickens (from Seattle,) talks about essays and other writing; science fiction and mainstream literature.

Mary Ruefle: Madness, Rack, and Honey listen Download

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Mary Ruefle brings refreshment and beauty to basic instincts and, in the process, creating mystery, surprise and, well, yes, poetry.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Time of Useful Consciousness listen Download

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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.

John Irving: In One Person listen Download

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Academy Award-winner John Irving returns with a compelling novel, a tormented portrait of desire and secrecy.

Sheila Heti: How Should a Person Be? listen Download

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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...

Jess Walter: Beautiful Ruins listen Download

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Walter on his much acclaimed new work, a completely pleasurable summer read -- and not your typical Hollywood novel.

Laszlo Krasznahorkai: Satantango listen Download

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Bookworm Michael Silverblatt and co-interviewer Jim Krusoe talk with the Hungarian author and screenwriter about modernist novels and filmmaker Bela Tarr.

Jim Krusoe: Parsifal listen Download

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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: Gothicka listen Download

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Victoria Nelson writes about the rise of the supernatural into mainstream popular culture. Vampires and werewolves, no longer monsters, have become heroes.