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January 01, 1990 - March 05, 2013 + Bookworm

An Isaac Babel Celebration listen Download

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The Complete Works of Isaac Babel (Norton) We inaugurate Bookworm's Book Club with a celebration of the Russian master, Isaac Babel. We'll focus on...

Jane DeLynn listen Download

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Leash (Semiotexte) As always, Jane DeLynn leaves a trail of magnificent broken taboos behind her. Here, she confesses that she can go...

Steve Martin listen Download

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Shopgirl (Hyperion) When Steve Martin brought out his first novella, Shopgirl praise from the writing community (Salman Rushdie, for example) indicated that he can be...

Susan Sontag listen Download

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On Summer in Baden Baden by Leonid Tsypkin (New Directions)Susan Sontag talks about the discovery of lost and forgotten masterpieces, in particular, this...

Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly, editors listen Download

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Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Harper Collins) Spiegelman and Mouly discuss their exciting treat for kids of all ages-the newest Little Lit,...

Allen Kurzweil listen Download

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The Grand Complication (Hyperion) A genuinely odd discussion about the consequences of scholarly book-loving. That is, a conversation about manipulation, games-playing, sexual repression and...

Mario Vargas Llosa listen Download

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The Feast of the Goat (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) In Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant novel about the Trujillo regime, the Dominican Republic stands for all tyrannized...

Allan Gurganus: The Practical Heart listen Download

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Allan Gurganus talks intimately about the people who introduced him to art and literature during his childhood.

Isabel Allende: Portrait in Sepia listen Download

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Isabel Allende on war, love, autobiography, patriarchy, feminism and sex.

Edward Said listen Download

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Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews with Edward W. Said (Pantheon); The Said Reader (Vintage) A passionate conversation about exile, literature and critical theory. Palestinian-born Edward Said...

John D'Agata listen Download

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Halls of Fame (Greywolf) The inventor of a new style of lyrical essay writing, John D'Agata talks about the classical traditions he draws upon and...

Coleman Barks listen Download

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The Soul of Rumi (Harper San Francisco) Rumi's ancient mystical poetry swings between ideals of transcendence and destruction. Coleman Barks explores the extreme polarities...

Jonathan Franzen listen Download

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The Corrections (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) When The Corrections appeared, it was immediately nominated as a candidate for The Great American Novel. Jonathan Franzen...

W. G. Sebald listen Download

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Austerlitz (Random House)What Thomas Mann was to the 1940's and Albert Camus to the 1950's probably places the German writer W. G. Sebald in...

Joan Didion listen Download

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Political Fictions (Knopf) We discover that the strategy underlying Joan Didion's essays also provides the foundation for her fiction. She rejects the human need for...