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January 01, 1990 - October 05, 2012 + Bookworm

Jim Krusoe listen Download

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Erased  (Tin House Books) In this wild and woolly conversation, Jim Krusoe reveals that his zany, unpredictable, hilarity-inspiring novels are, well, descriptions of the human condition (at least...

Anne Waldman listen Download

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Manatee /Humanity (Penguin Poets) Anne Waldman guides us through this book-length poetry-and-prose meditation on endangered species by describing an initiation ceremony designed to instill a deeper sense of...

John Wray listen Download

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Lowboy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) John Wray's novel about a schizophrenic boy's quest for sex and/or love flirts violently with the thriller form...

Wells Tower listen Download

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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Wells Tower is the most talked-about new story writer to emerge on the literary scene. This conversation focuses on...

Matthea Harvey listen Download

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Modern Life (Graywolf Press) Like dangerous toys or perilous amusement park rides, Matthea Harvey's poems careen into the unknown...

Brad Gooch listen Download

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Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor (Little, Brown)While we take a mini-tour of Flannery O'Connor's life and writing, biographer Brad Gooch describes his difficulties in gaining...

Matthew Dickman listen Download

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All-American Poem (American Poetry Review)Kate Tufts Discovery Award-winner Matthew Dickman writes emotional and accessible poetry...

Geoff Dyer listen Download

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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Pantheon) Geoff Dyer on the secrets that structure his new novel (which might, on the surface, seem like two novellas)....

Mary Gaitskill listen Download

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Don’t Cry (Pantheon)The extraordinary levels of empathy and sadness in Mary Gaitskill’s new stories provide the basis for this intense discussion of the emotional subtexts...

An Oulipo Mini-Anthology listen Download

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Jacques Roubaud, Ian Monk, Daniel Levin Becker, Marcel Bénabou, Anne F. Garréta and Hervé Le Tellier      When members of the Oulipo convened in...

Jacques Roubaud listen Download

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The Loop (Dalkey Archive) Jacques Roubaud describes the mesh of image and memory that makes up his fascinating, newly translated, unclassifiable book.

John Ashbery listen Download

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...on his translation of Pierre Martory's The Landscapist (The Sheep Meadow Press) As John Ashbery remembers his early years in Paris, he reflects on French poetry...

Gary Indiana listen Download

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The Shanghai Gesture (Two Dollar Radio) Out of fantasias of the past (Fu Manchu novels, exotic Hollywood films, documents of "friendly" imperialism from the twenties to the...

Elizabeth Alexander listen Download

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Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration (Graywolf); American Sublime (Graywolf) When Elizabeth Alexander presented Barack Obama's inaugural poem, few of us...

Yusef Komunyakaa listen Download

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Warhorses: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)The extraordinary part of this interview is the opportunity to hear Komunyakaa's voice as he reads his poetry. These poems are...