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January 01, 1990 - November 13, 2012 + Bookworm

Robert Pinsky listen Download

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The Life of David (Schocken)Robert Pinsky, a former poet-laureate, writes a biography-tribute to the Biblical King David, the poet warrior. Our conversation circles the subject...

Stanley Crawford listen Download

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Petroleum Man (Overlook) In Stanley Crawford's satire of corporate greed, a "gas-guzzling" super-magnate writes a loving description of every car he has ever owned. What is...

Robert Coover, Part 2 of 2 listen Download

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A Child Again (McSweeney's) In part two of the interview, Coover lays bare the illusions and delusions that his stories about childhood and growth are...

Robert Coover, Part 1 of 2 listen Download

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A Child Again (McSweeney's) Robert Coover, a reigning master of experimental narrative, gives a two-part interview for this, his long-anticipated first visit to Bookworm. In...

Peter Maresca and Art Spiegelman listen Download

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Little Nemo in Slumberland: Splendid Sundays 1905-1910 (Sunday Press)A celebration of the great Winsor McCay's Sunday funnies! Why? Because Nemo in Slumberland has been printed...

Mary Caponegro listen Download

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The Complexities of Intimacy (Coffee House) The very contrary Mary Caponegro doesn't write or think like anyone else. She is a complete original. In...

Richard Howard listen Download

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Inner Voices: selected poems 1963-2003; Paper Trail: selected prose 1965-2003 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Richard Howard's extraordinary urbanity and sophistication are evident as he explores his...

Salman Rushdie listen Download

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Shalimar the Clown (Random House)Although the history of Kashmir provides the backdrop of Salman Rushdie's new novel, it is a larger-than-life romance with larger-than-life characters--a...

Jane Smiley listen Download

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (Knopf) Two novel-lovers share their deep passions for reading. Jane loves the realists; Michael the Bookworm loves the inventors....

Campbell McGrath listen Download

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Pax Atomica: poems (Ecco) Campbell McGrath has figured out how to perform a wonderful trick: he writes ecstatic comic poetry about the decline of America...

Christopher Sorrentino listen Download

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Trance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Christopher Sorrentino takes the Patty Hearst saga as the springboard for an exploration of the mass hypnosis of American culture. This...

Joyce Carol Oates listen Download

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Missing Mom (Ecco) Joyce Carol Oates says this novel was written as a tribute to her mother, who died last year. Clearer, simpler, less literary than...

George Saunders: The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil listen Download

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The author of The Very Persistent Gappers of Fripp decided he'd try to write another satire-fantasy.

Colm Toibin listen Download

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The Master (Scribner) The winner of this year's Los Angeles Times award for fiction reveals the difficulties of writing about the life of Henry James...

Francine du Plessix Gray listen Download

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Them: A Memoir of Parents (The Penguin Press) After an affair with the great Russian poet Mayakovsky, Francine du Plessix Gray's mother married a...