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Episode 489 – Ira Nadel

Professor & biographer joins the show to talk about (Oxford University Press). We get into Ira’s approach to literary biography, his history with Roth’s books, and what it was like publishing the other major Roth bio of 2021 (and whether…

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Episode 488 – Andreas Kilcher and Judith Butler

To celebrate the publication of the groundbreaking book,  (Yale University Press), contributors & join the show for a wide-ranging conversation about Kafka’s art & how it intersects — and diverges from — his writing. We get into…

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Episode 487 – Alvin Eng

Playwright, performer and acoustic punk raconteur joins the show to celebrate his new memoir, (Fordham University Press). We get into his Chinese-American upbringing in the 1960s/70s, his evolution into musical theater and the education of ’70s rock…

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Episode 486 – Charlie Porter

Fashion critic, journalist and author joins the show to celebrate the US publication of (WW Norton). We talk about the Agnes Martin photo that inspired the book, the ways we look at artists’ clothes and what they say about our notions of art,…

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Episode 485 – Kathe Koja

rejoins the show to celebrate the launch of her new project, (Meerkat Press)! We talk about how Dark Factory combines with to create a new world, and how — no matter what the innovation — it all begins with character. We get into her history of…

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Episode 484 – Julie Phillips

Author & biographer joins the show to celebrate her amazing new book, (WW Norton). We get into the tensions of being a mother & having a life in the arts, the definitions of motherhood and how women’s roles changed in the 20th century (and…

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Episode 483 – Celia Paul

Painter Celia Paul rejoins the show for the US debut of her new book, (NYRB). We talk about how Celia found herself through corresponding with the late artist (d. 1938), the parallels between her life and Gwen’s, especially their respective…

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Episode 482 – John Crowley

Legendary author John Crowley rejoins the show to celebrate his new novel, (Tor Books), as well as his just-before-the-pandemic collections, and . We get into the career-long gestation of this novel, the role of Hugh O’Neill in the English-Irish…

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Episode 481 – Anneli Furmark

Swedish cartoonist (okay: serietecknare) joins the show to celebrate the publication of her wonderful graphic novel (Drawn & Quarterly, tr. Hanna Strömberg). We get into her evolution as a cartoonist, how she copes with winter in northern…

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Episode 480 – Nicholas Delbanco

Author & MFA teacher rejoins the show to celebrate (Yale University Press). We get into the notion of literary greatness, the immense craft and revision involved in good writing, the pride of seeing his students achieve lofty heights, and the…

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Episode 479 – Sebastian Smee

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic joins the show to talk about his career and the notions of artistic rivalry, influence and love, and how they came together in his 2017 book, . We get into how he got his start in art criticism in Australia, his love…

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Episode 478 – Rebecca Mead

joins the show to celebrate her amazing new memoir, (Knopf)! We talk about the adventure of making a midlife leap — her departure from NYC after 30 years & her return to England —, the ways this memoir differs from , the moment she truly felt…

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