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Episode 495 – Ruth Scurr

With her wonderful new biography, (Liveright Books), offers up a new approach to Napoleon and our shifting understanding of the natural world. We get into the image of Napoleon as gardener and how she marked his history through gardens, how her…

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Episode 494 – Brian Doherty

Author joins the show to celebrate his fantastic & important new book, (Abrams). We get into the history of underground comix, the twin poles of R. Crumb & Art Spiegelman, the long-lasting influence of the undergrounds on American (and…

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Episode 493 – Joe Ciardiello

It’s our first live episode since The Before Time! The great illustrator rejoins the show for a conversation at ArtYard in Frenchtown, NJ! We talk about ArtYard’s from (Fantagraphics), the conversation with his grandfather that led to that book,…

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Episode 492 – Howard Chaykin

Legendary comics creator rejoins the show to celebrate the conclusion of his Time2 opus, soon to be released in (Image Comics)! We talk about revisiting Time2 after a three-decade hiatus, his original intention for that world, the thrill &…

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Episode 491 – Andrew Jamieson

Psychotherapist joins the show to talk about his new book, (Notting Hill Editions/NYRB). We get into the history of midlife crises and the flowering that can result from that experience (while delving into our own respective midlife crises, as well…

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Episode 490 – Alexandra Lange

With her fantastic new book, (Bloomsbury USA), architecture critic explores a subject near and dear to my NJ-native heart: The Mall! We talk about the evolving role of malls in modern America, the various snobberies that look down on malls and how…

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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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