Rachel Kushner: The Strange Case of Rachel K03/26/15
Rachel Kushner talks about the earliest impulses that inspired her first novel Telex from Cuba. She wanted a new concept of time, she needed to find a voice to create that highly subjective and changeable thing--the past.
Claudia Rankine: The Racial Imaginary
The discussion takes up writers who write about the racial "other." Can every writer do it successfully? Are there writers who shouldn't or can't? When is it appropriate and necessary?
Claudia Rankine: Citizen, An American Lyric
In discussing Claudia Rankine's Citizen, an American Lyric, we discuss the way racism catches us all.
Joyce Carol Oates: The Sacrifice
Joyce Carol Oates shapes a novel from the Tawana Brawley scandal of the 1980's.
Peter Cole: The Invention of Influence
In Peter Cole's poetry, the Jewish mystical tradition gives rise to transmission of the spiritual vision.
Chang-rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea
The possibility of a romantic adventure novel written in the repressive language of a dictatorship like China's would be entirely heartbreaking if it weren?t so funny. It would be very funny if it weren?t so heartbreaking.
David Shields and Caleb Powell: I Think You're Totally Wrong
Can we truly understand another human being?
Alain Mabanckou: Letter to Jimmy
Letter to Jimmy is Congolese author Alain Mabanckou?s book-length letter to James Baldwin.
Richard Ford: Let Me Be Frank with You
Frank Bascombe, who's been making appearances since Ford's breakthrough novel, appears again in Richard Ford's latest novel.
Lydia Millet: Mermaids in Paradise
Lydia Millet's new novel is fast-moving and funny -- except when it isn't.
Colm Tóibín: Nora Webster
Colm Tóibín discusses his deeply personal story of a provincial Irishwoman who sets asidemotherhood to grapple with grief.
Todd Colby: Splash State
What is a Splash state? Poet Todd Colby tells us a splash state is the golden moment when his writing hits its ecstatic stride.
Hilton Als: White Girls
Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white?.
Goli Taraghi: The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons
Iranian author Goli Taraghi's recent collection translates many of her short stories of the past forty years into English for the first time.
Marilynne Robsinson: Lila
Bookworm is joined by Marilynne Robinson to discuss Lila ( Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), the latest in a series of novels set in the backdrop of the dustbowl years.
Jonathan Coe: Expo 58: A Novel
Unlike Coe?s other comedic novels, here the humor has a nostalgic feel, reminiscent of 1950s British films like Hitchcock?s The Lady Vanishes.
David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks
Mitchell?s new novel follows his protagonist from 1984-2040; he reflects on mortality in a world that doesn?t much smile upon the aging process.
Charles Burns: Sugar Skull
This is the third in a trilogy of graphic novels by Burns in which the seemingly normal happenings of his protagonist Doug's life take an unsettling Freudian turn.
Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal
Landis? novel, a series of chronological short-stories, follows the lives of three vulnerable, precocious girls as they pass through adolescence in 1970s New York.
Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Flanagan?s Booker-nominated novel, titled after a travelogue written by 17thcentury Japanese poet Basho, follows the building of the Burma-Siam Railway during WWII.
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