Edward St. Aubyn: Lost For Words07/21/14
St. Aubyn?s novel parodies the upsurge of interest in literary prizes: what do these prizes have to do with literature, and are the books that win ones we should read?
Francine Prose: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Prose?s protagonist, Lou Villars, is based on the athlete and Gestapo interrogator Violette Morris, who was photographed with her lover in a Parisian nightclub in 1932.
Alice Notley: Negativity's Kiss
The heroine of Alice Notley's noir epic poem is named Ines. This is short for "inessential," which is what Notley says the poet is, and, really, what we all are.
Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle (Part II)
Knausgaard?s third volume focuses on childhood. He says what he knows of people he knows from books. He continues in this tradition of telling with the written word.
Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle (Part I)
Reflecting on his autobiographical novels, Knausgaard says literature should be about life; in writing, he attempts to find meaning within the banality of the everyday.
Michael Carroll: Little Reef, and Edmund White: Inside a Pearl
An exciting first for Bookworm, recently married literary-couple Michael Carroll and Edmund White join us for a double-interview.
László Krasznahorkai: Seiobo There Below
Do we have a need for a connection with heaven and hell? Krasznahorkai's novel is a valuation of human life seen from heaven and hell through the eyes of a Taoist goddess.
Lydia Davis: Can't and Won't
Lydia Davis' observations are crystallized on the page in a way that departs from conversational speech. We discuss the relationship between conversation and written word.
Sjon: The Whispering Muse
Sjón places classic epics side-by-side with Icelandic sagas of past centuries. We discuss how literature comes from literature and one story gives birth to the next.
Mona Simpson: Casebook
We are never prepared to discover our parents are fallible; Simpson's protagonist investigates his parents' lives but most of what he uncovers he doesn't wish to know.
Jeff VanderMeer: Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
VanderMeer's trilogy chronicles expeditions orchestrated by a government agency called the Southern Reach into a dangerous landscape where reality and unreality blur.
Jeff Jackson: Mira Corpora
For Jeff Jackson, starting a novel is an invocation. There's an idea that telling our stories is cathartic but sometimes what you've really done is turn up the volume.
Emma Donoghue: Frog Music
Emma Donoghue found the San Francisco she uncovered while researching for her novel far more modern than the Dublin she grew up in a century later.
Lorrie Moore: Bark
Lorrie Moore's darkly humorous stories follow middle-aged men and women in states of lonely desperation trapped by the absurdities of their everyday lives.
Dustin Long: Bad Teeth
Dustin Long speaks of the disappointment his generation has grown to expect at having prepared for a life that isn't there.
Michelle Huneven: Off Course
Love can become a false Eden. Michelle Huneven's protagonist retreats to the Sierras to write her dissertation but upon accepting a lover begins to dwell in their affair.
John Banville (Benjamin Black): Black-Eyed Blonde
Irish author John Banville has written a new novel under his crime-fiction pseudonym, Benjamin Black, and in the guise of Raymond Chandler.
Yiyun Li: Kinder than Solitude
Originally from Beijing, Yiyun Li thought she would be a scientist. Writing in her non-native English, she addresses the emotional brutality of our time.
T.C. Boyle: Stories II
T.C. Boyle's latest book demonstrates the breadth of his years as a story-teller. Now in his 60's he is turning towards the uncertainties of age and our planet's destiny.
Warren Lehrer: A Life in Books
Warren Lehrer's interest in the look and shape of books has led him to become "an illuminated novelist." We discuss the future of books, authorship and print itself.
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