Kevin Birmingham: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle...08/21/14
Kevin Birmingham delves into the history of censorship surrounding the publication of James Joyce?s Ulysses for its seemingly seditious, immoral content.
Valerie Martin: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin on her fascination with the ship Mary Celeste, found floating with no crew off the coast of Spain in 1872. She says she does not believe in ghosts, but?
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?.
Richard Powers: Orfeo
Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea.
Jaime Hernandez and Junot Diaz: This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz says Jaime Hernandez's illustrations for the deluxe new edition of his acclaimed collection of stories make their collaboration "rise to the level of jazz."
Jonathan Blum: Last Word
Blum on publishing his first book, and the riddle of a moral contained in its inscrutable 13-year-old antihero, a Bartlebian computer whiz with a vengeful streak.
Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure
Shteyngart wrote his memoir when he realized that his life story mirrored that of the 20th century, the saga of one failed superpower giving way to another failing one.
Alfred Starr Hamilton: A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind
Ben Estes, Alan Felsenthal and Amanda Nadelberg read poems from Alfred Starr Hamlton's "Dreambox" and reflect on their experience editing this unsung enchanter.
Denis Scheck, German literary critic and host of 'Druckfrisch'
Esteemed German literary critic Denis Scheck joins us for a special international "meeting of the minds" to appraise the state of book criticism today.
James McCourt: Lasting City
James McCourt's novelistic memoir collages together vignettes of personal and queer community history in the New York City of mid-century.
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.
Junot Diaz: This Is How You Lose Her
Our master of seductive street-slang on seduction and its relation to fiction. Can a writer seduce you? Junot Díaz describes what he calls "the shock of representation."
Joe Sacco: The Great War: July 1, 1916
A trenchant "comic journalist" depicting the horrors of human conflicts, Joe Sacco's latest work is an astonishing panorama of the Battle of the Somme...
Erica Jong: Fear of Flying
On its 40th-anniversary, Jong clarifies "Fear of Flying's" earnest philosophical motives, and identifies her literary influences, from Shakespeare to Pauline Réage.
Will Self: Umbrella
Self?s striking novel about loss, language, and perception after the First World War -- and a bold departure from the satirical mode he is best known for.
Joan Didion: Blue Nights
After the deaths of husband and daughter, Joan Didion wrote the most personal and poetic book of her impressive career...
James Franco: Actors Anonymous
James Franco says literature was his emotional and intellectual escape valve from the alternate reality of filmmaking, performance, and celebrity.
Allan Gurganus: Local Souls
Allan Gurganus says the three novellas that comprise his new book, "Local Souls," were written as modern fables or fairy tales.
Alice McDermott: Someone
Alice McDermott once felt a fear that her new novel would be seen as just another of her perfect Irish American novels. Instead it leaps from the page.
Andre Dubus, III: Dirty Love
Four linked novellas explore the poignant interior lives of small-town characters who are usually unseen and unknown.
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