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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Twitter:

@kcrw

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Yaa Gyasi: “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing” (Part One)

7/22/2021
Part one of two in which Yaa Gyasi discusses the myriad complexities of her novels “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing.”

Duration:00:28:59

Jack Skelley: “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson”

7/15/2021
Jack Skelley speaks about his new book, “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson,” and the bad Beach Boy’s intersection with a serial killer.

Duration:00:28:31

Emily Skillings and John Yau: John Ashbery’s “Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works”

7/8/2021
Editor/poet Emily Skillings and poet/critic John Yau speak about an iconic poet of the 21st century, John Ashbery, and his posthumous book, “Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works.”

Duration:00:28:31

Amy Gerstler: “Index of Women”

7/1/2021
Amy Gerstler's new book of poetry, “Index of Women,” is the product of a heart the world broke.

Duration:00:28:31

Joshua Cohen: 'The Netanyahus'

6/24/2021
Joshua Cohen speaks about “The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor And Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family,” his new book that’s funny and tragic at the same time.

Duration:00:29:27

Joan Silber: 'Secrets of Happiness'

6/17/2021
Joan Silber writes about life's strange surprises in her new book, “Secrets of Happiness."

Duration:00:29:02

Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman: “Street Cop”

6/10/2021
Not a comicbook, but literally illustrated text, “Street Cop,” written by Robert Coover and inhabited by Art Spiegelman.

Duration:00:29:30

Edward St. Aubyn: 'Double Blind'

6/3/2021
Edward St. Aubyn discusses his new book, “Double Blind,” and writing about the problems with consciousness that have long fascinated his consciousness.

Duration:00:29:29

Domenico Ingenito: 'Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry'

5/27/2021
Domenico Ingenito speaks about his book, “Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry.”

Duration:00:28:46

Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret

5/20/2021
Biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write “Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.”

Duration:00:28:52

Sandi Tan: 'Lurkers'

5/13/2021
Sandi Tan speaks about writing “Lurkers” with a gut feeling, and following an emotional momentum.

Duration:00:29:46

Rachel Cusk: “Second Place”

5/6/2021
Rachel Cusk’s “Second Place” wants to render the sensations and apprehensions of living that are pretty much beyond language.

Duration:00:28:31

George Toles: 'Status Update'

4/29/2021
“Status Update,” the mini-narratives of George Toles, accompanied by magnificent art responses from Cliff Eyland.

Duration:00:29:28

Rachel Kushner: “The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020”

4/22/2021
Rachel Kushner’s “The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020” is a career-spanning collection of nineteen essays.

Duration:00:28:31

Wayne Koestenbaum: “The Cheerful Scapegoat”

4/15/2021
Wayne Koestenbaum’s first book of short fiction, “The Cheerful Scapegoat,” is a spectacularly odd and original collection of whimsical, surreal, baroque, ribald, and heartbreaking fables.

Duration:00:29:30

Kazuo Ishiguro: “Klara and the Sun”

4/8/2021
Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun” is a novel focused on a small group of people in a robot future.

Duration:00:28:31

A Kazuo Ishiguro Retrospective

4/1/2021
A retrospective of Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel laureate in literature.

Duration:00:28:31

Robert Jones, Jr.: “The Prophets”

3/25/2021
The debut novel of Robert Jones, Jr., “The Prophets,” is lyrical prose about the dimensionality and interiority of people.

Duration:00:28:31

Carol Edgarian: “Vera”

3/18/2021
Carol Edgarian’s “Vera” is the story of a strong, capable, and independent girl whose voice is the voice of the book.

Duration:00:28:31

A Tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti: “Time of Useful Consciousness”

3/11/2021
A tribute to the co-founder of the highly influential independent bookstore and publisher City Lights, renowned poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Duration:00:28:31