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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

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

Viet Thanh Nguyen: “The Committed”

3/4/2021
Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his new novel, “The Committed,” the follow-up to his Pulitzer-winning “The Sympathizer,” and the second entry in a planned trilogy. It brings Nguyen’s storytelling further into the philosophy of refugees, feminism, communism, anti-communism and more—the terror of both the American war in Vietnam and the French presence in Vietnam, along with the Vietnamese presence in America andFrance. This is duality enacted as a writing method; this is a union between theory...

Duration:00:29:14

Ann Beattie: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

2/25/2021
Ben’s life falls down around him, and he’s the protagonist, in A Wonderful Stroke of Luck, by master writer Ann Beattie.

Duration:00:28:57

David Duchovny: “Truly Like Lightning”

2/18/2021
David Duchovny speaks about his new novel, “Truly Like Lightning,” and its plot that matters.

Duration:00:28:31

George Saunders “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life” (Part 2)

2/11/2021
Part two of two: George Saunders speaks about his new book, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life."

Duration:00:29:32

George Saunders: “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life” (Part 1)

2/4/2021
The first in a two-parter with George Saunders discussing his new book, "A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life."

Duration:00:28:31

Rebecca Sacks: “City of a Thousand Gates”

1/28/2021
Rebecca Sacks discusses her novel, “City of a Thousand Gates,” which explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by testing its boundaries.

Duration:00:29:35

Eileen Myles: “For Now (Why I Write)”

1/21/2021
Those who read to write will want to hear Eileen Myles talk about “For Now,” which is part of the "Why I Write" series from Yale University Press.

Duration:00:29:04

Alan Felsenthal and Peter Cole discuss Harold Bloom’s “Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death”

1/14/2021
Venerated critic Harold Bloom’s final book “Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death” is discussed by the poets Alan Felsenthal and Peter Cole.

Duration:00:28:31

Susan Taubes, introduction by David Rieff: “Divorcing”

1/7/2021
David Rieff discusses “Divorcing” by Susan Taubes: the reimagined end of an autobiographical marriage.

Duration:00:29:02

Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

12/31/2020
Garth Greenwell discusses seeking human truths by writing into an abyss, and his new novel Cleanness.

Duration:00:29:50

Brit Bennett: The Vanishing Half

12/24/2020
Brit Bennett pushes questions of race and color to their extremes in her new novel, The Vanishing Half.

Duration:00:29:01

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: “The Freezer Door”

12/17/2020
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book “The Freezer Door” explores the idea of radical visions not predicated on dominant forms.

Duration:00:29:12

Jen Craig: “Panthers and the Museum of Fire”

12/10/2020
Jen Craig discusses writing “Panthers and the Museum of Fire,” a short and expansive book that feels immense, rich and complex.

Duration:00:29:16

Mary Ruefle: Dunce

12/3/2020
Dunce, by Mary Ruefle, finds meaning everywhere.

Duration:00:29:02

Douglas Stuart: “Shuggie Bain”

11/26/2020
Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” is not a book to miss.

Duration:00:29:02