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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

Description:

Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Twitter:

@kcrw

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

7/18/2019
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Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint within his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

Duration:00:29:25

David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, Ruth Greenstein: Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith

7/11/2019
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Editor/poet David Trinidad, poet Amy Gerstler, and publisher Ruth Greenstein reflect on the dynamic mind behind Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith.

Duration:00:28:58

David Trinidad: Swinging on a Star

6/27/2019
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David Trinidad’s Swinging on a Star is a two-part collection of poems that put the human in pop culture.

Duration:00:29:12

Laila Lalami: The Other Americans

6/20/2019
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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans is a polyphonic novel about social class and identity, with a revelation in every chapter.

Duration:00:28:28

Seth: Clyde Fans

6/13/2019
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A stunning graphic novel by one of the medium’s greatest creators, Seth’s Clyde Fans is about people living in a memory fog, and the strange reverie that life takes on when one grows older.

Duration:00:28:28

Ann Beattie: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

6/6/2019
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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

Dave Eggers: The Parade

5/30/2019
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The Parade, by Dave Eggers, is a book of creeping dread, where every worst thing is possible, and rational reason leads one to expect that the worst is not over.

Duration:00:28:27

Richard Powers: The Overstory

5/23/2019
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About the interdependence between humans and trees, Richard Powers found a place for the non-human in literary fiction with his new book, The Overstory.

Duration:00:28:59

Terrance Hayes: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

5/16/2019
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Seventy sonnets written in the first two hundred days of Trump's presidency, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, by Terrance Hayes, flies out of the cages of literary, cultural, and historical forms. Warning: Today's episode contains strong language that some listeners may find offensive.

Duration:00:29:51

Nafissa Thompson-Spires: Heads of the Colored People

5/9/2019
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The stories in Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, try to capture what’s human in what otherwise may only be trends.

Duration:00:29:27

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

5/2/2019
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Her fourth book, which took her six years to write, An American Marriage brought Tayari Jones to the attention of Oprah’s Book Club.

Duration:00:29:27

John Lanchester: The Wall

4/25/2019
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John Lanchester’s The Wall is a wild love story with a dystopian backdrop.

Duration:00:31:06

Nathan Englander: kaddish.com

4/18/2019
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In Nathan Englander’s kaddish.com, a secular Jewish son experiments with the task of shepherding his father’s soul safely to rest.

Duration:00:31:05

Chris Cander: The Weight of a Piano

4/11/2019
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Chris Cander’s The Weight of a Piano explores characters with passionate attachments to things that have been lost.

Duration:00:28:58

Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive

4/4/2019
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Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive tells the story of a family by combining the American road trip subgenre with the Latin American tradition of an inward journey.

Duration:00:28:58

Elizabeth McCracken: Bowlaway

3/28/2019
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Her nature oppositional, Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is a sad, funny, hilarious, and melancholic novel.

Duration:00:28:58

Yiyun Li: Where Reasons End

3/21/2019
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In Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End, a mother discovers a place where she can talk to her son who committed suicide.

Duration:00:28:58

Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy

3/14/2019
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Marlon James discusses the endlessly beautiful and brutal world of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in The Dark Star Trilogy.

Duration:00:28:58

Chloe Aridjis: Sea Monsters

3/7/2019
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Sea Monsters is a fascinatingly consistent and exquisitely shaped novel by Chloe Aridjis.

Duration:00:28:57

Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley: Permanent Green Light

2/28/2019
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Bookworm alumnus Dennis Cooper, and collaborator Zac Farley, discuss the creative impulses behind their film Permanent Green Light.

Duration:00:28:28