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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

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English

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


Episodes

Jonathan Blum: The Usual Uncertainties

1/16/2020
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Jonathan Blum wrote characters with open destinies, in stories with open endings, for his new book of short stories, The Usual Uncertainties.

Duration:00:28:28

Ben Lerner: The Topeka School

1/9/2020
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Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04 find their synthesis in The Topeka School, the third in his Hegelian trilogy.

Duration:00:28:28

André Aciman: Find Me

1/2/2020
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In André Aciman’s Find Me, strokes of luck are destiny.

Duration:00:28:29

Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck

12/20/2019
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Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.

Duration:00:28:27

Adina Hoffman on 'Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures'

12/19/2019
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Adina Hoffman’s "Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures" is about a man of multitudes.

Duration:00:28:28

Chris Ware: Rusty Brown

12/12/2019
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Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown depicts life the way it is: jam packed with details, the closer you look the ever more there is.

Duration:00:28:48

Lawrence Weschler: And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

12/5/2019
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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler is a book that can only be itself.

Duration:00:28:28

Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

11/22/2019
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From the archives, Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint on his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Alternate modes of storytelling are discussed, as are narratives without intrinsic conflict. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who doesn’t read English; it is about finding joy in innovative and creative survival.

Duration:00:28:58

Lynda Barry: Making Comics

11/21/2019
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Lynda Barry’s Making Comics is a how-to graphic novel guide for people who gave up on drawing.

Duration:00:28:28

Jeanette Winterson Frankissstein: A Love Story

11/14/2019
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Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein: A Love Story is about time travel and body travel.

Duration:00:28:58

Lynda Barry and Chris Ware: Making Comics and Rusty Brown

11/7/2019
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Lynda Barry and Chris Ware discuss the culture of comics, and their new books, Making Comics and Rusty Brown.

Duration:00:28:58

John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California

10/31/2019
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John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis discuss Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California.

Duration:00:28:59

Harold Bloom: The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

10/24/2019
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In tribute, from the archives, a conversation with Harold Bloom (1930-2019) in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. A discussion officially about the great King James translation of the Old and New Testaments. But when you talk with Harold Bloom, you talk about everything—politics, poetry, teaching, aging, reading and ultimately, respect.

Duration:00:29:12

Benjamin Moser: Sontag: Her Life and Work

10/17/2019
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Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work is interested in the writing and ideas of Susan Sontag.

Duration:00:28:58

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte (Part Two)

10/10/2019
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Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte is explored as a modern take on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, with the opera Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet a strong influence.

Duration:00:28:59

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte (Part One)

10/3/2019
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Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte depicts the pleasures of fiction.

Duration:00:28:57

Emma Donoghue: Akin

9/26/2019
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The structure of Emma Donoghue’s Akin leads the reader through one surprise after another.

Duration:00:28:58

Cathleen Schine: The Grammarians

9/19/2019
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Language-loving twin sisters discover themselves united by passion but separated by needs in The Grammarians, the eleventh book by Cathleen Schine.

Duration:00:29:15

Mary Ruefle: Dunce

9/12/2019
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Dunce, by Mary Ruefle, finds meaning everywhere.

Duration:00:29:55

Katya Apekina: The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

9/5/2019
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Katya Apekina’s novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish has a dark sense of humor, and an interest in the soul.

Duration:00:29:44