By KCRW, Michael Silverblatt
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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
||CleanYiyun Li: Where Reasons End||In Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End, a mother discovers a place where she can talk to her son who committed suicide.||3/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy||Marlon James discusses the endlessly beautiful and brutal world of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in The Dark Star Trilogy.||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChloe Aridjis: Sea Monsters||Sea Monsters is a fascinatingly consistent and exquisitely shaped novel by Chloe Aridjis.||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDennis Cooper and Zac Farley: Permanent Green Light||Bookworm alumnus Dennis Cooper, and collaborator Zac Farley, discuss the creative impulses behind their film Permanent Green Light.||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Lipsyte: Hark||A novel that presents ambiguity as a constant feature of modern life, Hark is a book full of tensions, written with Sam Lipsyte’s fine grain strangeness, and absent of easy answers.||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmanda Sthers: Holy Lands||A writer of ten novels in French, Holy Lands is the first novel by Amanda Sthers to appear in English, translated by herself.||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTosh Berman: Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World||Tosh Berman’s memoir, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World , is a depiction of culture brought into Los Angeles from the rest of the world: reinvented to be here.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMary Ruefle: My Private Property||Mary Ruefle reads the entirety of her glorious and gruesome essay about shrunken heads, the title essay in her book My Private Property.||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams||The original and indescribable writing of Diane Williams is showcased in over three hundred dazzling new and previously published shorts fictions from six releases, The Collected Stories of Diane Williams.||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories||Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Wray: Godsend||John Wray discusses writing about the extremes of subjectivity, and breaking the reader of expectations in his new novel, Godsend.||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Jackson: Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel||Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel comes at the same story from radically different angles that echo and rewrite each other.||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdward M. Burns and Jim Gauer: Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner||A voluminous correspondence of an intellectual friendship between two literary geniuses, Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner, edited by Edward M. Burns.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatharine Weber: Still Life with Monkey||Dramatic, emotional, and philosophical, Katherine Weber’s, Still Life with Monkey, is a profound book written in the old style, with depths orchestrated by the author.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbara Kingsolver: Unsheltered||In Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered, char acters feel as if they did what was right in life, but get a bad deal at the end of their lives.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeland de la Durantaye: Hannah Versus the Tree||Mythical and lyrical, written in love, Leland de la Durantaye’s debut novel Hannah Versus the Tree is original work that speaks to our moment.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Phillips: Impossible Owls||The restless imagination of Brian Phillips brings lyrical essays to a narrative border in his debut book, Impossible Owls.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEileen Myles: Evolution||Evolution is a collection of all-new material by Eileen Myles, whose inspired poetry is a form of communication.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Fountain: Beautiful Country Burn Again||Ben Fountain writes with equal opportunity vexation, trying to make sense of what we’re doing in our lives, in his new book Beautiful Country Burn Again.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSusan Orlean: The Library Book||Susan Orlean’s The Library Book is about the cultural institution of libraries, with each chapter a source of its own excitement.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTommy Orange: There There||Beauty and despair woven into their history, twelve multigenerational urban Native Americans find ways to live in Tommy Orange’s There There.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGary Shteyngart: Lake Success||Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success is about a hedge-fund manager billionaire who has lost track of what he once cared about and loved.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrick deWitt: French Exit||French Exit by Patrick deWitt, a vastly amusing novel about a spider woman.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdward St. Aubyn: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels||Edward St. Aubyn’s Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, and At Last: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels, recently adapted into a five-episode limited series on Showtime.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoshua Cohen and Samuel Nicholson: ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction||Samuel Nicholson edited three of Joshua Cohen’s books at Random House, including his recent collection of nonfiction, ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A few weeks ago, I finished reading Susan Orlean’s The Library Book, so surveying the episodes of KCRW “Bookworm,” I was eager to hear what Orlean had to say about the process and content of her great read. I came away wanting more from Orlean, which means more interview method from Silverblatt and less of his talk about the book. At one point, Silverblatt cut Orlean off mid-sentence in order to offer his own ideas? The topic was feminism in the world of librarians —surely Orlean had important things to say.
An interviewer is most effective using a voice and manner that does not interrupt the presence of the one interviewed, or the listener. The cadence of Silverblatt's voice made me impatient instead of at ease.
Silverblatt is the most insightful reader alive
Michael is so on-point, so generous with his guests - he's the perfect reader and he's turned me onto some of my absolute favorite writers and given insight into their work.
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