By KCRW, Michael Silverblatt
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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
||CleanMichael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part I)||Michael Ondaatje fully embraces the fun of storytelling in this miracle of a novel, Warlight.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMary Gaitskill: Somebody with a Little Hammer||Mary Gaitskill’s collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, explores prismatic perspectives on rich topics, including literature.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLinda Spalding: A Reckoning||Linda Spalding’s novel, A Reckoning, based on her family history, describes past nightmares that trickle into today.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShauna Barbosa: Cape Verdean Blues||The poetry of Cape Verdean Blues is organic, melancholic, and gorgeous. Shauna Barbosa starts with feeling, shines with honesty, and questions everything.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoyce Carol Oates: A Book of American Martyrs||Joyce Carol Oates discusses A Book of American Martyrs, a novel about what women are going to make of the American dream.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeslie Jamison: The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath||Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a book about the nightmare of feeling not enough, Jamison travels all 360 degrees of wanting to be the best and the worst, and has a great struggle to live in the middle ground.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachel Kushner: The Mars Room||Rachel Kushner discusses The Mars Room, a novel set in a women’s correctional facility, a dazzling novel full of surprising details that can’t be forgotten.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarol Muske-Dukes: Blue Rose||Carol Muske-Dukes discusses her book, Blue Rose. The poetry is written at the highest level but it’s about daily life: poetry as life story.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristine Schutt: Pure Hollywood||Christine Schutt says her writing takes place in a danger zone. In Pure Hollywood, one novella and ten stories, she writes beyond weird, at a level that both frightens and empowers.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJunot Diaz: Islandborn||Devastatingly beautiful, soulful, a fulfillment of a promise to his goddaughter, Junot Diaz’s Islandborn offers a new map into children’s books.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLynne Tillman: Men and Apparitions||A novel trapped in the mind of a very unusual man. Lynne Tillman writes with wit that makes the reader dance.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSean Penn: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff||A transcendent apocalyptic satire, an outrageous improvisation of a book, embedded with the rhythms of American prose, Sean Penn discusses his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoberta Allen: The Princess of Herself||Roberta Allen says every truth can work as fiction. She discusses writing into the essence of a story. The Princess of Herself is interconnected stories of familiar but monstrous people not normally written about.||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnn Beattie and Richard Bausch: The Complete Stories of Peter Taylor||Two brilliant writers talk about a brilliant writer: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss the haunted dreamscapes of the short fiction of Peter Taylor.||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMokhtar Alkhanshali and Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha||For The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers writes the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali bridging the country of his ancestors with the country where he lives. This is a conversation about the fate of immigrant life in America.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndré Aciman: Call Me by Your Name / Enigma Variations||André Aciman takes the intensity, complexity, and variety of his Call Me by Your Name still further in his new novel, Enigma Variations.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott McClanahan: The Sarah Book / Crapalachia: A Biography of Place||Scott McClanahan discusses two of his close-to- the-bone and personal novels: The Sarah Book and Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVíctor Terán and David Shook: Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry||Víctor Terán and David Shook discuss the music of Isthmus Zapotec and poetry translated for Like A New Sun.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatthew McIntosh: theMystery.doc||Matthew McIntosh’s theMystery.doc asks a reader to consider what a book is, while exploring how a book can be like life.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJane Gillette: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories||Jane Gillette describes the wicked writing of her first book, The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUrsula LeGuin||Revisiting Ursula LeGuin, the immensely popular author who changed science fiction and fantasy for millions of readers. She died this month at the age of 88.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter||Storytelling queen Isabel Allende wrote a time-crossing, culture-hopping chamber piece that gives faces to immigration during these dark times for literature, In the Midst of Winter.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Kraus: After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography||In her stunning After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, Chris Kraus wrote not of theory but of writing, creativity, and the depth a writer has to go to form an identity.||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoe Hagan: Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine||In Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, Joe Hagan explores the countercultural rise of the late-60s rock and roll teen society.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMorgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé||Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Parade of Literary Stars and Superstars
Silverblatt often understands the books his interviewees have recently published better than the authors do themselves. He is a most perceptive reader of wide sympathies. I have profitably bought or borrowed several books based on his interviews--books about which I would have known nothing otherwise.
I Love Michael Silverblatt!!
I've listened to a lot of book reviews on podcast, and found no one who can measures up to Michael S! He's insightful, smart, witty, funny & charming! You'll be addicted to his podcast once you listen to him. Subscribe and enjoy.
Terrific, just terrific
If you like books, reading, literature, or criticism, this is simply the best interview show on the planet. Michael Silverblatt is not only a splendid host, he is an insightful critic as well. He has carefully read not just the book in question, but usually the author's entire output. He is a sensitive, respectful reader and it's a delight to hear him interact with the authors. The authors in turn are delighted to enter into a dialogue with a reader so knowledgable. But beware--you're likely to begin buying the books so you can partake in all the fun.
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