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Nicholson Baker about writing and technology.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This week on the podcast, Michael Agger talks with Nicholson Baker about writing and technology, including his recent piece on LCD screens. Baker explains his unorthodox writing techniques, what kinds of fiction make for the best dreams, and how he combats "peak attention span" by reading aloud in the morning.
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Sarah Stillman and Patrick Radden Keefe on civil forfeiture.

Monday, August 05, 2013

This week in the magazine, Sarah Stillman reports on how local governments around the country are invoking the powers of civil forfeiture to take money and property from people who haven't been convicted of any crime. Here, Nicholas Thompson talks with Stillman and Patrick Radden Keefe about these abuses and what they mean for the citizens targeted and the law-enforcement agencies using it to fund their budgets. Also, Christian DeBenedetti on the joys of sour beer.
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Cressida Leyshon and Ruth Franklin on Shirley Jackson.

Monday, July 29, 2013

This week in the magazine there's a new, previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson, who died in 1965. It's called "Paranoia," and its about a man in New York City who is followed through the city by a suspicious character. In this week's podcast, Cressida Leyshon, the deputy fiction editor, and Ruth Franklin, who is writing a biography of Shirley Jackson, talk about the story and about Jackson's life with the literary editor of newyorker.com, Sasha Weiss. Also, Hilton Als weighs in on "The Designated Mourner."
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Bill Buford and John Bennet on French cooking.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This week in the magazine, Bill Buford writes about cooking traditional French recipes with the chef Daniel Boulud. Buford has been living in Lyon for the last several years learning French cooking, and here he talks with John Bennet and Sasha Weiss about how the militaristic system of training chefs in the national cuisine has changed his approach to cooking, the similarities between soccer hooligans and cooks, and why he's so fascinated with food. Also, Patricia Marx explains how to avoid cognitive decline.
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Bill Buford and John Bennet on French cooking.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This week in the magazine, Bill Buford writes about cooking traditional French recipes with the chef Daniel Boulud. Buford has been living in Lyon for the last several years learning French cooking, and here he talks with John Bennet and Sasha Weiss about how the militaristic system of training chefs in the national cuisine has changed his approach to cooking, the similarities between soccer hooligans and cooks, and why he's so fascinated with food. Also, Patricia Marx explains how to avoid cognitive decline.
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James Wood and Adam Gopnik on family memoirs.

Monday, July 15, 2013

In the magazine this week, James Wood reviews Greg Bellow's book "Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir." Here, James Wood talks about the pleasures and perils of intimate family memoirs with Adam Gopnik, who has written about his own family life for the magazine, in a conversation led by Sasha Weiss. Also, Reed Johnson explains the obsession with a mysterious manuscript from the late Middle Ages.
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James Wood and Adam Gopnik on family memoirs.

Monday, July 15, 2013

In the magazine this week, James Wood reviews Greg Bellow's book "Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir." Here, James Wood talks about the pleasures and perils of intimate family memoirs with Adam Gopnik, who has written about his own family life for the magazine, in a conversation led by Sasha Weiss. Also, Reed Johnson explains the obsession with a mysterious manuscript from the late Middle Ages.
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Jill Lepore and Judith Thurman on Jane Franklin.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, comes out this fall. This week in the magazine, Lepore writes about her decades-long interest in the subject, how the story figured into her relationship with her own mother, and what finally motivated her to overcome her reluctance and write the biography. Judith Thurman is also a biographer, with books about Isak Dinesen and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Here, Thurman and Lepore talk with Sasha Weiss about Jane Franklin, what motherhood has forced different generations of women to give up, and the history of American women writers. Also, writer Ruth Franklin on the sixtieth anniversary of Shirley Jackson's classic tale, "The Lottery."
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Jill Lepore and Judith Thurman on Jane Franklin.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, comes out this fall. This week in the magazine, Lepore writes about her decades-long interest in the subject, how the story figured into her relationship with her own mother, and what finally motivated her to overcome her reluctance and write the biography. Judith Thurman is also a biographer, with books about Isak Dinesen and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Here, Thurman and Lepore talk with Sasha Weiss about Jane Franklin, what motherhood has forced different generations of women to give up, and the history of American women writers. Also, writer Ruth Franklin on the sixtieth anniversary of Shirley Jackson's classic tale, "The Lottery."
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Ian Buruma and Philip Gourevitch on Liao Yiwu.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This week in the magazine, Ian Buruma writes about the exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu whose prison memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs," was recently published in English. Liao is also known for his book of interviews, "The Corpse Walker," which is made up of talks with Chinese prisoners and other marginal characters. Philip Gourevitch helped publish the first English translations of those interviews and has blogged about Liao Yiwu extensively on newyorker.com. Here, Buruma and Gourevitch talk about why Liao doesn't consider himself a political dissident, why his writing is threatening to the Chinese government, and the challenges of living in exile.
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Ian Buruma and Philip Gourevitch on Liao Yiwu.

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week in the magazine, Ian Buruma writes about the exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu whose prison memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs," was recently published in English. Liao is also known for his book of interviews, "The Corpse Walker," which is made up of talks with Chinese prisoners and other marginal characters. Philip Gourevitch helped publish the first English translations of those interviews and has blogged about Liao Yiwu extensively on newyorker.com. Here, Buruma and Gourevitch talk about why Liao doesn't consider himself a political dissident, why his writing is threatening to the Chinese government, and the challenges of living in exile.
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Larissa MacFarquhar on Japan’s culture of suicide.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This week in the magazine, Larissa MacFarquhar Profiles a Japanese Buddhist monk who offers counsel and aid to people contemplating suicide. Here, MacFarquhar talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto's belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has prepared him to help the suicidal.
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Larissa MacFarquhar on Japan's culture of suicide.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This week in the magazine, Larissa MacFarquhar Profiles a Japanese Buddhist monk who offers counsel and aid to people contemplating suicide. Here, MacFarquhar talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto's belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has prepared him to help the suicidal.
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Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York’s high-crime years.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The theme of this week's Fiction Issue is "Crimes and Misdemeanors"; Roger Angell writes about the perils of living in New York City during the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Here, The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman talks with Roger Angell and staff writer Mark Singer about that era and crime writing. Also, Ed Park's secret password, and a song commentary by Marc Philippe Eskenazi.
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Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York's high-crime years.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The theme of this week's Fiction Issue is "Crimes and Misdemeanors"; Roger Angell writes about the perils of living in New York City during the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Here, The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman talks with Roger Angell and staff writer Mark Singer about that era and crime writing. Also, Ed Park's secret password, and a song commentary by Marc Philippe Eskenazi.
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Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This week, Nick Paumgarten writes about the Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who made a name for himself climbing mountains at high speed with no ropes. In a recent climb, on Mt. Everest, Steck and his climbing partners got into a violent confrontation with Nepalese Sherpas. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Paumgarten and staff writer Peter Hessler about lure and lore of mountaineering, how the influence of corporate sponsorship has changed the sport, and the complicated relationship between Sherpas and Western climbers on Everest. Also, why David Sedaris is on his best behavior around guests.
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Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This week, Nick Paumgarten writes about the Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who made a name for himself climbing mountains at high speed with no ropes. In a recent climb, on Mt. Everest, Steck and his climbing partners got into a violent confrontation with Nepalese Sherpas. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Paumgarten and staff writer Peter Hessler about lure and lore of mountaineering, how the influence of corporate sponsorship has changed the sport, and the complicated relationship between Sherpas and Western climbers on Everest. Also, why David Sedaris is on his best behavior around guests.
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George Packer and Ken Auletta on Silicon Valley

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This week in the magazine, George Packer asks tech-industry insiders why the vast profits of the tech world have paralleled a growing disparity between rich and poor, and how they think about their social and political roles. Ken Auletta often writes about the tech industry for the magazine's Annals of Communication column. Here, Packer and Auletta talk with the editor of newyorker.com, Nicholas Thompson, about the culture and politics of Silicon Valley. Also, Deborah Treisman channels Italo Calvino.
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George Packer and Ken Auletta on Silicon Valley

Monday, May 20, 2013

This week in the magazine, George Packer asks tech-industry insiders why the vast profits of the tech world have paralleled a growing disparity between rich and poor, and how they think about their social and political roles. Ken Auletta often writes about the tech industry for the magazine's Annals of Communication column. Here, Packer and Auletta talk with the editor of newyorker.com, Nicholas Thompson, about the culture and politics of Silicon Valley. Also, Deborah Treisman channels Italo Calvino.
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Emily Nussbaum on “Mad Men”

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week in the magazine, Emily Nussbaum takes a look at the latest season of "Mad Men." Here, Nussbaum talks with Sasha Weiss and Michael Agger about the show's triumphs, the problems with Don Draper's backstory, and why anti-heroes like Don dominate many of the most ambitious serial TV dramas. Also, Susan Orlean calls in from her treadmill desk.
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