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Monday, September 10, 2012

Author Paul Auster talks about his memoir Winter Journal and his work set in New York City.

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Comments [16]

Ben Gardner

Perhaps the confused caller was thinking of W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz?

Sep. 10 2012 11:37 AM
John

I take exception with Mr. Auster's comment on the Bush/Gore election results. Gore did not "win" the election as he claimed. Although Gore did have more popular votes than Bush, it was Bush that in fact won the election. Bush fought harder to win and Gore just gave up.

Sep. 10 2012 11:37 AM
Pascale Vaillancourt

Fantastic interview, especially the segment about translations. I'm a French/English translator and I'm glad to be able to make French authors known by the English readers.

Sep. 10 2012 11:33 AM

Is it really necessary to keep making fun of the woman who mistakenly attributed the wrong story to Mr. Auster? No one is perfect. This seems needlessly mean spirited.

Sep. 10 2012 11:32 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Is Auster complaining because he's been so damn lucky in life?

Sep. 10 2012 11:28 AM
Joe from Manhattan

Now I am dying to find out what the name is of the short story about the couple who went to the opera. Any ideas?

Sep. 10 2012 11:27 AM
Sarah

Really? That's not what I hear. The "I" you're all complaining about struck me as an "I" whose suffering stems from empathy with all beings. Hardly an egoist

Sep. 10 2012 11:26 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I listen to a lot of BBC News, I appreciate how they interview w/o a fawning tone of voice. I wish BL would practice that.

Sep. 10 2012 11:25 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Although I don't have an issue with Mr. Auster's political views.

On his last comment, what did we expect after WWII, which closely followed a world-wide depression?

What did we know? What did we have? Millions of refugees from all over the world? The displacements were huge.

But we DID have great Jazz!

Sep. 10 2012 11:24 AM
PPW from brooklyn

1980 - "pre-gentrification" in Park Slope? The 1970s was the decade of gentrification. By 1980, house prices had more than quadrupled from 1970 and finding a run down fixer-upper was a real challenge.

Sep. 10 2012 11:23 AM
Robert from NYC

don't leave out racism in the 50s

Sep. 10 2012 11:22 AM
Robert from NYC

Yes, now I am going to cry, you are so right that NOTHING has changed. Bravo, we are still ok but we're by no means the "best" country in the world. That kind of thinking leads to collapse. Ask Rome!!!

Sep. 10 2012 11:20 AM
john from office

I did not realize the earth revolves around this guest. Thanks for letting me in your world. Favorite word is I

Sep. 10 2012 11:17 AM
john from office

WOW, the vietnam generation is so self centered. The ME ME ME generation.

Sep. 10 2012 11:13 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

.... let alone having the means and/or wherewithal to move to Paris at that age!

Sep. 10 2012 11:12 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Suffocating to be in Columbia U during the Vietnam War?? What about those men who was not fortunate enough to be in college, let alone at an Ivy League university?

Sep. 10 2012 11:11 AM

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