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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright investigates the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, and the controversy that surrounds it. D. T. Max discusses the life and legacy of the writer David Foster Wallace. Michael Dahlie talks about his comic novel about an introverted ghost writer. Plus, we’ll look at immigration reform—and find out who gets into this country, who doesn’t, and why.

Lawrence Wright on Scientology

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright investigates the inner workings of the Church of Scientology in his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and Prison of Belief.

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A Life of David Foster Wallace

D. T. Max talks about his biography of David Foster Wallace, one of the most influential writers of his generation who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, Max charts Wallace’s battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Since his death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.

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Michael Dahlie's Novel The Best of Youth

Michael Dahlie talks about his novel, The Best of Youth. What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous but comic disasters.

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Deciding Who Belongs in America

Ted Genoways talks about about recent efforts to curb the illegal immigrant population in Fremont, Nebraska, home of Hormel Foods. His article “This Land Is Not Your Land” appears in the February issue of Harper’s Magazine.

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Guest Picks: D. T. Max

New Yorker writer D. T. Max stopped by to talk about his biography of the author David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. He shared his guest picks with us.


Guest Picks: Lawrence Wright

New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Going Clear, his book about Scientology. He also told us what he's been reading, listening to and eating. Find out what he's a fan of!


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