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"Prince Avalanche"; Drama and Intrigue at FSG; Instructions for a Heatwave, a Novel; Please Explain

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Director David Gordon Green and actors Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch talk about their new film, “Prince Avalanche.” Then, a look at the sex, ego-stroking, and grudge matches that took place during the early days of the renowned publishing house, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Maggie O’Farrell talks about her latest novel, Instructions for a Heatwave. And our latest Please Explain is all about pain medications!

David Gordon Green, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch on “Prince Avalanche.”

Director and screenwriter David Gordon Green and actors Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch talk about their new movie, “Prince Avalanche.” It’s the story of mild-mannered Alvin (Paul Rudd) and immature chatterbox Lance (Emile Hirsch), who are hired to spend the summer of 1988 repainting a highway in a remote fire-damaged Central Texas forest. An unlikely friendship emerges from the mutual annoyance. It opens August 9 at IFC Center and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Hothouse: Inside Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era—home to 25 Nobel Prize winners and generation-defining authors like T. S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor, Susan Sontag, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, and Jonathan Franzen. Boris Kachka reveals the era and the city that built FSG through the stories of two men: founder-owner Roger Straus and his utter opposite, the reticent, closeted editor Robert Giroux. In Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Kachka pulls back the curtain to expose how elite publishing works today.

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Maggie O’Farrell's Novel Instructions for a Heatwave

Maggie O’Farrell discusses her new novel, Instructions for a Heatwave, about a family crisis set during the legendary British heatwave of 1976. Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to find that her husband of 40 years has vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way, and Gretta’s three grown children converge at home for the first time in years.

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Please Explain: Pain Medication

This week we're following up on Please Explain: Pain to find out more about pain killers. Barry Meier, New York Times reporter and author of A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake, talks about how pain medications work, how over the counter analgesics compare to prescription pain killers, and the problems of pain killer addiction.

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