Leonard's Questions: Miguel Syjuco

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Miguel Syjuco stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his award-winning novel Illustrado, and shared some of his favorite picks with us.

What have you read or seen recently (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

“Give Up Tomorrow,” A rough cut of a documentary in progress about a miscarriage of justice in the Philippines.

What are you listening to right now?

Old LPS bought for $1 at Salvation Army:

Neil Diamond, Kris Kristoferson, James Brown, Queen, Chet Baker, Shirley Bassey, Klezmer, Austrian brass bands, classic New Wave.

What’s the last great book you read?

2666 by Robert Bolano. It was flawed, frayed, beautiful, challenging, monumental, audacious. Lengthy but too short.

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?


If you only had one day left, how would you spend it in New York City?

Walk in Central Park, eat a burger from J.G. Mellon, take cabs everywhere, catch the NY Philharmonic and get surreptitiously drunk in the fifth row, and tell every beautiful girl I encounter on the street that she’s beautiful.