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About Two Boys: Nick Hornby and Ben Folds' Collaborative Album

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The celebrated English novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) often writes about music and musicians, so it only made sense that he'd want to make some music of his own. He's teamed up with the pop pianist Ben Folds for a new album called Lonely Avenue. Ben Folds performs tracks off the new album live in the studio, and the pair discusses their creative collaboration.

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William Gibson: The Future Is Now

Friday, October 01, 2010

In William Gibson's first novel, 1984's Neuromancer, he coined the term "cyber-space" and introduced us to the concept of a computer-generated reality that became the movie "The Matrix." Now Gibson is back with another sci-fi tale set in the future — except ...

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Jennifer Egan

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jennifer Egan's new novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, is a time-shifting collection of tales that weaves around the music industry. Egan explains why PowerPoint was the natural choice for a chapter about a 12-year old, and tells Kurt how her 9-year old son helped ...

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Franzen on Freedom

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ever since Jonathan Franzen wowed the literary world with his 2001 novel The Corrections, he's been hailed as the next great American writer. Kurt talks to Franzen about the perils of literary success and his new novel Freedom, another epic about a colorful and ...

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More with Franzen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Our extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Jonathan Franzen, in which the novelist talks about the influence of Tolstoy on his writing, and laments being recognized during a trip to the supermarket for sugar-free Jell-O.

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John Irving

Friday, July 30, 2010

When the author John Irving was still a young man, his father disappeared. Irving tells Kurt that absence has informed his fiction ever since: inventing fathers through all his novels. Kurt talked to Irving in 2005 when he'd just published Until I Find You. ...

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Super Sad True Love Story

Friday, July 30, 2010

Gary Shteyngart set his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in a dystopian, not-too-distant future where books are passé and social media reigns supreme — just like the present, only worse. Shteyngart tells Kurt how the reality of America's decline ended up outpacing his fiction ...

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Hannaham Says Yes

Friday, July 23, 2010

The novel God Says No is about a gay African-American evangelical Christian who struggles to reconcile his identity with his beliefs. The author, James Hannaham, tells Kurt why he wanted make comedy out of a weighty subject: "My friend and I invented a term for what ...

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Alan Furst

Friday, July 16, 2010

Spies are in the news again, but they've been in Alan Furst's fiction for over 20 years. His new novel, Spies of the Balkans, is his 11th work of World War II-era espionage fiction. The book has been getting great reviews, but Furst tells Kurt he ...

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Harlan Ellison: Best Seller

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Harlan Ellison is a lot like the stories he writes: intense, ingenious, and slightly deranged.  Ellison has made a career writing “speculative fiction” (a title he prefers to the more mainstream 'sci-fi').  He's also had a prolific career in Hollywood, working on groundbreaking TV shows like 'Star Trek', 'The Twilight Zone', and 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'.

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The New South Africa

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ntone Edjabe is the founder and editor of Chimurenga, a provocative South African literary magazine. Born in Cameroon, he arrived in South Africa in the early 1990s, just as apartheid was ending. He tells Kurt about Kwaito, a style of music that became popular after ...

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Collected Stories

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Lydia Davis discusses her latest collection, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.

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The Life of a Superfan

Friday, May 28, 2010

In his new memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, music writer Steve Almond looks at rock music from practically every angle: the fans, musicians, artists and "drooling fanatics."

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Junot Diaz

Friday, May 14, 2010

He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but Diaz tells Kurt that many of the students he teaches at MIT don't even know that he's a writer. And he likes it that way. "If you want people just to like you," ...

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Isabel Allende

Friday, May 07, 2010

Today, no one would say that a woman can't be a writer. But when the Chilean-born novelist Isabel Allende was growing up, "writer" was not on the career menu. Kurt asks Allende about the path that led her to write fiction. Her newest novel, Island Beneath ...

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Eat, Pray, Love, Marry

Friday, February 12, 2010

When Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray, Love, a witty account of her globe-hopping, soul-searching journey after a divorce, she never imagined that Julia Roberts would be playing her in a movie adaptation. Gilbert followed that book up with a new memoir, Committed: A Skeptic ...

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What Salinger Taught Me

Friday, February 05, 2010

When a young writer gets a day job with J.D. Salinger's agent, she becomes a better novelist. Joanna Smith Rakoff describes her time as the reluctant conduit between the writer and his fans.

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Marlon James

Friday, February 05, 2010

Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women is set on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century. It's about a rebellion led by a group of slaves. It is also the coming-of-age story of Lilith, the enslaved daughter of the plantation's ...

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Lydia Millet

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lydia Millet's first short story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, is filled with fictionalized tales of celebrities' real-life confrontations with exotic species. She reads from her story "Sir Henry" about David Hasselhoff's dachshund and tells Kurt why she's not afraid of lawyers.

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Barbara Kingsolver

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Lacuna marks Barbara Kingsolver's first novel in nearly a decade. It's an epic tale that spans decades of vivid history from 1930s Mexico City to the McCarthy-era U.S. She peppers the narrative with real historical figures including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and J. Edgar Hoover. ...

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