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Irina Reyn

Friday, October 10, 2008

For her first novel, What Happened to Anna K., Irina Reyn took Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and wrote a modern update set among Russian immigrants in Queens. A Soviet émigré who arrived in the U.S. at age seven, Reyn tells Kurt about ...

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Nam Le

Friday, October 03, 2008

Born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Nam Le's fiction is as global as he is. His new book of short stories The Boat is a startling collection of voices. Le reads an excerpt from “Hiroshima.”

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Porochista Khakpour

Friday, August 22, 2008

She was three years old in 1980, when her family fled post-revolutionary Iran. Porochista Khakpour is 30 now, and her memories are woven into her lyrical, witty debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects just out in paperback. Kurt talks with her about the book's ...

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Birthmark

Friday, July 25, 2008

Last year, the screenwriter/director/actress Miranda July published a collection of short stories called No One Belongs Here More Than You, and she joined us to read the story “Birthmark.” With production by Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski.

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Isabel Fonseca

Friday, June 20, 2008

In the novel, Attachment, a wife assumes her husband’s identity and begins an email correspondence with his lover. Kurt asks Isabel Fonseca what it’s like to write about infidelity when she’s in a happy marriage -- and about her own experience as the “other woman” ...

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Murder on the Lower East Side

Friday, May 23, 2008

Kurt and Richard Price wander through the gritty-turned-hipster neighborhood at the center of Price's novel Lush Life. Cultures clash violently in the book -- they visit the scene of the crime.

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Stephen L. Carter

Friday, May 16, 2008

He's a professor of Constitutional Law at Yale and a commentator on race and religion in America, and also the author of the bestselling murder mystery The Emperor of Ocean Park. His book, New England White, just out in paperback, is also a thriller: it revolves ...

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The Dalai Lama and Me

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Dalai Lama has lived most of his life in exile outside his Tibet, which has been controlled by China since just after the communist revolution. He’s become a kind of superstar in the West, not by lecturing on Buddhist enlightenment, but by preaching tolerance. The writer

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Nicholson Baker

Friday, March 07, 2008

According to Nicholson Baker, we’ve got World War II all wrong. For his new book Human Smoke, Baker scoured newspaper articles, interviews, and accounts of atrocities, and he tells Kurt that the case for the "good war" just doesn't add up.

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Web Extra: The Invention of Everything Else

Friday, January 25, 2008

Samantha Hunt reads from the end of her novel.

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Porochista Khakpour

Friday, October 12, 2007

Novelist Porochista Khakpour was three years old in 1980, when her family fled post-revolutionary Iran. She is 29 now, and her memories are woven into her lyrical, witty debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects. Kurt talks with her about the book's loosely autobiographical portrait ...

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Jane Smiley

Friday, September 07, 2007

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, sets her book Ten Days in the Hills in a fancy home high above Los Angeles. Sex, Hollywood, and soap opera-like personal drama give the novel a frenzied energy. And Smiley tells Kurt Andersen why she gave the book the ...

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American Bloomsbury

Friday, August 31, 2007

A tight-knit group of writers live and work together, animated by sexual electricity. The beautiful teenage novelist falls for an older poet who’s in love with another woman. The pioneering feminist journalist dies in a freak accident with her Italian lover, leaving behind a string of broken hearts. This was ...

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Edward P. Jones

Friday, August 24, 2007

Edward P. Jones won a Pulitzer in 2003 for his novel The Known World. (Anna Deavere Smith is currently turning it into a screenplay.) Jones' latest book is a collection of stories called All Aunt Hagar’s Children, about the black community in ...

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Aha Moment: Joseph Cornell's boxes

Friday, August 10, 2007

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, explains why boxes by the artist Joseph Cornell inspired him to re-think the craft of fiction-writing.

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Richard Ford

Friday, August 10, 2007

He’s not the type of novelist who cranks out a new book every year. Ideas marinate in Richard Ford’s mind for years –- sometimes 50 years -- before they surface in his stories. Ford spent so much time gathering material and reworking the manuscript of his latest novel, The ...

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Stephen L. Carter

Friday, August 03, 2007

Stephen L. Carter is a professor of Constitutional Law at Yale and a commentator on race and religion in America. A few years ago, Carter wrote the very smart and bestselling murder mystery The Emperor of Ocean Park. His new book, New England White, is also ...

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Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, June 22, 2007

Joyce Carol Oates' new novel, her 36th, is called The Gravedigger's Daughter. It's an imagined account of her own grandmother's life. Oates knew her great-grandparents were German immigrants, but it was the discovery of her grandmother's Jewish background (turned up by an inquisitive ...

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Ian McEwan

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ian McEwan's new novel is about young newlyweds who are so innocent and tongue-tied that they can’t get comfortable when it really matters - on their wedding night. Kurt talks to McEwan about On Chesil Beach, set in the early 1960s on the eve of the sexual ...

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Symmetry: Mario Livio

Friday, June 01, 2007

Mario Livio is Senior Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, headquarters of the Hubble Telescope. He's written several books describing the relationship between science and art, including The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry. Kurt and Mario talk about how ...

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