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Sherman Alexie

Friday, May 18, 2007

Sherman Alexie stays up all night too. The author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the new novel Flight says it all started when he was a kid when he would stay up waiting for his father to come home. Produced by

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Covering

Friday, March 30, 2007

Kurt talks with law professor Kenji Yoshino, author of Covering: The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights, about how we "minstrelize" groups of people, and distort our identities to fit in -- even if it's just concealing a tattoo.

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Kalooki Nights

Friday, March 30, 2007

Kurt Andersen talks to Howard Jacobson about his new darkly comic novel Kalooki Nights. Jacobson, also a columnist for the London daily The Independent, says the novel is not unlike his own childhood, growing up Jewish in a postwar British suburb.

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Jonathan Lethem on Solitude

Friday, March 23, 2007

Novelist Jonathan Lethem tells Kurt what Superman has in common with the young hero of his book, The Fortress of Solitude. He also explains how losing his mother when he was a teenager shaped his writing.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday, March 16, 2007

Letters provide key turning points in Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake. Growing up in New England, the author remembers how letters served as a lifeline to her family back in Calcutta. Writing letters was an important ritual – and receiving them was always an ...

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Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Friday, March 09, 2007

Visions of a post-apocalyptic future have long been the province of science fiction. Cormac McCarthy, one of America’s finest novelists, ventures onto that horrifying terrain in his latest book, The Road, about a father and son who survive. Editor and critic Rob Spillman talks about McCarthy’s grim ...

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Jane Smiley

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley sets her latest novel, 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. But there's another element the author adds into the mix. Kurt ...

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Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng

Friday, February 09, 2007

In 2000, Dave Eggers became the literary voice of his generation with the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. But in his latest work, Eggers chose to channel a very different voice. What is the What tells a fictionalized version of the real life of

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Norman Mailer

Friday, February 02, 2007

Norman Mailer is a heroic chronicler of America and a notorious troublemaker. He's won two Pulitzer prizes, wrote biographies of Marilyn Monroe and Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as novels about the CIA and ancient Egypt and Jesus Christ. He has been a public figure, admired and ...

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American Bloomsbury

Friday, January 26, 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. We’re talking ...

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Absurdistan

Friday, January 19, 2007

Novels about "the immigrant experience" are usually sentimental tales of pluck and dignity. Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan is not one of those novels. The hero of the book is a 300 pound Russian named Misha Vainberg who boasts that he has a huge fancy loft ...

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Isabel Allende

Friday, December 08, 2006

No one would say today 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 talks with Allende about how she became a novelist, and why she just can't write an erotic ...

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Richard Ford

Friday, November 10, 2006

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 fifty years - before they surface in his stories. Ford spent so much time gathering material and reworking the manuscript of his latest ...

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Famous Writers School

Friday, October 20, 2006

Steven Carter's new novel Famous Writers School begins innocently enough: a professor places an ad in the back of a literary magazine for a correspondence course in fiction writing. After a motley collection of characters sign up for the class a bizarre mystery unfolds.

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George Saunders

Friday, September 29, 2006

In George Saunders' collection of short stories, In Persuasion Nation, babies wear a device to simulate witty banter. Teenagers can be hardwired to receive ads through a socket in the backs of their necks. Kurt talks with the writer about why he describes horrific things with so ...

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Marisha Pessl

Friday, September 01, 2006

This summer, the literary world experienced a-star-is-born moment when 28-year old novelist Marisha Pessl's debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics received rave reviews and flew up the New York Times Best-Seller list. Kurt Andersen talks with Pessl about the inspiration behind her teenage heroine Blue Van Meer ...

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T.C. Boyle

Friday, August 25, 2006

The author T. Coraghessan Boyle has turned himself into a brand name -- which is remarkable since Boyle doesn't write within a specific genre. If anything, T.C. Boyle's fans expect the unexpected topic with each book, but they always count on Boyle's wit and charm. Kurt ...

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Absurdistan

Friday, July 28, 2006

Novels about "the immigrant experience" are usually sentimental tales of pluck and dignity. Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan is not one of those novels. The hero of the book is a 300 pound Russian named Misha Vainberg who boasts that he has huge loft apartment in Manhattan and a ...

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John Updike

Friday, July 21, 2006

For his 22nd novel, John Updike could have stuck to one of his well-established fictional templates - perhaps another angst-ridden upper-middle-class marriage set in New England. Instead, his new novel Terrorist follows a half-Egyptian teenager in New Jersey who is mesmerized by radical Islam. Updike leads

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George Saunders

Friday, May 19, 2006

In George Saunders' new collection of short stories, In Persuasion Nation, babies wear a device to simulate witty banter. Teenagers can be hardwired to receive ads through a socket in the backs of their necks. Kurt Andersen talks with the writer about why he ...

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