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Friday, July 26, 2013
What are your favorite books/who are your favorite authors?
More than favorite authors, I have favorite works. And I’m not sure I would distinguish between films and books in that category: The Death of Ivan Ilych. Seize the Day. Annie Hall. GoodFellas. The Human Stain. The Invisible Man. Bringing Up Baby. Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson. A Bend in the River.
What are your favorite plays and why?
I think all of my favorite plays share the same qualities of dramatic impact, social commentary, and an almost classical purity of form: "Hedda Gabler." "Look Back in Anger." "Glen Garry Glen Ross." "All My Sons."
What authors or works do you think are underappreciated or overlooked?
Harold Brodkey. One of the finest writers of our American language. And likely the greatest long short fiction writer we’ve had.
Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Where, when, and how do you write?
9 to 2 every day. In my office. I tend to work in intense spurts followed by short periods of relaxation. When I’m working on a play, having an upcoming reading is helpful, and I love to write in the midst of workshops, while I have the chance to hear actors work with the new material. As a novelist, the deadlines are more internal, and the work obviously much more solitary.
Do you have favorite or least favorite words? What are they and why?
I’ve always adored the French word, oiseau. Which means bird. I love that it uses every vowel. And I love that you add an “x” for the plural: oiseaux.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Persistence. It can take a very long time to get anywhere, artistically, professionally. Be open to criticism, and continue to do it. Persist.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Writer and translator Lydia Davis was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in May. Here she talks about her favorite books, the challenges of translating Madame Bovary, and why she likes the often overlooked city of Dijon, France. Listen to her discussing Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The author of The Power of Habit talks about his own habits—from reading to reporting. Listen to him discussing The Power of Habit, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection for February 2013, on the Leonard Lopate Show.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach was here June 28 to talk about his book for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. He shared a few of his favorite authors and books, and talked about ritual in writing and ritual in sports. Watch the video!
Monday, May 07, 2012