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The Brian Lehrer Show

Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays by Siri Hustvedt

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Acclaimed novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt will discuss Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays, her new collection of meditations on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, literature and psychoanalysis.

→ EVENT: Siri Hustvedt in conversation with Paul Auster at The Strand, Thursday, June 14, 7:00-8:00pm

→ EVENT: Reading, Q&A, and book signing at Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn), Thursday, June 21, 7:00-8:00pm

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The Leonard Lopate Show

William H. Gass on Life Sentences

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

William H. Gass discusses his newest collection of essays, Life Sentences: From Literary Judgments and Accounts , which explore reading, writing, form, and thought. He examines the work of some of his favorite writers, including Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Proust.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Narrative Threads

Monday, January 02, 2012

Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, revisits some of his past "adventures," in essays on topics ranging from digital imagery to human rights in the Balkans and Rwanda. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jonathan Lethem on The Ecstasy of Influence

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jonathan Lethem talks about the relationship between the novel and contemporary culture. In The Ecstasy of Influence, a collection of new and previously published essays, he looks at the role of the writer as public intellectual, tackling topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as his literary models.

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Talk to Me

Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger Have High School Reunion at KGB Bar

Monday, November 07, 2011

Two famed poets, essayists and translators — Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger — recently read from new work at the True Story: Non-Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar in the East Village. Listen to the audio here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Summers Talks About Critic Dwight Macdonald

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, discusses the American critic and writer Dwight Macdonald, an uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, an anarchist, and a pacifist. Summers assembled new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain. It shows Dwight Macdonald as a critic of America’s susceptibility to cultural fakery—he dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it on aesthetic and on political grounds.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Penn Jillette: God, No!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Magician  Penn Jillette talks about why he’s a skeptic and an atheist, and he shares his opinions on just about any topic. His new book God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales is a collection of essays illuminating the Ten Commandments—some of them true stories, some of them fantasies, all of them entertaining, smart, and eye-opening.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Calvin Trillin, New Yorker staff writer and The Nation’s deadline poet, talks about his latest book of collected works, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. He cover topics from the literary life to the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Moore: Here Comes Trouble

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, the nation's unofficial provocateur Michael Moore tells stories from his own life. His autobiography, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life, includes 24 far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes of his own experiences.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Geoff Dyer's Essays and Reviews

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer talks about writing criticism on a wide array of subjects—music, literature, photography, and travel journalism. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews is a collection of 25 years of essays, reviews, and misadventures.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Simon Schama

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Historian and social commentator Simon Schama discusses writing about a diverse range of subjects: from food and family to Winston Churchill, from Martin Scorsese to Rembrandt, from his travels in Brazil and Amsterdam to New Orleans. His collection Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother shows him to be a keen observer with a critical eye.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Samantha Bee

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Samantha Bee, Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, talks about her funny and frank collection of personal essays: I Know I Am, But What Are You? She also details her unusual career history and her experiences on The Daily Show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Zadie Smith on Books

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Zadie Smith talks about joining Harper’s to review books for the “New Books” column. She’ll also discuss her latest book, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, just released in paperback, a collection that shows she’s equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. 

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: H. L. Mencken's Prejudices

Monday, January 03, 2011

This is the handsomest set of the essays that made H. L. Mencken famous.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nora Ephron on Remembering Nothing

Monday, December 27, 2010

Nora Ephron talks about the past, the present, and the future, recalling everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. In I Remember Nothing, she writes about her journalism career, about breaking up, lists, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nora Ephron on I Remember Nothing

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Nora Ephron talks about the past, the present, and the future, recalling everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. In I Remember Nothing, she writes about her journalism career, about breaking up, lists, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Rakoff on Half Empty

Monday, October 11, 2010

David Rakoff, writer at large for GQ and regular contributor to This American Life, defends pessimism. His new book Half Empty includes reporting and personal essays, and examines the realities of our ever-optimistic culture to find that, most of the time, the best is not yet to come and dreams don’t come true.

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