Thursday, July 03, 2014
What books are you bringing with you when you go on vacation this summer? Have there been books on your nightstand that you've been waiting to read? Let us know what you're reading—at the beach, by the lake, or on the subway. Leave a comment below!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This segment originally aired live on June 24, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 15th. The unedited audio can be found here.
What are you reading this summer? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest novel (now in paperback) The Signature of All Things: A Novel(Penguin Books, 2013) shares her view on what makes a great summer read and what she's learned about success and failure as a writer -- and why she's a World Cup soccer superfan.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It's a summertime tradition: Brian leaves for vacation this afternoon -- what recent book should he read while he's out? We'll also take suggestions for music to listen to, and play some of the suggestions that have already come in. Post your picks below -- remember, recent books and music only.
→ UPDATE: Thanks for the great music suggestions -- listen to the playlist below!
Thursday, July 04, 2013
In this episode: Author Colum McCann talks about his new novel TransAtlantic, and tells us about the music that he listens to while writing. George Saunders discusses his latest collection of short stories, Tenth of December, and explains how his new book is like a concept album. Plus, George Boziwick, Music Division Chief of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, joins us to share a recommended reading list of musician biographies and autobiographies.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
In today's episode: Author Junot Diaz shares his Pick Three; Jennifer Egan talks about her rock novel A Visit From the Goon Squad; writer Nick Hornby and singer-songwriter Ben Folds discuss collaborating on an album; and restaurateur Eddie Huang talks about his hip-hop filled memoir, Fresh Off the Boat.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Brian's off for his annual summer vacation starting tomorrow. As we do every year, we ask: What should Brian listen to or read on his trip? And please limit your suggestions to recent releases - we'll compile them below!
→ Listen below to a mix of some of your picks - we'll add more as they come in.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
With summer beach reading season underway, we turn to some of today's top singers and conductors and ask: what’s your favorite book?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The annual city budget dance has ended, and the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have waltzed to a deal for $68.5 billion that includes no tax increases, no firehouse closings, no widespread layoffs of teachers or others — and, in fact, slight increases to some services for children and families.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Our summer book club continues today with host John Hockenberry's first pick for August. John sees summer reading as an opportunity for challenge. He spent one summer reading the Russian literature, and the following summer he devoted his reading to Charles Dickens. This summer, as the tenth anniversary of September 11 approaches, John decided it was time to tackle a few of the recent novels that deal with that tragic day. His first pick is Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." The novel follows nine-year-old Oskar Schell in the years after his father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Foer sat down with John to discuss his 2005 novel.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Brian's off for the next two weeks, and he needs good recommendations to feed his media appetite.
Listeners: What should Brian listen to, what should he read?!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
By Luna Lin
Forgot to return a library book or DVD? Got library fines that you are reluctant to pay? The solution is here. Programs at libraries in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island are helping borrowers to wipe the slate clean of their overdue library fines — if they just read.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" at The Dutch Tavern? "Hey Ho Let's Go: The Ramones" on Rockaway Beach? As we enter the hottest, laziest days of summer, The Takeaway wants to know what you're reading and where you're reading it — no matter what it is and where you are. It's part of our summer book club series.
Monday, July 04, 2011
In July, our Summer Book Club continues. This month, Celeste Headlee picks her reads. She explains her reading philosophy with a little help from our listeners, noting that heavy lifting doesn't necessarily fit with the beach. She says your summer reading should keep your mind "high and light."
Thursday, June 09, 2011
By Beth Fertig
The school year isn't over yet, and technically it isn't even summer. But as temps soared into the 90s Thursday, the New York Public Library launched its annual summer reading program. And for the first time, the library will let students count Internet reading along with books in their summer diaries.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor David Lipsky won a National Magazine Award for writing about the late author David Foster Wallace last year. We talk to Lipsky about his recent book, "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," and his travels with the author. We also hear from Wallace's sister, Amy Wallace-Havens, on her brother's legacy.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Planning a summer vacation? We’re making a summer reading list to help you pick some really good books to delve into during your free time. Last week we spoke to Hilary Thayer Hamman, the author of "Anthropology of an American Girl." We also asked you about what’s on your reading list for this summer. Calypso, from Oklahoma, wrote in to our website with his suggestion: A romance/mystery novel called "Paper Towns" by John Greene. A good thriller always delivers, too, and author Justin Cronin’s new book "The Passage," is getting a lot of attention for its apocalyptic twist on the vampire theme.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Justin Cronin : Author
Excerpt from "The Passage," by Justin Cronin.
Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes. Not a job interview, exactly; it had been made clear to Wolgast that the assignment was his if he wanted it. A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he’d actually managed to fall asleep. He stepped from the van into the bright sunshine of a summer afternoon. He stretched and looked around. From the topography, he’d have guessed he was somewhere around Telluride. It could have been further north. The air felt thin and clean in his lungs; he felt the dull throb of a high-altitude headache at the top of his skull.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
What book are you taking to the beach? We kicked off our summer reading series with an interview with "Anthropology of an American Girl" author, Hilary Thayer Hamann, and we've been asking for your reading suggestions. The series will keep going all summer, so come back to add books you love to the list, and take suggestions from other listeners.