Reluctant Habits

The Bat Segundo Show: Miranda July

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In this 20 minute radio interview, Miranda July discusses her latest movie, The Future, screaming out windows in real life, and outside forces that compel artists.

The Bat Segundo Show: Megan Abbott

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In this one hour radio interview, we talk with Megan Abbott about The End of Everything, crime fiction, childhood paper games, psychoanalysis, strangers having sex in motel rooms, and much more!

Stone Arabia Roundtable — Part Five

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In our final installment of the Stone Arabia discussion, we hear new thoughts from ten of our participants — including Full Stop’s Alex Shephard and a lengthy response from Dana Spiotta herself!

Stone Arabia Roundtable — Part Four

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Our fourth roundtable installment features Susan Straight remarking upon the book after a death in the family, Porochista Khakpour coming to grips with her Los Angeles past and her academic present, Roxane Gay pursuing the issue of supporting women’s writers, and Judith Zissman investigating memory.

The Bat Segundo Show: Emma Forrest

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In this 30 minute radio interview, Emma Forrest discusses her memoir, Your Voice in My Head and offers Terence Stamp’s General Zod as an unusual personal comparison point.

Stone Arabia Roundtable — Part Three

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Our third roundtable installment features Lydia Kiesling, Paula Bomer, and more — with thoughts on authenticity, early Internet culture, polyamory, and punk rock.

Review: Tabloid (2011)

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In the first of two reviews we plan to run, Sarah Weinman frames Errol Morris’s Tabloid against the phone hacking scandal.

Stone Arabia Roundtable — Part Two

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Our second installment features a footnote-charged cover dissection from Darby Dixon, thoughts on reader obligation from Robert Birnbaum, insights into concession from Insulted by Authors’s Bill Ryan, and connections to hoarding from Roxane Gay.

Stone Arabia Roundtable — Part One

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Our first installment features Edward Champion, Sarah Weinman, Levi Asher, and Diane Leach discussing artistic integrity, the music world, Ada Lovelace, Thomas Kinkade, Sontag, and public dissection.

The Bat Segundo Show: Edie Meidav II

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In this 45 minute radio interview, Edie Meidav discusses her new novel, Lola, California.

The Bat Segundo Show: James Marsh

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In this 20 minute radio interview, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker James Marsh discusses Project Nim, chimpanzees and language, and explains why he’s so damn prickly.

Midnight’s Children (Modern Library #90)

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In the next installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge, we tackle Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children!

The Bat Segundo: Aimee Bender II

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In this 40 minute radio interview, Aimee Bender returns to our program to discuss The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, memorizing poetry, Edward Hopper, and positive pessimism.