Reluctant Habits

The Bat Segundo Show: Louis Hyman

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In this jam-packed 50 minute radio interview with historian Louis Hyman, we crack jokes and discuss in detail how Americans became reliant upon credit over the last century.

The Bat Segundo Show: Catherine Chung

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In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist Catherine Chung discusses Forgotten Country, giving up the ghost, grief, Korean American identity, racism, bullying, and the challenges of drawing from personal experience.

The Bat Segundo Show: Hari Kunzru, Part Two

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In this 50 minute radio interview, our massive conversation with Hari Kunzru continues. We get into 1980s personal computers, Michael Moorcock, and needless divisions between genre and literature. And we also issue a vital retraction.

Mike Daisey Lies on This American Life; Theaters Won’t Cancel Performances or Issue Refunds

Posted by in daisey-mike, Theater, This American Life

This lengthy report reveals the extent of Mike Daisey’s lies on This American Life and the responses of theaters to the news.

New Directors/New Films: Crulic: The Path to Beyond (2011)

Posted by in Film, New Directors/New Films

Did a Romanian man awaiting trial on a minor charge have to die of a hunger strike? And is the film which tells his story entirely honorable?

The Bat Segundo Show: Hari Kunzru, Part One

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The first 40 minutes of an epic radio interview with Gods Without Men author Hari Kunzru have been released. The conversation touches upon issues of faith, flash crashes, illusions, ethical responsibilities in fiction, political violence, and Robert Coover — and we’re only just getting started.

The Bat Segundo Show: Adam Wilson

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In this wide-ranging one hour radio interview, Adam Wilson discusses his debut novel, Flatscreen, the Slanket, men who cook, Saul Bellow, adults who live with their parents, and numerous other subjects.

New Directors/New Films: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)

Posted by in Film, New Directors/New Films

This 1,400 word essay on Terence Nance’s intriguing personal documentary compares it to The Americanization of Emily and unwittingly mimics Terence Nance’s structural form in its consideration.

New Directors/New Films: The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Posted by in evans-gareth, Film, New Directors/New Films

In our first New Directors/New Films dispatch, we praise Gareth Evans’s stylish martial arts thriller from Indonesia.

The Bat Segundo Show: Adam Johnson

Posted by in Bat Segundo, johnson-adam, North Korea

In this one hour radio interview, Adam Johnson discusses his novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, North Korea, fact, fiction, and Kim Jong-Il as an absurd figure.

The Bat Segundo Show: Sara Levine

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In this 30 minute radio interview, we discuss Robert Louis Stevenson and unnamed protagonists with the author of Treasure Island!!!

Andrew Breitbart, Pillar of Hate and Distortion, Dead at 43

Posted by in breitbart-andrew, Obits, Politics

Our obituary of one of the most hateful men in contemporary American politics — the “malicious pontificator who liked to run websites featuring the word ‘big’”