Reluctant Habits

The Bat Segundo Show: Samuel R. Delany

Posted by in Bat Segundo, delany-samuel, interview

In this 45 minute interview, legendary author Samuel R. Delany discusses his new ambitious novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, Spinoza, people who are diaphanous to the forces of history, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.

The Bat Segundo Show: Timothy Noah

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Income Inequality, interview, Labor, noah-timothy

In this chewy 40 minute radio interview, we talk with journalist Timothy Noah about The Great Divergence, labor, the skills gap, income inequality, the increasing cost of education, and why Americans aren’t staring these hard realities in the face.

The Bat Segundo Show: Florence Williams

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Breast Cancer, Breasts, interview, williams-florence

In this 30 minute radio interview, science journalist Florence Williams discusses breasts, industrial chemicals, contaminated milk, implants, and the prospect of lactating moms with pitchforks.

The Bat Segundo Show: Molly Crabapple

Posted by in Art, Bat Segundo, crabapple-molly, interview

In this 30 minute radio interview, artist Molly Crabapple discusses her Week in Hell, surviving as an artist, the boundaries between art and commercialism, and the benefits that accordion players offer for illustration.

A Sense of Proportion

Posted by in Acknowledgments, kraus-gideon-lewis

On the publication of my eight word memoir, I take the time to thank the many people who helped me during the writing of this most important book.

The Bat Segundo Show: Robert A. Caro

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Politics

In this one hour radio interview, legendary Lyndon B. Johnson biographer Robert A. Caro discusses The Passage of Power, the fierce qualities it takes to be the greatest legislator of the 20th century, LBJ’s rivalries with the Kennedys, and why character is so essential to politics.

Review: Dark Shadows (2012)

Posted by in burton-tim, Dark Shadows, Film, Reviews

An essay on Tim Burton’s disastrous reimagining of Dark Shadows and the lessons he has failed to learn from the original series.

Wayne Shannon: A Video Tribute

Posted by in San Francisco, shannon-wayne, Television

A twenty-one video salute to the late broadcaster Wayne Shannon, featuring his muckraking days in Detroit, his acerbic KRON commentaries in San Francisco, and his investigative journalism.

The Bat Segundo Show: Stewart O’Nan II

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, o'nan-stewart

In this one hour radio interview recorded at McNally Jackson, Stewart O’Nan discusses his novel The Odds, reads from the notebook he always carries on him, and even belts out Heart lyrics before an assembled crowd.

The Bat Segundo Show: Annalena McAfee

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Journalism, mcafee-annalena

In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist and recovering journalist Annalena McAfee discusses her novel, The Spoiler, the problems with contemporary journalism, women in journalism, and being edited by a famous husband.

The Bat Segundo Show: Eric Kandel

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, kandel-eric

In this 30 minute radio interview with the Novel laureate, Eric Kandel discusses his new book The Age of Insight, the intersection between art and neuroscience, and the Vienna Secession.

Remembering Wayne Shannon (1948-2012)

Posted by in Obits, shannon-wayne, Television

My memories of the needlessly neglected newscaster, and a story of how innocuous online preservation can bring a family together.