Reluctant Habits

Jeffrey Ford (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 40 minute radio interview, the great and mighty Jeffrey Ford returns to our program to discuss his short story collection, Crackpot Palace, how to stay original, the burdens of genre, and the benefits of slightly broken stories.

Ariel S. Winter (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist Ariel S. Winter discusses how he approached Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson as pastiches and reveals the Hard Case Crime editing style.

Paula Bomer (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this one hour interview, novelist Paula Bomer discusses hyperbolic journalists, judgment of women, needless snobbery, telling the truth, and how geographical area affects perception of mothers.

Martin Amis (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this special one hour radio interview, Martin Amis responds to charges of class anxiety, discusses the London riots, Syria, incest, income inequality, and gives us the lowdown on the infamous Space Invaders book.

Lisa Cohen (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this one hour radio interview, biographer Lisa Cohen discusses Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta, Madge Garland, a rare early radio program devoted to women’s issues, and numerous other aspects of 1920s literary and fashion culture,

Laura Lippman (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this one hour radio interview, novelist Laura Lippman discusses And When She Was Good, failed perfectionism, personal blind spots, the pros and cons of legalizing prostitution, and why deadly and highly specific paper shredders are good for narrative.

Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 20 minute radio interview, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud discuss Chicken with Plums, adapting graphic novels to film, and why death threats are ideal for the creative process.

The Zeitoun Foundation’s Finances: An Investigation

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Why are The Zeitoun Foundation’s financial documents in such disarray? Our investigative report reveals how the McSweeney’s foundation has allocated its funds.

Katie Kitamura (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist Katie Kitamura discusses Gone to the Forest, the benefits of broken language and short sentences, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, and how removing one’s voice reveals unanticipated human truths.

David Rakoff (1964-2012)

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My remembrance of the witty essayist David Rakoff.

Julie Delpy (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 20 minute radio interview, filmmaker Julie Delpy discusses eccentric behavior, Franco-American perceptions, what French people do with thermometers, being an obsessive, finding the right toothbrush sound, Belvedere Castle, and romantic fairy tales.

Megan Abbott (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist Megan Abbott returns to our program to discuss the niceties of cheerleading culture, using Richard III as a loose narrative structure, serial killers, and tennis espionage.

Why Being Nice Means Nothing

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In the last week, there’s been a lot of talk about being nice in the literary world. This essay outlines the misleading qualities of the word and articulates why honesty, tolerance of other viewpoints, and an open mind are the real qualities to advocate.

Uzodinma Iweala (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this 30 minute radio interview, author Uzodinma Iweala discusses the importance of oral storytelling, how cultural stereotypes continue to impact AIDS awareness in Africa, needless fear and hysteria, and unexpected parallels between the United States and Nigeria.

A Room with a View (Modern Library #79)

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In this latest Modern Library essay, we offer our hostile thoughts on Merchant Ivory films, contemplate how many Cecil Vyse types were killed off during the war, and investigate E.M. Forster’s humanity.

Brideshead Revisited (Modern Library #80)

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The latest Modern Library Reading Challenge essay responds to claims that Evelyn Waugh was “a bi-curious hipster boyfriend,” investigates the mysterious relationship between Charles and Sebastian, and gets into cultural dichotomies.