Month: July 2006

OGIC, Scott Esposito & Edie Meidav (BSS #51)

Guests: OGIC, Scott Esposito and Edie Meidav (LBC Nominee, Summer 2006). Condition of Mr. Segundo: Running away from the Bolsheviks. Subjects Discussed: Dancing about architecture, Humbert Humbert, antiheroes, character names and wordplay, Nabokov, the memory of environment vs. its inevitable change, balancing secondary characters against a complex protagonist, the real-life inspiration for the wastrels, writing Read More

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John Updike (BSS #50)

Author: John Updike Condition of Mr. Segundo: Defending himself against obnoxious talk show hosts and ready to move on. Subjects Discussed: Epigraphs, faith and disbelief, starting Terrorist with a Catholic priest, first person vs. third person, on writing upon Americana, post-9/11 symbolism, humanism vs. pessimism, blow jobs, Christopher Hitchens, the state of the September 11 Read More

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Dave King (BSS #49)

Author: Dave King Condition of Mr. Segundo: Unknown, replaced temporarily by a shady documentary producer fulfilling a contractual obligation. Subjects Discussed: Modeling, painting, making a transition to writing, ambition, disabilities, self-help, italicized words, iambic pentameter, sincerity in an age of literary realism, Richard Yates, the early ending to The Ha-Ha, getting The Ha-Ha published, Vietnam Read More

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Colson Whitehead (BSS #48)

Author: Colson Whitehead Condition of Mr. Segundo: Dismayed by advertising jingle trios and interruptions; more than vaguely litigious. Subjects Discussed: Living in San Francisco, working at CNET, writing on the clock, the importance of names, Theodore Judah, microhistories, the influence of 9/11 upon Apex, metaphors, toes, writing about work, James Wood, didacticism, masculinity, the influence Read More

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