Month: December 2007

David Rakoff, Part Two (BSS #168)

David Rakoff is the author of Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable, and a contributor to This American Life. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Bitter towards cheapskates. Author: David Rakoff Subjects Discussed: What type of journalist Rakoff is, being careful with revealing a personal life, Gypsy Rose Lee, whether or not Rakoff has contacted the people Read More

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David Rakoff, Part One (BSS #167)

David Rakoff is the author of Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable, and a contributor to This American Life. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering his fraudulent nature. Author: David Rakoff Subjects Discussed: Being indoors, how Rakoff gets outdoors to write a travel piece, the necessity of deadlines, writing not for money, Rakoff’s homemade furnishings, performing Read More

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Dave White (BSS #166)

Dave White is the author of When One Man Dies. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hostile towards Our Young, Roving Correspondent’s inability to spell “Jack Daniel’s” correctly. Author: Dave White Subjects Discussed: John Donne quotes, first names and hangovers, Billy Martin and the Yankees, war veterans, color blindness, Anthony Burgess, first-person and third-person chapters, having an Read More

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Howard Jacobson (BSS #165)

Howard Jacobson is the author of Kalooki Nights. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Taking umbrage with card game titles. Author: Howard Jacobson Subjects Discussed: The onus of being on tour, the strange exercise of talking about books, loose trousers, the Jewish relationship with the body, being Jewish in England, jokes and audience reaction, Seriously Funny, Jewish Read More

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Peter Fernandez & Corinne Orr (BSS #164)

Peter Fernandez and Corinne Orr are best known for their voiceover work on Speed Racer. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Trying to figure out why his voice gone all funny. Guests: Peter Fernandez and Corinne Orr Subjects Discussed: Being referred to as a voiceover artist vs. being referred to as an actor, dubbing foreign films into Read More

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Jess Walter (BSS #163)

Jess Walter is the author of the 2006 National Book Award-nominated book, The Zero. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hostile towards definite articles. Author: Jess Walter Subjects Discussed: Writing novels with protagonists groping for an identity, political allegory, growing up in Spokane, authors who fail to address grit and the working class, looking at New York Read More

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Ken Kalfus (BSS #162)

Ken Kalfus is the author of the 2006 National Book Award-nominated book, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country. Condition of Mr. Segundo: On the defensive in relation to disorders and his divorce. Author: Ken Kalfus Subjects Discussed: The outlandish nature of Peculiar in relation with the more realist tone of Thirst, designing an episodic novel, Read More

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Stewart O’Nan (BSS #161)

Stewart O’Nan is the author of Last Night at the Lobster. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Permitting authors to depict his sad quotidian life. Author: Stewart O’Nan Subjects Discussed: The anonymous perception of the service sector, avoiding legal clearances from the Red Lobster, personal loyalty and honor vs. corporations, High Noon, the advantages of a setting Read More

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Will Self (BSS #160)

Will Self is the author of Psychogeography and The Book of Dave. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Frightened by walking and crosswalk signals. Author: Will Self Subjects Discussed: The overlapping relationship between The Book of Dave and Psychogeography, topographical narrative, Nicholson Baker, Nabokov’s rule about topographical necessity and novels, John Updike’s Brazil, the Post-It notes in Read More

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Garth Risk Hallberg (BSS #159)

Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A Field Guide to the North American Family. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering alternatives to artsy-fartsy books. Author: Garth Risk Hallberg Subjects Discussed: Authoring a conceptual book with veto power over the designer, family detachment, cross-references, Bay Area literary magazines, the McSweeney’s influence, Em Magazine, book art practitioners, Read More

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Yannick Murphy II (BSS #158)

Yannick Murphy is most recently the author of Signed, Mata Hari. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Abdicating any and all Mata Hari dreams for a far more noble ideal. Author: Yannick Murphy Subjects Discussed: The juxtaposition of first person, second person, and third person within Signed, Mata Hari, the loss of Mata Hari’s voice within the Read More

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