Month: November 2011

Alan Hollinghurst (BSS #422)

Alan Hollinghurst appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #422. He is most recently the author of The Stranger’s Child. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a new career that has nothing to do with literary biography. Author: Alan Hollinghurst Subjects Discussed: Ivy Compton-Burnett, attention to character panoramas in 21st century literature, the appeal of huge gaps Read More

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Téa Obreht (BSS #421)

Téa Obreht is most recently the author of The Tiger’s Wife, winner of the Orange Prize and finalist for the National Book Awards (to be announced on Wednesday: check out Reluctant Habits and the Twitter feed for live coverage from the floor that evening). Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a future in which writers are Read More

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Lawrence Weschler (BSS #420)

Lawrence Weschler is most recently the author of Uncanny Valley. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Feeling 95% himself, wondering why he recoils at his mirror image. Author: Lawrence Weschler Subjects Discussed: Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Zeno’s paradox, the difficulties of animating the face, getting past the uncanny valley in our lifetime, Quidditch matches, the human face Read More

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Diana Abu-Jaber (BSS #419)

Diana Abu-Jaber is most recently the author of Birds of Paradise. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Salivating in tandem with his diminishing wallet. Author: Diana Abu-Jaber Subjects Discussed: The dangers of French pastries, Abu-Jaber’s propensity for describing food in lurid terms, growing up with food-obsessed parents, wooing people and readers with food, Abu-Jaber’s former life as Read More

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Weird Al Yankovic (BSS #418)

Weird Al Yankovic’s most recent album is Alpocalypse. Many thanks to Jay Levey for helping to make this unlikely conversation happen. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Got skills, he’s a champion of D&D. Guest: Weird Al Yankovic Subjects Discussed: Whether most people in the world are doing okay, Weird Al’s longevity, a fastidious concern for the Read More

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