Month: December 2011

Bat Segundo Will Return in January 2012!

The Bat Segundo Show will be taking a break for the holidays. But we plan to return with fresh conversations in early January! In the meantime, feel free to sift through the more than 400 conversations in our archive. Thanks again for listening! Read More

William Kennedy (BSS #427)

William Kennedy is most recently the author of Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes. For related material, you can read my Modern Library Reading Challenge essay on Ironweed. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Caught in a migratory comedy of errors. Author: William Kennedy Subjects Discussed: Resonances in historical fiction that align with the present day, the William Read More


Joyce Carol Oates (BSS #426)

Joyce Carol Oates is most recently the author of The Corn Maiden and the editor of New Jersey Noir. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with needless tempers and false heaters. Author: Joyce Carol Oates PROGRAM NOTE: For many years, I had hoped to schedule Joyce Carol Oates on this program. And the opportunity at long Read More


Dennis Cooper (BSS #425)

Dennis Cooper is most recently the author of The Marbled Swarm. Subjects Discussed: Cannibalism, worming, BDSM, “industriously garbled syntax,” reconciling confusion within literature, being a Francophile, Rimbaud, irritating certain readers, attempts to tame language, Alain Robbe-Grillet, de Sade, Cooper’s efforts to disguise his own voice, violent metaphors as a writing strategy, shock value, listening to Read More


Charles Yu (BSS #424)

Charles Yu is most recently the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Saying goodbye before saying hello. Author: Charles Yu Subjects Discussed: Accusations of egomania, Abbott and Costello, the real Charles Yu vs. the fictive Charles Yu, writing a novel in a nonlinear fashion, how time Read More


Wayne Koestenbaum (BSS #423)

Wayne Koestenbaum is most recently the author of Humiliation. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fully considering the witnesses. Author: Wayne Koestenbaum Subjects Discussed: Whether a deliberate slander of a surname is a humiliation, the three components of humiliation (victim, abuser, and witness), the differences between recorded humiliation and experiential humiliation, spectacles of martyrdom, preexisting humiliation and Read More