Month: March 2012

Louis Hyman (BSS #443)

Louis Hyman is most recently the author of Borrow. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why the banks don’t cut him off like the bartenders do. Author: Louis Hyman Subjects Discussed: How common American notions of cash and credit shifted in less than a hundred years, an alarming Freddie Mac ad involving magical gnomes, the history Read More

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Catherine Chung (BSS #442)

Catherine Chung is most recently the author of Forgotten Country. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he left his car keys in Korea. Author: Catherine Chung Subjects Discussed: How Forgotten Country emerged from multiple stories, finding inspiration from disappearance, mysterious ghost monks that couldn’t float their way into the narrative, getting to know a character’s Read More

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Hari Kunzru, Part Two (BSS #441)

Hari Kunzru is most recently the author of Gods Without Men. This is the second of a two part conversation. The first part can be listened to here. But I’m afraid that This American Life isn’t the only program forced to issue a retraction. We’ve discovered that one of our longest conversations contained numerous extensions. Read More

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Hari Kunzru, Part One (BSS #440)

Hari Kunzru is most recently the author of Gods Without Men. This is the first of a two part conversation. The second part can be listened to at The Bat Segundo Show #441. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wrestling with issues of conversational faith. Author: Hari Kunzru Subjects Discussed: Variants of faith in the author/reader covenant, Read More

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Adam Wilson (BSS #439)

Adam Wilson is most recently the author of Flatscreen. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking his remote control and his dignity within an armed blanket. Author: Adam Wilson Subjects Discussed: Wilson’s dislike of flying, Will Self’s rules for writers, Flatscreen‘s televisual influence, working at Flavorpill, innovating literature through the Slanket, attempts to win television watchers to Read More

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Adam Johnson (BSS #438)

Adam Johnson is most recently the author of The Orphan Master’s Son. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Revising his own narrative. Author: Adam Johnson Subjects Discussed: Growing up in Arizona, reading a novel as an act of faith and how style reflects that, narrative which mimics Casablanca, storytelling as the North Korean identity, being the center Read More

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Sara Levine (BSS #437)

Sara Levine is most recently the author of Treasure Island!!! Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking elusive parrot memoirs. Author: Sara Levine Subjects Discussed: Ways to state exclamation marks in conversation, unreliable narrators, verbal flair, taking qualities away from a character to create a voice, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, on Levine not Read More

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