Month: April 2012

Jeanette Winterson (BSS #451)

Jeanette Winterson is most recently the author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Condition of Mr. Segundo: Reconsidering the ever-shifting happy/normal life spectrum. Author: Jeanette Winterson Subjects Discussed: How the brain spins around, getting two marriage proposals, sleeping in a brothel in Los Angeles, people who copulate in corridors, “part fact part Read More

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Tom Bissell, Part Two (BSS #450)

Tom Bissell is most recently the author of Magic Hours. This is the second of a two-part conversation. The first part establishes Bissell’s peripatetic history and gets into his recent shift into video games, and can be listened to here. The second part gets into some entirely unanticipated truths about the relationship between life and Read More

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Tom Bissell, Part One (BSS #449)

Tom Bissell is most recently the author of Magic Hours. This is the first of a two part conversation. The first part establishes Bissell’s peripatetic history and gets into his recent creative shift into video games. The second part gets into some entirely unanticipated truths about the relationship between life and words in 2012, among Read More

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Jonah Lehrer (BSS #448)

Jonah Leher is most recently the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Brown-bagging his imaginative faculties. Author: Jonah Lehrer Subjects Discussed: Continuum’s development of the Swiffer, Shakespeare, whether creativity that originates from theft is acceptable, Bob Dylan, conceptual blending, efforts to defend aerosol cheese spray, bacon cocktails, Dick Crew, Don Lee, Read More

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Steve Erickson II (BSS #447)

Steve Erickson is most recently the author of These Dreams of You. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #180. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contriving plans to join a community of one half. Author: Steve Erickson) Subjects Discussed: Writing a novel around short bursts, plagiarizing the future, The Sea Came In at Midnight, the Read More

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Nancy Cohen (BSS #446)

Nancy Cohen is most recently the author of Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Getting in touch with his humanist side. Author: Nancy L. Cohen Subjects Discussed: Rep. Darrell Issa and the contraception hearing, Komen for the Cure, when the Republican Party was better about women’s rights, the Equal Read More

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Maggie Anderson (BSS #445)

Maggie Anderson is most recently the author of Our Black Year: Our Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy. [PROGRAM NOTE: The universe did nearly everything in its power to prevent Ms. Anderson from appearing on The Bat Segundo Show. On the day that I was scheduled to meet Ms. Anderson in Read More

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Alain de Botton (BSS #444)

Alain de Botton is most recently the author of Religion for Atheists. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking pragmatic forms of belief. Author: Alain de Botton Subjects Discussed: The difficulties of turning other people onto enthusiastic concepts, why religion draws extremists on all sides of the debate, attempting to fight capitalism through a new belief system, Read More

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