Fiction

Lizzie Skurnick & Wendy Lesser (BSS #13)

Authors: Lizzie Skurnick and Wendy Lesser Condition of Mr. Segundo: Slightly hoarse but nostalgic for trains. Subjects Discussed: The mania of poets, poetic meters, the prejudice against Spenserian stanza, the difficulties of getting a poetry collection published, writing while driving, husband poems, masturbation, clandestine encounters, educating a native Californian about Tyringham, Mass., Horace, the use […]

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Lydia Millet (BSS #12)

Author: Lydia Millet Condition of Mr. Segundo: Repentant, perpelxed and adjusting to a sudden change. Subjects Discussed: Beer at 11:30 AM, Richard Rhodes, Wold Newton, American Prometheus, getting biographical details wrong, the influence of fiction vs. nonfiction, the displacement of major historical figures, narrative juggling acts, freakishness in literature, Lynda Barry, obstacles in being a […]

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Laila Lalami (BSS #11)

[PRODUCER’S NOTE: Jorge was unavailable this week. So we were forced to enlist a man who claimed to have performed voiceover work for the 1970s incarnation of Battlestar Galactica to precede Mr. Segundo. Efforts are being made to coax Jorge back to the program, but it’s a little complicated. Mr. Segundo explains the problem in […]

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T.C. Boyle (BSS #10)

Author: T.C. Boyle Condition of Mr. Segundo: Terse, conserving energies for a drink. Subjects Discussed: Boyle as one of the original bloggaz, how Boyle arranges his short stories for his collections, John Cheever, how Boyle got into the New Yorker, the current state of the short story market, the future of literature, country music, historical […]

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Bret Easton Ellis (BSS #8)

Approximate Interview Date: Early September 2005 in a locked hotel conference room. Author: Bret Easton Ellis Condition of Mr. Segundo: Cold and impoverished. Subjects Discussed: The two Brets, finding the voice of Bret the narrator, “ten years on an outline,” metafiction, origins of Lunar Park, Stephen King, the use of brand name description in fiction, […]

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Amanda Filipacchi & Kevin Smokler (BSS #4)

Approximate Date: July 31, 2005 Authors: Amanda Filipacchi and Kevin Smokler Condition of Bat Segundo: In an unspecified condition of “pain.” More sober than usual, pining for scotch and merlot. Subjects Discussed: Stalking, dark comedy, intense behavior, Harriet Klausner, chick lit, keeping lists, sex, the politically incorrect, the menage a trois, class-based characters, free time, […]

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