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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Laura Joplin (BSS #9)

Author: Laura Joplin Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fresh from an unexpected vacation, feeling unloved. Subjects Discussed: Remembering Janis Joplin years later, unexpected letters from Janis, Laura Joplin’s bio vs. Myra Friedman’s bio, growing up in the Joplin household, Janis’ literary interests, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dick Cavett, clarifying the heroin overdose, the qualifications of

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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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Periel Aschenbrand (BSS #7)

Approximate Interview Date: An afternoon in San Francisco in late August, 2005 Author: Periel Aschenbrand Condition of Mr. Segundo: Strangely ambiguous about his identity. Subjects Discussed: Balance between the personal and the political, evolution of The Only Bush I Trust is My Own and Body as Billboard, getting clearance from friends and family, online dating,

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Norman Solomon (BSS #6)

Approximate Date: An evening in the Mission in mid-August, 2005 Author: Norman Solomon Condition of Mr. Segundo: Lonely, wistful, about as romantic as Mr. Segundo is capable of. Subjects Discussed: The relationship between government policy and media, the U.S. government as advertising model, war as product, Charlotte Beers, the element of casualties, use of the

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iTunes Music Store

For those who have asked, the Bat Segundo Show is now available through the iTunes Music Store. Do a search for “Segundo” and it should crop up. Still trying to figure out how to get the info fields to register. But hopefully we’ll get the kinks worked out in the coming week. Be Sociable, Share!

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Paula Kamen (BSS #5)

Approximate Date: A sunny afternoon in early August, 2005 Author: Paula Kamen Condition of Mr. Segundo: More of a complainer than usual, but feeling either paternal or pathological. Subjects Discussed: Balancing memoir and microhistory, Chronic Daily Headache (CDH) and its recent medical classification, newspaper articles that perpetuate an unlived life, writing a book while suffering

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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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Forthcoming Podcasts

The next show will probably include two author interviews and the Bat Segundo crew hopes to get this up no later than Monday. This week, we’ve lined up five more authors for future shows. We’re committed to making the Segundo Show a weekly reality. Keep watching these pages for future updates. (And if you’re an

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Getting Started

Okay. Looks like we’re now up and running with the whole podcasting thing. Special thanks to Jay Allen for helping out the neophytes at the Bat Segundo Studio with the RSS stuff. Be Sociable, Share!

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Jonathan Ames (BSS #3)

Our third episode is our first conversation with Jonathan Ames — this one, in relation to Wake Up, Sir! Ames would be the first writer to appear twice on the program, returning to Show #25. He would later be involved with various film and television projects. But we talked with him way back when. Condition

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