Kirstin Allio & Dan Wickett (BSS #23)

Authors: Dan Wickett and Kirstin Allio Condition of Mr. Segundo: Snubbed and pining for Beelzebub. Subjects Discussed: The ideal of the perfect sentence, Faulkner, research, New Hampshire, 1920s vernacular, the controversy of Mrs. Heald, drafting Garner, agents and literary fiction, literary influences, Wallace Stegner, naming names, cemeteries, the difficulties of writing about girlhood, and being Read More

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Rupert Thomson, Edward Falco, Megan Sullivan & Scott Esposito (BSS #22)

Authors: Megan Sullivan, Rupert Thomson, Scott Esposito and Edward Falco. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking for answers in British science fiction. Subjects Discussed: How the idea came about, relentlessly cheery Swedish girlfriends, how Rupert Thomson processes his prodigious research, Ian McEwan, inspiration vs. craft, the trappings of being a “speculative fiction writer,” entertaining novels vs. Read More

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Ander Monson, Elizabeth Crane, Sam Jones & C. Max Magee (BSS #21)

Authors: Sam Jones, Ander Monson, C. Max Magee and Elizabeth Crane. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Snubbed and self-righteous. Subjects Discussed: Visceral voice vs. conceptual voice, the book’s origins, the Monson universe of stories, snow, self-help books, postmodernism, the war on ambitious fiction, John Barth, the original expansive form of Other Electricities, Twin Peaks, book design, Read More

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Dave Barry (BSS #20)

Author: Dave Barry Condition of Mr. Segundo: Reduced to second-string narrator. Subjects Discussed: Suze Orman, footnotes, Donald Trump, lawsuits, phone calls from Paul Anka, daily affirmations, indices, sex with ducks, buzz cuts (1960 vs. 2005), the boomerang generation, getting reviewed in the NYTBR, Dave Barry deconstructs our Young, Roving Correspondent’s baroque speaking style, snobbery, humor, Read More

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Jay Ryan (BSS #19)

Author: Jay Ryan Condition of Mr. Segundo: Not savvy with current music but remarkably focused. Subjects Discussed: How Jay Ryan transforms a concept to music poster, whether or not squirrels attack astronauts, Shellac, Werner Herzog, hand-drawn typography, grumpiness, what happens when bands get an unexpected poster, printing on a mechanical press, smudge marks, bleeding, Rockwell Read More

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Feed Update & LBC Tie-In

Okay, folks, bear with us. Lots of changes and developments. First off, we apologize for the temporary generic template. We’ve shifted over to WordPress and we’ve been trying to get the RSS stuff tweaked. By the end of the week, we’ll get things squared away. We’re also working on getting everything more compatible for you Read More

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Chris Elliott (BSS #18)

Author: Chris Elliott Condition of Mr. Segundo: Immersed in the past with a baseball bat cut from a tree. Subjects Discussed: Lack of sleep from both parties, the lure of money, the Chris Elliott persona vs. the real Chris Elliott, Jack the Ripper, parodies, Alan Moore’s From Hell, research, trying to read while acting, on Read More

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LBC/Segundo Tie-In

We’re pleased to announce that our Young, Roving Correspondent will be talking with the five nominees for this quarter’s round of LBC goodness. The podcasts will first be released in five installments at the LBC site and will then be edited into two or three Segundo shows here. More information about what the LBC is Read More

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Mark Ames (BSS #17)

Author: Mark Ames Condition of Mr. Segundo: Relaxed and possibly malingering. Subjects Discussed: Falling asleep during interviews, online terror threats, myspace.com, language as a source of enslavement, using linguistics to prove a thesis, the similarities between slavery and MBA management theory, the advantages of being both an expatriate and anthropologist, Hunter S. Thompson, conformity, rage Read More

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Feed Notice

If you’re having issues with the feed, we apologize. Please bear with us. We hope to get the feed situation tweaked (along with a major overhaul of this site) over the weekend. And then the podcasts should flow again like agua. Be Sociable, Share! Read More

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Aimee Bender (BSS #16)

Author: Aimee Bender Condition of Mr. Segundo: Still missing. A conspiracy theorist has been enlisted to account for his disappearance. Subjects Discussed: Attention to precision, Flann O’Brien, strange logic, Monty Python, first-person voice, Steve Erickson and The Black Clock, Jeffrey Eugenides, multiple personality disorder, grading papers, publishing short stories with dirty titles in literary journals, Read More

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Octavia Butler (BSS #15)

Author: Octavia Butler Condition of Mr. Segundo: Unknown. We can’t find him this week. Subjects Discussed: Anne Rice, the advantages of writing vampire novels, research, the ambiguities of “persistently repulsive” material, Fledgling as ripping vampire yarn and multilayered quest story, setting vampire rules, naming character names, the influence of the state of Washington upon atmosphere, Read More

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