Tag: books

Lawrence Weschler (BSS #420)

Lawrence Weschler is most recently the author of Uncanny Valley. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Feeling 95% himself, wondering why he recoils at his mirror image. Author: Lawrence Weschler Subjects Discussed: Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Zeno’s paradox, the difficulties of animating the face, getting past the uncanny valley in our lifetime, Quidditch matches, the human face Read More

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Anne Enright (BSS #417)

Anne Enright is most recently the author of The Forgotten Waltz. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Troublesomely willing to sign on the dotted line. Author: Anne Enright Subjects Discussed: Writing a novel as a minute allegory of the Celtic Tiger, Gresham’s law, books with shifting moral alignment, marriage as a financial relationship, punctuation and subordinate clauses Read More

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Alexander Maksik (BSS #411)

Alexander Maksik is most recently the author of You Deserve Nothing. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Staring into unreliable news outlets for confirmation of existence. Author: Alexander Maksik Subjects Discussed: Writing an anti-Parisian novel in Paris, experiential qualities that find their way into fiction, being seduced by a cliche, reading Camus in the original, English prose Read More

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Alex Shakar (BSS #410)

Alex Shakar is most recently the author of Lumanarium. Condition of Mr. Segundo: In search of a zendo to teach him a few cheap tricks. Author: Alex Shakar Subjects Discussed: Splitting novelists into scientists and mystics, how location and characters transmute over multiple drafts, novelists who are prescient about their health, spirituality, writing about the Read More

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TC Boyle IV (BSS #385)

TC Boyle is most recently the author of When the Killing’s Done. This is his fourth appearance on the program. He has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo #273, The Bat Segundo Show #70, and The Bat Segundo Show #10. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering a savage swim to the Channel Islands. Author: T. Coraghessan Read More

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Insulted by Authors (BSS #384)

Bill Ryan is the proprietor of the website Insulted by Authors. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Insulted by humorless people. Guest: Bill Ryan Subjects Discussed: Taking unexpected tumbles in life, why insults are the best way to pop the cherry of the author-reader relationship, being the son of a scientist, dodging dodgy publicists, being identified as Read More

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Toby Ball (BSS #380)

Toby Ball is most recently the author of The Vaults. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Spilling green ink all over the public records. Author: Toby Ball Subjects Discussed: The descriptive connection between sound and voice, Ball’s background in teaching, envisioning a scene before writing it, devising a 1935 parallel universe, alternative forms of photography, prethinking information Read More

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Paul Murray, Part Two (BSS #371)

Paul Murray is most recently the author of Skippy Dies. On December 5, 2010, the Irish novelist Paul Murray encountered one of Mr. Segundo’s many agents before a full audience at Word Brooklyn. The two gentlemen proceeded to talk, with smart audience interjection and Mr. Murray reading from the book, for a little under 90 Read More

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Yiyun Li (BSS #363)

Yiyun Li is most recently the author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Confusing golden boys with golden tickets. Author: Yiyun Li Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Li: The way I look at fiction is that the most dramatic moments do not come from physical or real dramas, but from Read More

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Neal Pollack II (BSS #360)

Neal Pollack is most recently the author of Stretch. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #96. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Stretching for owls. Author: Neal Pollack Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: This book isn’t, to me, just about your own personal experience with yoga. I got the sense in reading Read More

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Matthew Sharpe II (BSS #358)

Matthew Sharpe is most recently the author of You Were Wrong. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #132. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Abandoning the animal experiment. Author: Matthew Sharpe Subjects Discussed: [The truth of the matter is that there doesn’t appear to be enough time in the day for me to summarize subjects Read More

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Allegra Goodman (BSS #355)

Allegra Goodman is most recently the author of The Cookbook Collector. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Confusing cookbooks with novels. Author: Allegra Goodman Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: Jonathan’s dialogue is so reflective of Sergey Brin. I mean, he says things like “Introduce me. I’m serious.” Very Star Trek-like in his dialogue. Goodman: Read More

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