Tag: literature

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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Hari Kunzru, Part One (BSS #440)

Hari Kunzru is most recently the author of Gods Without Men. This is the first of a two part conversation. The second part can be listened to at The Bat Segundo Show #441. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wrestling with issues of conversational faith. Author: Hari Kunzru Subjects Discussed: Variants of faith in the author/reader covenant, Read More

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Adam Johnson (BSS #438)

Adam Johnson is most recently the author of The Orphan Master’s Son. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Revising his own narrative. Author: Adam Johnson Subjects Discussed: Growing up in Arizona, reading a novel as an act of faith and how style reflects that, narrative which mimics Casablanca, storytelling as the North Korean identity, being the center Read More

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Sara Benincasa (BSS #436)

Sara Benincasa is most recently the author of Agorafabulous. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering whether or not he has actually left the house. Author: Sara Benincasa Subjects Discussed: How to get out of bed and leave the house, the unanticipated benefits of contextual noise, overstuffed schedules, voices inside one’s head, the picaresque existence, commitments and Read More

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Stephen Fry (BSS #432)

Stephen Fry is most recently the author of The Fry Chronicles. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Basking in a pleasant tsunami of erudition. Author: Stephen Fry Subjects Discussed: Journalists who attack morally and spiritually, capitulating an iPhone, the number of gadgets that Fry carries on him, physical books vs. ebooks, high school physics lessons and vacillating Read More

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Joyce Carol Oates (BSS #426)

Joyce Carol Oates is most recently the author of The Corn Maiden and the editor of New Jersey Noir. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with needless tempers and false heaters. Author: Joyce Carol Oates PROGRAM NOTE: For many years, I had hoped to schedule Joyce Carol Oates on this program. And the opportunity at long Read More

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Alan Hollinghurst (BSS #422)

Alan Hollinghurst appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #422. He is most recently the author of The Stranger’s Child. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a new career that has nothing to do with literary biography. Author: Alan Hollinghurst Subjects Discussed: Ivy Compton-Burnett, attention to character panoramas in 21st century literature, the appeal of huge gaps Read More

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Téa Obreht (BSS #421)

Téa Obreht is most recently the author of The Tiger’s Wife, winner of the Orange Prize and finalist for the National Book Awards (to be announced on Wednesday: check out Reluctant Habits and the Twitter feed for live coverage from the floor that evening). Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a future in which writers are Read More

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Diana Abu-Jaber (BSS #419)

Diana Abu-Jaber is most recently the author of Birds of Paradise. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Salivating in tandem with his diminishing wallet. Author: Diana Abu-Jaber Subjects Discussed: The dangers of French pastries, Abu-Jaber’s propensity for describing food in lurid terms, growing up with food-obsessed parents, wooing people and readers with food, Abu-Jaber’s former life as 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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Yannick Murphy III (BSS #414)

Yannick Murphy’s most recent novel is The Call. She has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #158 and The Bat Segundo Show #41. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Terrified of picking up the telephone. Author: Yannick Murphy Subjects Discussed: Chatty people named Ed, imagining the proper format for an illusory veterinary log, husbands who claim 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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