Tag: mystery

Eleanor Catton (BSS #524)

What if a 900 page novel incorporated Zeno’s dichotomy paradox, the golden ratio, set its action in 1865 and 1866 while aligning character temperament to astrological signs and planets, and incorporated massive strands of storytelling? Well, THE LUMINARIES does just this. In this wide-ranging 71 minute conversation, we talk with Booker Award-winning novelist Eleanor Catton about the benefits of an overly planned structure, considering reader intentions, Douglas Hofstadter’s GODEL, ESCHER, BACH, how old newspapers reveal history in unique ways, the Otago Gold Rush, mystery novels, Shakespeare, eccentric forms of tax evasion, and the real impact of politics and history on everyday lives. Read More

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Matt Bell (BSS #506)

We talk with Matt Bell, author of IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS, about how to encourage imagination, James Joyce lookalikes, labryinths in fiction and video games, Nethack, the problems with depicting the quotidian, and how language creates mystery. Read More

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Ariel S. Winter (BSS #482)

Ariel S. Winter is most recently the author of The Twenty-Year Death. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he can condense the shards of his life into a twenty-year epic spanning three books. Author: Ariel S. Winter Subjects Discussed: Day jobs, being a stay-at-home father, sneaking out to write in the library, the exhaustion of Read More

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Megan Abbott II (BSS #474)

Megan Abbot is most recently the author of Dare Me. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #404. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Megan Abbott’s Dare Me, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and Read More

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Megan Abbott (BSS #404)

Megan Abbott is most recently the author of The End of Everything. For more on Megan Abbott, you can read Edward Champion’s essay “Megan Abbott: Literary Criminal” at The Millions, Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering unanticipated carnal connections with peach cobbler. Author: Megan Abbott Subjects Discussed: The need for dramatic emphasis, basing novels on real Read More

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Ian Rankin (BSS #390)

Ian Rankin is most recently the author of The Complaints. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Playing good cop and bad cop with his interlocutory approach. Author: Ian Rankin Subjects Discussed: The benefits of talking with a Scotsman on St. Patrick’s Day, sartorial description in prose, pleated miniskirts, balancing descriptive detail against dialogue, people who are intended Read More

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Barry Gifford (BSS #335)

Barry Gifford is most recently the author of Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wilder than his heartburn. Author: Barry Gifford Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Gifford: Well, the point is “Don’t be a victim.” I mean, I think I have another chapter somewhere that’s called “Victims.” But that’s Read More

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Sue Grafton (BSS #320)

Sue Grafton is most recently the author of U is for Undertow. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking for a man named Snake to help him escape from Santa Teresa. Author: Sue Grafton Subjects Discussed: Kinsey Millhone’s early announcement to the readers regarding the bad guys, foreshadowing murder, not writing the same book twice, the ethics Read More

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Lawrence Block (BSS #308)

Lawrence Block is most recently the author of Step by Step. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Ruminating upon a life of exquisite indolence. Author: Lawrence Block Subjects Discussed: Step by Step as an anti-memoir, exploring childhood experience in print, randomness and finding connections, writing with a greater degree of freedom, Random Walk, concerns about a limited Read More

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Laura Lippman (BSS #280)

Laura Lippman is most recently the author of Life Sentences. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Frightened of sleazy and opportunistic biographers. Author: Laura Lippman Subjects Discussed: Cassandra Fallows vs. Kathryn Harrison, writers with peculiar personalities, the memoir dictating the memoirist, Hegelian synthesis, the Quarter Pounder and Proustian comparisons, philosophical modifiers, the inauthentic self, stereotypes of NPR Read More

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Charlie Huston II (BSS #267)

Charlie Huston is most recently the author of The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. To listen to our previous interview with Mr. Huston, check out The Bat Segundo Show #98. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking for an efficient and affordable cleanup service. Author: Charlie Huston Subjects Discussed: Huston’s concern for locative detail, Read More

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Dave White (BSS #166)

Dave White is the author of When One Man Dies. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hostile towards Our Young, Roving Correspondent’s inability to spell “Jack Daniel’s” correctly. Author: Dave White Subjects Discussed: John Donne quotes, first names and hangovers, Billy Martin and the Yankees, war veterans, color blindness, Anthony Burgess, first-person and third-person chapters, having an Read More

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