Junot Diaz burst onto the literary scene with "Drown," a collection of short stories voiced by Yunior, a tough-talking Latino struggling to make his way on the streets of New Jersey. Diaz has revived Yunior for his latest book, "This Is How You Lose Her." Only this time, Yunior is juggling multiple women, and figuring out how to be faithful to his fiancee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author joins us to talk about the book, and what it takes to be faithful.
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The prolific and multi-talented fantasy writer Neil Gaiman reads his modern fairy tale “Troll Bridge” and Broadway star Boyd Gaines performs a mystical tale by Jorge Luis Borges, “The Circular Ruins.” And the SELECTED SHORTS contest-winning story "Tender," by Carly Sachs, is read by Mary Brienza.
It’s 10 years since Neil Gaiman’s cult novel American Gods was published. The story centres on the adventures of Shadow, a prisoner let out a few days early due to the mysterious death of his wife, Laura.
Shadow embarks on a strange, scary, hallucinogenic road trip across the United States with the enigmatic Mr Wednesday.
The book reveals Mr Wednesday as an incarnation of Odin the All-Father, who is recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods of ancient mythology.
The Guardian’s book club brought Neil Gaiman to the Edinburgh International Books festival to talk to John Mullan, and take questions from a lively audience
Shel Silverstein was pretty famous children’s author and illustrator, but did you know he knew how to drink a little ripple and smoke a little reefer, too?
Simon Schama | Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill and My Mother
"[Simon] Schama is a genius of storytelling," writes The Times of London. The author of many books, including The Embarrassment of Riches and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings, Schama is a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A cultural essayist for The New Yorker, he has written and presented more than 30 documentaries for the BBC and PBS, including A History of Britain, The Power of Art, and The American Future: A History. Scribble, Scribble, Scribble is a witty collection of essays on a wide range of topics. (recorded 4/25/2011)
Welcome to episode #243 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast. Seth Godin is a national treasure. He’s more than a Marketer’s Marketer, he is a business thought-leader and change agent. This past week marked a new…
is week sees the launch of a new series on the Books podcast, The Books That Made Me, with China Miéville.
He talks about how growing up in a world where music is cobbled together from samples of other music has given wing to his piratical tendencies as a writer, and names Beatrix Potter, Max Ernst and Charlotte Brontë among those who have shaped his writing life.
Miéville cites visual art – from comics to the surrealists – as a major inspiration, confesses that he used to have a tin ear for poetry and issues a plea for help in rescuing from oblivion two novels by the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera.
Reading list The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter Une semaine de bonté by Max Ernst Mindblast by Dambudzo Marechera Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë The General Theory of Law and Marxism by Evgeny Pashukanis Creepy Creatures edited by Barbara Ireson
In this week’s podcast, in honour of the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, we’re talking about the apocalypse in literature.
We speak to Simon Winchester, author of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, about volcanoes past, present and – most worryingly – future, and SF blogger Damien Walter and Guardian writer Xan Brooks join Sarah Crown in the studio to discuss the genesis and status of the disaster novel.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester Kraken by China Miéville The Stand by Stephen King The Road by Cormac McCarthy The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham "There Will Come Soft Rains" (story from the collection The Martian Chronicles) by Ray Bradbury
It’s the gift season. And the gift of a book is not just of a satisfying heft in a nice wrapping. It’s the hope and encouragement to slow down, get lost, step back and see another way. So, what to give? Or hope for? We’re looking at the best books of 2009 today, and the range is wide. From lost cities to an illustrated Old Testament. From "Love in Infant Monkeys," to "Wolf Hall" and "Little Bee." Michael Sandel makes my guests cut. So do Lorrie Moore, Jonathan Lethem, A.S. Byatt, Tania James. What about yours? This hour, On Point: for the holidays, the best books of ‘09.
Cities: Real and Unreal a discussion of Architecture and Fiction with Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, Geoff Manaugh
This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. I had the pleasure of attending a reading and discussion at a Borders in New York a few weeks ago and recorded the event. This is the discussion part of the program, which was hosted by Ron Hogan. The three members of the discussion panel were: Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, and Geoff Manaugh.
Jeff Vandermeer, who was recently on IFYJJU, had graciously invited me. His website is http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/.
Jeffrey Ford’s is http://users.rcn.com/delicate/ Geoff Manaugh’s is BLDG BLOG
The host was Ron Hogan and his site is Beatrice.
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