What Does Neil Gaiman See When He Looks at the Real World?
There are few things more mundane than a bunch of people at their desks doing stuff and eating snacks. But to author Neil Gaiman, even the humble workplace is glorious fodder for the writer's imagination.
"Facing Evil" with Maya Angelou
In this second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas.
Why is Tolstoy's
still so popular today?
Rosamund Bartlett, the translator behind the new Oxford World’s Classics edition of
, talks about why the great novel is still so popular today. Drawing on her own experiences, she highlights how an appreciation of the complex novel can benefit from rereading.
THE ESSENTIAL ELLEN WILLIS
The Essential Ellen Willis
gathers writings that span forty years and are deeply engaged with the times in which they were first published and yet remain fresh and relevant amid today's seemingly intractable political and cultural battles. Whether addressing the women's movement, sex and abortion, race and class, or war and terrorism, Ellen Willis brought to each a distinctive attitude.
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Conversations w/Great Minds: Rick Perlstein,
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Richard Nixon and the Rise of Ronald Reagan
, joins Thom Hartmann.
On the earlier and later poems of Siegfried Sassoon
Jon Stallworthy looks at both the early and late poems of Siegfried Sassoon. By regarding when they were written he argues we can notice important shifts in attitudes during the war.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
The worlds of writer Karen Russell are wild and weird. Her latest,
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
, is no exception. Who else would morph Japanese women into silkworms, expose the surprising antidote to a vampire couple's bloodthirsty inclinations, and rewrite the Iraq war by entering the tattooed back of a veteran?
Time Out Chicago
's Laura Pearson joins this sublime storyteller, newly minted MacArthur Fellow, and one of the
's 20 Under 40, as she reinvents magical realism for our generation.
Joel Christian Gill,
Strange Fruit, Vol. 1
| Talks at Google
On June 18, 2014, Joel Christian Gill visited Google's Cambridge, MA office to talk about his graphic anthology,
Strange Fruit, Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History
. In this collection he retells nine stories of extraordinary African Americans whose lives have been long forgotten by most.
Surprise! Comedy presented by LARB A.V.
Surprise! Comedy is a brave new LA comedy circuit with rotating venues, secret line-ups, and a promise that things will get weird. More at http://lareviewofbooks.org/av/
How I Wrote It: Ben Mezrich on his new novel,
Ben Mezrich is best known for his nonfiction, particularly
Bringing Down the House
The Accidental Billionaires
, both of which became major motion pictures. In
, Mezrich returns to his roots: fiction.
Terrance Hayes, P.O.P
Shot and edited by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, P.O.P is a video series featuring contemporary American poets.
Don Wallace discusses
The French House
Celebrated author Don Wallace reads from and discusses his new book,
The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All
Editing William T. Vollmann
Tom Bissell recently profiled Vollmann following the release of Vollmann's book
William T. Vollmann,
The author talks about sex, death and fantasy in his latest book,
, his first published work of fiction in nine years.
Jillian Weise Awards Ceremony Reading Poets Forum 2013
Jillian Weise reads at the 2013 Poets Forum Awards Ceremony. Weise won the Academy's James Laughlin Second Book Award for
The Book of Goodbyes
. Recorded at the New School in New York City.