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Jan 29, 2014

Matthew Specktor is the guest. His novel, American Dream Machine, is now available from Tin House.

Mona Simpson says

"Joan Didion prophesied this novel. In an essay called 'Los Angeles Days,' published in 1992 in After Henry, she wrote that 'Californians until recently spoke of the United States beyond Colorado as...

Jan 26, 2014

Michael J. Seidlinger is the guest. He is the book reviews editor for Electric Literature and the founder of an independent press called Civil Coping Mechanisms. His latest novel is The Laughter of Strangers, and it is available now from Lazy Fascist Press.

The Los Angeles Times says

"The Laughter of Strangers...

Jan 22, 2014

Rachel Cantor is the guest. Her debut novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World.

Library Journal says

"Cantor’s novel will be a great hit for fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe. There’s a lot going on here, and all of it is amusing."


Jan 19, 2014

Hilton Als is the guest. His latest book, White Girls, is now available from McSweeney's—and it has just been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Junot Díaz raves

"I read Als not only because he is utterly extraordinary, which he is, but for the reason one is often drawn to the best...

Jan 16, 2014

Gloria Harrison is the guest. She is a writer and a longtime contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, and in May of 2013 she was featured on This American Life, Episode 494.

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