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Oct 24, 2012

Antoine Wilson is today's guest.  He's the author of two novels, the most recent of which is called Panorama City, now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says

"Wilson’s second novel (after Interloper) is fresh and flawlessly crafted as well as charmingly genuine. Oppen Porter is almost 30, a guileless man who lives in a small central California town with his reclusive father in a house overtaken by nature….Oppen experiments with various roles—dedicated worker, student of religion, thinker—eventually finding his place in the world, framing a classic coming-of-age story in an unexpected way."

Monologue topics:  Board, literary collage, experimentation, exhaustive cataloging, good news, publication.

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Oct 21, 2012

Jami Attenberg is the guest. Her new novel, The Middlesteins, is now available from Grand Central Publishing. 

Jonathan Franzen raves

"The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn't until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg's sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling."

Kate Christensen says

"The Middlesteins is a truly original American novel, at once topical and universally timeless. Jami Attenberg has created a Midwestern Jewish family who are quintessentially familiar but fiercely, mordantly idiosyncratic. This novel will make you laugh, cry, cringe in recognition, and crave lamb-cumin noodles. This is a stunningly wonderful book."

And Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it

"Deeply satisfying. . . . A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life."

Monologue topics:  social anxiety, silent judging, dinners, paranoia, Indiana, tag, shopping malls, faux pas.

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Oct 17, 2012

Sean Beaudoin is today's guest.  He's the author of several books, the most recent of which is a novel called The Infects, now available from Candlewick Press. 

Publishers Weekly raves

"Horror goes hand in hand with dark comedy in this wickedly unpredictable adventure, as Beaudoin simultaneously skewers the fast food industry and familiar zombie tropes."

Monologue topics:  ayahuasca, psycho-spiritual breakthroughs, frustration, the Mayan Apocalypse, confronting a mountain lion on a sand dune.

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Oct 14, 2012

Paula Bomer is today's guest. She's the author of two books, the most recent of which is a novel called Nine Months, which is available now from Soho Press.

Library Journal calls it

A raw, darkly funny, at times appalling page-turner.... Mommy lit lovers will be horrified, but Bomer’s debut novel will resonate with fans of quirky, character-driven fiction in the vein of Richard Russo, John Updike, and Tiffany Baker.

And Marcy Dermansky calls it

Deliciously, dangerously rogue.

Monologue topics:  the Other People app, the app, my feelings on the app, how the app works, what you need to know about the app. 

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Oct 10, 2012

Lorin Stein is the guest.  He is the editor of The Paris Review and the co-editor (with Sadie Stein) of a new anthology called Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, now available from Picador Paperback Originals. 

From the Editors' Note:

Some chose classics. Some chose stories that were new even to us. Our hope is that this collection will be useful to young writers, and to others interested in literary technique. Most of all, it is intended for readers who are not (or are no longer) in the habit of reading short stories. We hope these object lessons will remind them how varied the form can be, how vital it remains, and how much pleasure it can give.

And Publishers Weekly says:

A selection of fiction culled from the influential journal’s archive with a twist: writers often featured in the journal’s pages—Lorrie Moore, David Means, Ann Beattie, Wells Tower, Ali Smith, among others— offer brief critical analyses of their selections, elevating this book from a greatest hits anthology to a kind of mini-M.F.A. Sam Lipsyte’s take on Mary Robison’s “Likely Lake” is as much a demonstration of the economy of powerful writing as the story itself and Ben Marcus’s tribute to Donald Barthelme’s “magician... language” in “Several Garlic Tales” illustrates how learning can occur when one writer inhabits another writer’s mind to geek out over what they both love.

Monologue topics:  certainty, uncertainty, strong thinkers, certainty about uncertainty, uncertainty about certainty, the articulation of confusion, a posture of cosmic ambivalence.

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Oct 7, 2012
Kathleen Alcott is today's guest.  Her debut novel, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, is now available from Other Press. Bookslut raves Heartbreaking, honest, and wholly engrossing, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets dredges the depth of love that divides us, unites us, and ... Continue reading
Oct 3, 2012
Steven Gillis is today's guest.  He's the author of several books and the co-founder of Dzanc Books.  His latest story collection, The Law of Strings, is now available from Atticus Books. Stephen Dixon raves [T]his story collection hooked me from ... Continue reading
Sep 30, 2012
Benjamin Wood is the guest.  His debut novel, The Bellwether Revivals, is now available from Viking in the United States and Simon & Schuster in the UK. The Bellwether Revivals was an official selection of The TNB Book Club. Joanna ... Continue reading
Sep 26, 2012
Amber Sparks is today's guest.  Her debut story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, is now available from Curbside Splendor. Raves Michael Kimball: There was Aesop, Thomas Bulfinch, Edith Hamilton, Angela Carter-and now there is Amber Sparks with a ... Continue reading
Sep 23, 2012
D.T. Max is the guest.  He's a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story:  A Life of David Foster Wallace, now available from Viking. The San Francisco Chronicle calls ... Continue reading
Sep 19, 2012
Thad Ziolkowski is today's guest.  He's the author of the memoir On a Wave (Grove/Atlantic), which was nominated for the 2003 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and his debut novel, Wichita, is now available from Tonga Books, an imprint of Europa Editions.  ... Continue reading
Sep 16, 2012
Leigh Stein is today's guest.  She's the author of the novel The Fallback Plan and the poetry collection Dispatch from the Future, both of which are now available from Melville House. Publishers Weekly hailed Dispatch as one of its best ... Continue reading
Sep 12, 2012
David Abrams is the guest.  He's the author of the debut novel Fobbit, which is now available from Grove/Atlantic. Publishers Weekly, in a starred reviews, says Abrams’s debut is a harrowing satire of the Iraq War and an instant classic....Abrams, ... Continue reading
Sep 9, 2012
Dana Johnson is the guest.  She's the author of the story collection Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction, and her debut novel, Elsewhere, California, is now available from Counterpoint. Aimee Bender raves I ... Continue reading
Sep 5, 2012
Alix Ohlin is the guest.  She's the author of several books, the most recent of which are the story collection Signs and Wonders, available now from Vintage, and a novel called Inside, available Knopf.  Both were published in June of ... Continue reading
Sep 2, 2012
Matthew Batt is today's guest.  He's the author of the memoir Sugarhouse, now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Andre Dubus III raves It’s hard to write funny, especially when your world is crumbling around you, but in this utterly compelling ... Continue reading
Aug 29, 2012
George Saunders is today's guest.  He's the bestselling author of several books, including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and The Braindead Megaphone, and his brand new story collection, Tenth of December, is due out from Random House in January 2013. ... Continue reading
Aug 26, 2012
Elizabeth Ellen is today's guest.  She's the author of the chapbook Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense) and her latest book, Fast Machine, is a collection of her best work from the last decade. She lives in ... Continue reading
Aug 22, 2012
Pauls Toutonghi is today's guest.  He's the author of two novels, the latest of which is called Evel Knievel Days, now available from Crown Books. Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it [A] superb literary effort....With writing both gently ironical ... Continue reading
Aug 19, 2012
Oksana Marafioti is today's guest.  She's the author of a new memoir called American Gypsy, now available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Kirkus calls it Engaging . . . Marafioti describes with humor and introspection how the self-described ‘Split Nationality ... Continue reading
Aug 15, 2012
Steve Roggenbuck is the guest.  He is a traveling poet-slash-blogger whose latest poetry collection, Crunk Juice, is now available from Lief Books.  He also hosts a weekly, web-based television show called The Illuminati Power Hour, which is available via Spreecast. ... Continue reading
Aug 12, 2012
Maria Semple is today's guest.  For years she worked in television, writing for shows like Mad About You and Arrested Development.  Then, in 2008, she published her debut novel, This One is Mine.  Her follow-up effort, a novel called Where'd ... Continue reading
Aug 8, 2012
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the guest.  He's a journalist who has written for The Nation, Time magazine, and Sports Illustrated.  And he's the author of six books, the most recent of which is a novel called Triburbia, now available from ... Continue reading
Aug 5, 2012
Lidia Yuknavitch is today's guest.  She's the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, and now she has published her debut novel, called Dora: A Headcase.  Both titles are available from Hawthorne Books. Chuck ... Continue reading
Aug 1, 2012
Patrick Wensink is today's guest.  His latest novel, Broken Piano for President, is now available from Lazy Fascist Press. It recently incited an unusually kind cease-and-desist letter from Jack Daniel's, Inc. Publishers Weekly calls it [A] psychedelic trip of a novel. ... Continue reading
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