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Dec 29, 2013

[Note:  I've decided to make this episode available without subscription so that people can listen to it and share it as easily as possible. -BL]

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the guest. Her new book is called Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. It is available now from Yale University Press.


Dec 25, 2013

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the guest. Her new memoir, The End of San Francisco, is now available from City Lights Books.

Kirkus calls it

"A blisteringly honest portrait of a young, fast and greatly misunderstood life. . . . An outspoken, gender-ambiguous author and activist reflects on her halcyon days as a wild...

Dec 22, 2013

Olivia Laing is the guest. Her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, is available from Picador.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says

“The tortured relationship between literary lions and their liquor illuminates the obscure terrain of psychology and art in this searching biographical...

Dec 20, 2013

This is my conversation with Ned, which first aired on December 16, 2012.  I wanted to make it available to those who love him and those who love his work. (Prior to today, it was only available via premium subscription, because it was in the deeper archives.)

My heart goes out to all who feel this loss, especially...

Dec 18, 2013

Joyelle McSweeney is the guest. Her books include the poetry collection The Red Bird, and the novels Nylund, the Sarcographer and Flet. Recently, her play entitled Dead Youth, or, The Leaks won the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. She is also a co-editor of Action Books and the...