Episode 153 — Christine Sneed

   

Christine Sneed is the guest. Her new novel, Little Known Facts, was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review last week. It is available now from Bloomsbury.

Booklist, in a starred review, calls it

An ensnaring first novel that delves into the complex challenges and anguish of living with and in the shadow of celebrity. Sneed’s wit, curiosity, empathy, and ability to divine the perfect detail propel this psychologically exquisite, superbly realized novel of intriguing, caricature-transcending characters and predicaments…As Sneed illuminates each facet of her percussively choreographed plot via delectably slant disclosuresoverheard conversations, snooping, tabloids, confessions under duress, and journal entries, among them—she spotlights ‘little known facts’ about the cost of fame, our erotic obsession with movie-star power, and where joy can be found.

Also this episode: a conversation with Stephanie Barber, author of the new book Night Moves, available now from Publishing Genius Press.

Kenneth Goldsmith says

This is a sad and powerful book of love poems. Stephanie Barber understands how things are supposed to work and recognizes that they are broken, and NIGHT MOVES is a screenshot for the help desk in the sky. It’s a conceptual ode to Internet philosophy, solidifying the transient nature of online conversation.

Monologue topics: ménage-á-trois, third wheels, Darwinian processes, self-awareness.

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