Episode 147 — Joyce Johnson

   

Joyce Johnson is the guest. She is the author of several books, the most recent of which is called The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, available now from Viking. Kirkus calls it An exemplary biography of the Beat icon and his development as a writer…Johnson [turns] a laser-sharp focus on Kerouac’s […]

Episode 100 — George Saunders

   

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. Thomas Pynchon calls him An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds […]

Episode 92 — Patrick Wensink

   

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. And the Louisville Courier-Journal describes it as A D.I.Y. Frankenstein’s monster that uses parts pulled off […]