Episode 226 — Daniel Alarcón

   

Daniel Alarcón is the guest. His new novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, is now available from Riverhead Books.

The New York Times Book Review calls it

Wise and engaging…a provocative study of the way war culture ensnares both participant and observer, the warping fascination of violence, and the disfiguring consequences of the roles we play in public…[a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work…the ending is a quiet bomb, as satisfying as it is ambiguous.

And The Daily Beast says

Alarcón is a young, talented writer who is on the cusp of a breakthrough, a state of mind perfectly captured by the compulsively energetic voice of At Night We Walk in Circles…a gripping story.

Monologue topics: Conan, M.I.A., projected anxiety, kale, milk, mail, Chelsea Martin, alt-lit.