Episode 48 — Ramona Ausubel

   

Ramona Ausubel is the guest.  Her debut novel, No One is Here Except All of Us, is now available in hardcover from Riverhead Press.  And her short story “Atria” was published in the April 4, 2011 issue of The New Yorker.

Raves the San Francisco Chronicle:

No One Is Here Except All of Us contains so many achingly beautiful passages, it”s as if language itself is continually striving to be a refuge….If a book can be said to have a consciousness, the consciousness here is infinitely tender and soulful, magical and true. It’s the kind of God we wish for.

And the New York Times Book Review says:

Fantastical and ambitious…infused with faith in the power of storytelling…Light and tenderness persevere—in a shining moon, in a candle still aglow, in a mother’s embrace of her child.

A great conversation with a terrific new author.

Topics of conversation include:  babies, luck, The New Yorker, Cal-Irvine, short stories, Ron Carlson, Santa Fe, workshop, focus, family, Sardinia, POWs, pogroms, outlines, World War I, World War II, Nazis, Jews, history, fear, gay marriage, topaz, Georgia O’Keeffe, crystals, hippies, the mesa, Barbies, algebra, Ragdale, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah, Forrest Gump, Titanic, Boulder, cooking, poetry, Berkeley, photography, Pitzer, elliptical trainers, making friends, Sky Mall, Doug Anderson, Amy Gerstler, Mexico, Thailand, around-the-world travel, Santa Barbara, children, bilingualism, and surfing.

Monologue topics:  writing, my novel, acne vulgaris, Bukowski, Ham on Rye, AWP, networking, team-building, synergizing, Walter, the park, shrieking four-year-olds, negligent parents, and my daughter.