Episode 116 — Antoine Wilson


Antoine Wilson is today’s guest.  He’s the author of two novels, the most recent of which is called Panorama City, now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says

Wilson’s second novel (after Interloper) is fresh and flawlessly crafted as well as charmingly genuine. Oppen Porter is almost 30, a guileless man who lives in a small central California town with his reclusive father in a house overtaken by nature….Oppen experiments with various roles—dedicated worker, student of religion, thinker—eventually finding his place in the world, framing a classic coming-of-age story in an unexpected way.

And Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers, raves

God bless Oppen Porter! His innocence and lack of pretense are our good fortune and our delight. Under his observation, our follies and schemes and manias go up in the brightest, funniest, heartrending flames. This is precisely (and artfully) because he does not judge them. Panorama City is charming and absurd, very funny and, best of all, humane through and through.

Monologue topics:  Board, literary collage, experimentation, exhaustive cataloging, good news, publication.