Episode 82 — Jürgen Fauth


Jürgen Fauth is today’s guest.  He’s a co-founder of the popular online literary community Fictionaut, and his debut novel, Kino, is now available from Atticus Books.

Levi Asher at LitKicks raves:

What glorious chaos! Kino by Jürgen Fauth is the most enjoyable book I’ve read this year. It’s a wild, caroming romp that crashes into German history, Nazi mind control, American pop culture decadence, and modern cinema snobbery. The crazy plot soars from beginning to end.

And David Gutowski, aka Largehearted Boy, calls it

A masterfully and innovatively told literary thriller.

Topics of conversation include:  Wiesbaden Germany, Mainz, Mississippi College, New Orleans, translation, Dominican Republic, spa towns, MFAs, psychotherapy, Thomas Mann, transcendental meditation, David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish, natural stress relief, focus, discipline, Maharishi, writing everyday, Berlin, health care, paying taxes, small town vs. big town, Dostoyevsky, thermal baths, the Third Reich, German history, nationalism, sociopolitical awareness, patriotism, computer programming, Fictionaut, monetizing, Fritz Lang, German cinema, Billy Wilder, Weimar Republic, Nazis, subversion, propaganda, Leni Riefenstahl, operettas, Le Corbeau, Joseph Goebbels, Titanic, immigration, dual citizenship, the role of the artist, courage, and living with uncertainty.

Monologue topics:  expressiveness, control, relinquishing control, fear, the origins of the podcast, genuine human enthusiasm, and artists who are the least encumbered, with unconventional ambitions and a strangely unscripted quality.