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Max and I spoke by telephone. He was at home in London. It was nighttime for him. I was here in Los Angeles, mid-morning. His publication story is a good one. He wrote a book that isn’t easily classifiable. Usually such books have a hard road to publication. But Grief found a way, and thank goodness. It’s short, poetic, and wonderfully surprising novel. There’s a talking bird in it. It takes chances. Packs a punch. The fact that it has gone on to do so well is a testament to Max’s vision and skill. Wise, witty, and very deeply felt. A real gift to the reader.
In today’s monologue, I talk about compression in literature, compression of schedule, the podcast’s logistical crossroads, Kickstarter, and my need to podcast in a cloistered environment.