Episode 345 — Porochista Khakpour


Porochista Khakpour is the guest. Her novel The Last Illusion is now available from Bloomsbury.

Claire Messud says

Utterly original and compelling, Porochista Khakpour’s The Last Illusion weaves Iranian myth with very contemporary American neurosis to create a bittersweet poetry all its own. This ambitious, exciting literary adventure is at once grotesque, amusing, deeply sad—and wonderful, too.

And Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it

An audaciously ambitious novel that teeters along a tightrope but never falls off.

Monologue topics:  big news, superstition, not wanting to be dominated by superstition despite  being demonstrably dominated by superstition by knocking on wood repeatedly, et al.