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February 17 2014

02:23

February 11 2014

20:47

Protecting Project Pulp 75: William Hope Hodgson

Main Fiction: “Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani” by William Hope Hodgson, first published as “The Baumoff Explosive” in Nash’s Weekly Vol. 2, No. 2 (1919).
Tags: fiction

February 03 2014

23:49

To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Short Story

George Saunders on the art of the short story George Saunders on "Tenth of December"; Tom Perrotta on "Best American Short Stories 2012"; Karen Russell on "Vampires in the Lemon Grove".
Tags: fiction

January 17 2014

14:54

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Chang-Rae Lee talks about his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, set in a future, when a long-declining America is strictly stratified by class. Abandoned urban neighborhoods have become high-walled, self-contained labor colonies. The members of the labor class work to provide quality produce and fish to elite villages. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. http://www.wnyc.org/story/such-full-sea-chang-rae-lee/

November 25 2013

10:25

Neil Gaiman’s Newest ‘Overture’

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

Guest

Neil Gaiman, Best-selling author of the acclaimed graphic novel series, “The Sandman,” including the new prequel, “The Sandman: Overture.” Also author of “American Gods,” “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book” and “The Ocean At the End of the Lane.” (@neilhimself)

From Tom’s Reading List

The New Republic: An Interview With Neil Gaiman, the Internet’s Favorite Fantasy Writer – “Gaiman is perhaps the world’s best-known fantasy writer. The internationally bestselling author of ‘Neverwhere,’ ‘Coraline,’ ‘American Gods,’ ‘Stardust’ and many other books, graphic novels and film adaptations is rich, famous and married to a rock star. He has millions of devoted fans who eat his every word like air. He has won every major award going for science fiction, fantasy, and children’s literature, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Bram Stoker and the Locus, many times over. He spends most of his time flying around the world between homes and fancy hotels, being celebrated and signing an improbable number of books.”

Paste Magazine: ‘The Sandman: Overture’ by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III — “I have absolutely no hesitation calling ‘The Sandman’ the best comic book ever written. I don’t consider it hyperbole or exaggeration: it’s a universal truth in my head, as unwavering as gravity or male pattern baldness. Other comics have certainly come close, but did ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Blankets,’ or ‘Maus’ deliver sublime graphic literature over seven years for 75 issues?”

The A.V. Club: Neil Gaiman’s classic comic-book series returns with ‘The Sandman: Overture #1′ – “Stories never really end, do they? Even after the final word on the page or the last shot on screen, stories live on in the imagination of the audience and, in more recent times, the limbo where narratives ferment until they’re ready for prequels and sequels. When Neil Gaiman ended ‘The Sandman’ in 1996, he emphasized the idea that these characters and this world would live on after the end of the series, and the nature of mainstream comic books ensured that Gaiman’s concepts would stick around for a while.”

See A Gallery Of Images From  Both The New And Original ‘Sandman’ On Our Blog

October 28 2013

07:28

Alternatives to capitalism – books podcast | Books | theguardian.com

What are the alternatives to global capitalism? We go in search of answers with Dan Hancox, John Vidal and the novelist Eugen Ruge http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/oct/25/alternatives-capitalism-marinaleda-books-podcast

September 30 2013

15:27

Firsts in Fiction Podcast: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing |

Aaron Gansky and Steve McLain take a look at Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing. http://aarongansky.com/elmore-leonards-10-rules-of-writing/

September 20 2013

07:37

Margaret Atwood Will Make You Afraid Of Her Tomorrow

Novelist Margaret Atwood is back with her end of the world trilogy and a new human race.

Guest

Margaret Atwood, author, essayist, poet and activist, author of the new novel, “MaddAddam.” (@MargaretAtwood)

From Tom’s Reading List

NPRAtwood Imagines Humanity’s Next Iteration In ‘MaddAddam’ – “Like Year of the FloodMaddAddam deals with the question of how to rebuild a better civilization in the ashes of what came before. In Year, we met the Gardeners, a group of eco-spiritualists who practice a kind of environmental animism. Now, in MaddAddam, we discover that the Gardeners are among the only survivors of the pandemic — partly because their religion taught them survival skills, and partly because many of them worked with Crake on the destruction of humanity.”

New York Times: Strange New World — “Fatefulness about the survival of the species is not new. Religious thinking has end-time built in, and for most of our sentient life on the planet human­kind has been predominantly religious. That has changed in Westernized countries, but only relatively recently, and alongside advances in scientific knowledge. Our new pessimism no longer depends on a deity to wipe out this wicked world. Since the Manhattan Project, we have learned how to do it ourselves.”

New York Review of Books: Margaret Atwood’s Tale — “Margaret Atwood has an international reputation that differs considerably from her reputation in her native Canada, where she became, virtually overnight in 1972, at the age of thirty-three, the most celebrated and controversial Canadian writer of the era. The daughter of an entomologist at the University of Toronto, with a master’s degree in Victorian literature from Harvard (1962), Atwood would seem to have an instinct for taxonomy; for the casting of a cold but not unsympathetic eye upon the strategies by which individuals present themselves to others in order to confirm their identity or, simply, like the desperate captive in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ her most widely read novel, to survive.”

Read an Excerpt of “MaddAddam” by Margaret Atwood

September 16 2013

18:02

Firsts in Fiction: Archetypes without Stereotypes |

Turns out most stories and novels pull from the same well. We call this well "archetypes." Steve and Aaron discuss how to utilize them for maximum effect. http://aarongansky.com/archetypes-without-stereotypes/

September 06 2013

10:47

The Mercury Theatre on the Air: The Man Who Was Thursday

The Mercury Theatre on the Air is a radio series of live radio dramas created by and starring Orson Welles. The weekly hour-long show presented classic literary works performed by Welles's celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

August 20 2013

15:09

The Sound of Young America: Elmore Leonard

Posted Tue, 07/03/2007 - 11:04 by Jesse Thorn. Elmore Leonard is one of America's most treasured and acclaimed writers of popular fiction. He's written 41 novels, having started writing westerns for magazines in the 50s. His latest, "Up in Honey's Room," is set on the homefront during World War II, a war of which Leonard is himself a veteran. http://www.maximumfun.org/blog/2007/07/podcast-tsoya-elmore-leonard.html

August 19 2013

06:34

Starting Your Book |

Ever wonder the best way to begin your book? Outline? Discovery writing? Snowflakes? Hear what Steve and I have to say on the issue. http://aarongansky.com/starting-your-book/

July 25 2013

03:58

Guardian Books podcast: Australian writing at the Adelaide festival

This time, we're looking at the world from an Australian perspective. Publisher Michael Heyward introduces us to an ambitious project to republish all of Australia's lost classics, while critic Geordie Williamson regrets the demise of "ozlit". We rediscover the veteran novelist Christopher Koch, author of The Year of Living Dangerously, and meet some of the rising stars in the Antipodean poetry firmament. We take advice from fans of the Adelaide festival as to what books we should be reading, and we go in search of the new Aboriginal literature. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2013/mar/08/australian-writing-adelaide-festival-podcast

April 10 2013

18:02

Meg Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer discusses her new novel, The Interestings, a panoramic story about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. It follows a group of teenagers who met at summer camp in the 1970s into adulthood. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2013/apr/09/meg-wolitzers-novel-interestings/

April 03 2013

01:56

Talk with Hugh Howey about his self-published sci-fi hit

Hugh Howey’s self-published sci-fi thriller, Wool, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies as an ebook. Last fall, Howey signed a seven-figure, print-only deal with traditional publisher Simon & Schuster, and Fox and Ridley Scott have acquired the film rights.

July 30 2012

07:57

Podcast Episode 50–RPGs with Robin D. Laws and Stone Skin Press »

Very quickly after the previous podcast, It is my pleasure to bring you episode 50, which is a landmark I never thought I’d achieve. And yet, here it is and it’s all thanks to you, the listeners. http://www.gmsmagazine.com/podcasts/podcast-episode-50rpgs-with-robin-d-laws-and-stone-skin-press

March 12 2012

19:12

Drabblecast 114 – Arms and the Man

February 13 2012

00:19

Writing Excuses Episode 23: Viewpoint » Writing Excuses

00:18

Writing Excuses Episode 22: Doing The Unpopular » Writing Excuses

00:18

Writing Excuses Episode 21: Humor » Writing Excuses

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