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February 12 2014

07:51

The Big Business of Bodice Rippers

The best-selling literary genre in the world: romance novels. We’ll look at the red-hot literature of love.

 

A collection of romance novels on display. (Courtesy RoniLoren / Flickr)

A collection of romance novels on display. (Courtesy RoniLoren / Flickr)

Guests

Jesse Barron, editor at Harper’s Magazine.

Wendy Crutcher, librarian at the Orange Country Public Library. Romance Writers of America “Librarian of the Year” in 2011. Blogger at “The Misadventures of Super Librarian.” (@superwendy)

Angela Knight, New York Times-bestselling romance and erotic author. (@AngelaKnight)

From Tom’s Reading List

NPR: Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability — “One thing that you have understand if you’re gonna get into writing romance is that the things that are valued in that genre are not the same things that are valued when we read something like literary fiction. So you’re gonna want to hone your prose until its extremely clear, it’s very, very fast, the dialogue is funny and the plots are really engaging.”

Huffington Post: The Real Men Who Read Romance Novels — “Romance novels are often dismissed as guilty pleasures and something to be ashamed of by both men and women. In fact, as a woman, I often notice people are surprised to learn that I, with my two English literature degrees, write romance novels. While guys reading ‘girls books’ confounds our gender expectations and may lead to an extra element of surprise and snark, it seems that attitude often just comes with the genre — no matter who is reading it.”

Bangor Daily News: Romance Writers name Old Town woman Librarian of the Year — “When Romance Writers of America announced that Whitten had received the award, she received congratulations from members via email from all over the United States. She will be the guest of honor at the organization’s conference in July in Atlanta, where she will address several thousand people. ‘I’m passionate about the romance genre, a strong proponent of it,’ Whitten said.”

January 30 2014

03:15

National Book Critics Circle: Podcast: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winners and Finalists at AWP - Critical Mass Blog

The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. http://bookcritics.org/blog/archive/podcast-what-is-criticism-with-nbcc-winners-and-finalists-at-awp-2013

January 19 2014

02:28

Iain Banks, in conversation with The Open University (full) - YouTube

Free learning with The Open University http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2748 --- Author Iain Banks talks to Open University Lecturer in Creativ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAwVkQ-0_u0

November 20 2013

01:30

PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts

Hey! It’s our 64th Episode! Inside this episode! First up we have a review of the new Umbral #1 by Antony Johnson and Christopher Mittens and then a review of the new Marvel Knights mini-series Marvel Knights: X-Men #1 by Brahm Revel and Cris Peter. After some random comics talk we are joined by the amazing Kelly Sue DeConnick who talks about Pretty Deadly, Capt. Marvel and everything in between! 3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song." name="DESCRIPTION http://1979semifinalist.podomatic.com/entry/2013-11-18T01_13_14-08_00

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

July 16 2013

22:24

Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be? - Books and Arts Daily - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Author Sheila Heti, tries to answer the big questions in life in her novel, How Should a Person Be? http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/sheila-heti27s-how-should-a-person-be3f/4777836

June 26 2013

19:53

William S. Burroughs class on creative reading (August 10, 1979)

First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continues on 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature

April 10 2013

15:13

She Makes My Day by Jay Barnett. 4'33'' - the online short story magazine.

A pop star comes back from the dead, foiling one man's chance at love. Really.

April 09 2013

03:01

Studio 360: American Icons: The Great Gatsby

August 11 2012

15:24

Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC

Marvin Hamlisch & Julian Barnes -- Kurt Andersen sits at the piano with Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of The Sting, A Chorus Line, and other classic scores, in this interview from 2009. Hamlisch, who died this week, knew as well as anyone on earth how to get a melody stuck in your head. The literary shape-shifter Julian Barnes tries to figure out what makes a Barnesian novel. And a middle-aged couple rekindle their romance with tango.

July 29 2012

22:11

Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC

Hilary Hahn Improvs & Kids Blog -- The violinist Hilary Hahn ditches the classical repertoire and goes full improv. She performs live in the studio with the pianist Hauschka. Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Adam Gopnik about how Hollywood-style violence might have played into the massacre in a Colorado movie theater. And Karen Thompson Walker imagines time slowing down in her debut novel The Age of Miracles.

March 19 2012

05:25

6Stories - Story 6

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.
05:24

6Stories - Story 5

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.
05:23

6Stories - Story 4

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.
05:21

6Stories - Story 3

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.
05:20

6Stories - Story 1

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.
05:20

6Stories - Story 2

6Stories is a Locative Literature project by Matt Blackwood. Through the use of QR codes, six narrated stories are heard at six different tables at a speed dating event at Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird cafe in Melbourne, Australia.

March 16 2012

16:41

Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC

Woody Guthrie & Andrew Bird -- Kurt Andersen speaks with Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones, and others about why "This Land is Your Land" endures, as part of our American Icons series. Later in the hour, writer Anne Lamott and musician Andrew Bird let us in on their creative processes. Hint: one involves holing yourself up in a barn in the middle of nowhere.

March 14 2012

16:01

History of Criticism 18

A class taught by Tim Morton at UC Davis, March 13, 2012.

March 10 2012

22:05

History of Criticism 17

A class taught by Tim Morton at UC Davis, March 8, 2012.
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