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<p>Knausgaard?s third volume focuses on childhood. He says what he knows of people he knows from books. He continues in this tradition of telling with the written word.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Reflecting on his autobiographical novels, Knausgaard says literature should be about life; in writing, he attempts to find meaning within the banality of the everyday.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>An exciting first for <em>Bookworm</em>, recently married literary-couple <strong>Michael Carroll</strong> and <strong>Edmund White</strong> join us for a double-interview.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Do we have a need for a connection with heaven and hell? Krasznahorkai's novel is a valuation of human life seen from heaven and hell through the eyes of a Taoist goddess.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Lydia Davis' observations are crystallized on the page in a way that departs from conversational speech. We discuss the relationship between conversation and written word.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Sjón places classic epics side-by-side with Icelandic sagas of past centuries. We discuss how literature comes from literature and one story gives birth to the next.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>We are never prepared to discover our parents are fallible; Simpson's protagonist investigates his parents' lives but most of what he uncovers he doesn't wish to know.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>VanderMeer's trilogy chronicles expeditions orchestrated by a government agency called the Southern Reach into a dangerous landscape where reality and unreality blur.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>For Jeff Jackson, starting a novel is an invocation. There's an idea that telling our stories is cathartic but sometimes what you've really done is turn up the volume.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Emma Donoghue found the San Francisco she uncovered while researching for her novel far more modern than the Dublin she grew up in a century later.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Lorrie Moore's darkly humorous stories follow middle-aged men and women in states of lonely desperation trapped by the absurdities of their everyday lives.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Dustin Long speaks of the disappointment his generation has grown to expect at having prepared for a life that isn't there.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Love can become a false Eden. Michelle Huneven's protagonist retreats to the Sierras to write her dissertation but upon accepting a lover begins to dwell in their affair.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Irish author <strong>John Banville</strong> has written a new novel under his crime-fiction pseudonym, <strong>Benjamin Black</strong>, and in the guise of Raymond Chandler.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Originally from Beijing, Yiyun Li thought she would be a scientist. Writing in her non-native English, she addresses the emotional brutality of our time.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>T.C. Boyle's latest book demonstrates the breadth of his years as a story-teller. Now in his 60's he is turning towards the uncertainties of age and our planet's destiny.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Warren Lehrer's interest in the look and shape of books has led him to become "an illuminated novelist." We discuss the future of books, authorship and print itself.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Valerie Martin on her fascination with the ship Mary Celeste, found floating with no crew off the coast of Spain in 1872. She says she does not believe in ghosts, but?</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white?.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea. </p><div class="feedflare">
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