What is The Agony Column?
"He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. "Dear me!" said he, turning over the pages, "what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Red Circle
NEW!!! 04-21-15: Time to Read Episode 202: Kazuo Ishiguro : The Buried Giant
A 2015 Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro
".... by the time I was writing this novel, the lines between what was fantasy and what was real had blurred for me..."
— Kazuo Ishiguro
It had been ten years since I last spoke with Kazuo Ishiguro, about his novel 'Never Let Me Go.' I was happily surprised to see that his new novel, 'The Buried Giant,' was also using elements of the fantastic. In this case he was employing the tropes of fantasy — more Greek myth than Celtic, in spite of the post-Arthurian setting.
A 2015 Interview with Erik Larson
"...said to have been found in the arms of a dead German sailor..."
— Erik Larson
Erik Larson admitted that he was a bit nervous at the prospect of writing about the sinking of the Lusitania for his latest book, 'Dead Wake.' It's a well-known incident, though I have to say that "sinking of the Lusitania" probably summarized the extent of what I knew about it before reading the book.
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