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09-22-12 UPDATE: Podcast Update:Time to Read Episode 65: David Rich, 'Caravan of Thieves'

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Here's the sixty-fifth episode of my new series of podcasts, which I'm calling Time to Read. The podcasts/radio broadcasts will be of books worth your valuable reading time. I'll try to keep the reports under four minutes, for a radio-friendly format. If you want to run them on your show or podcast, let me know.

My hope is that in under four minutes I can offer readers a concise review and an opportunity to hear the author read from or speak about the work. I'm hoping to offer a new one every week.

The sixty-fifth episode is a look at David Rich, ''Caravan of Thieves.'

Here's a link to the MP3 audio file of Time to Read, Episode 65: David Rich, 'Caravan of Thieves,'




09-18-12: A 2012 Phone Interview with D. T. Max

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"...his mental life was full of so much drama."

—D. T. Max

D. T. Max's first book, 'The Family That Couldn't Sleep' hit home for me; I'm an insomniac from a family of insomniacs. I'd be on the look out for anything he wrote, and in the case of 'Every Love Story is a Ghost Story,' the title had me and of course, the subject — 'A Life of David Foster Wallace,' had me as well.

I managed to get D. T. Max on the phone to talk about his new book, and Wallace, as a man, a writer and a mystery. Max's book reads like a novel; and his main character is so incredibly complex and fascinating, it's easy to see how much Wallace was always the main character in his own books. He was a storyteller whose own story was very much a subtext for everything he wrote.

D. T. Max is currently on tour in the US and probably coming to a town near you soon. You can prep for your meeting with him and with his vision of David Foster Wallace by following this link to the MP3 audio file.




09-17-12: A 2012 Interview with Tad Williams

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"Is this the true order?"

— Tad Williams

When I sat down with Tad Williams at KUSP, my intention was to talk to him about the upcoming adaptation of 'Tailchaser's Song.' I didn't know about 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven' until he handed me a copy before the conversation.

I was going to keep things pretty short and snappy. But it didn't take long for me to see that Tad and I were going to have another fabulous, in-depth conversation about 'Tailchaser's Song,' the universe and everything Tad Williams. There was, I suppose a bit of kismet about. There are definite similarities between 'Tailchaser's Song' and 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven' in terms of perspective.

Tad and I talked over a month ago, but I waited until readers and listeners could actually buy the book to run this interview. I often work too far in advance, I am told. I'm trying to correct this; I hope this catches readers just as the book is showing up.

'The Dirty Streets of Heaven' is in most ways quite different from the rest of Williams' oeuvre. I really enjoyed his use of first person and the prose voice he found. And his use of his own world-building skills is really intriguing, because he incorporates them into the mystery plotline.

Talking with Tad about his writing is fun because he's very self-aware and self-analytical about his process. He seems to shine a light on himself as he works, which is unusual. But it certainly makes an interviewer's job easier. I have to say I was truly thrilled to hear the planned release schedule for these novels. Suffice it to say that we won't be aging noticeably before we're able to finish reading the first three. I suspect there will be more. I do plan to go back to the well and bring Tad in again soon. In the interim, here's a link to the MP3 audio file of our conversation.



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