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!!! 06-26-15: Time to Read Episode 207: Neal Stephenspon : Seveneves
A 2015 Interview with Neal Stephenson
"...and know that you're never going to se a tree again..."
— Neal Stephenson
It's fun talking to Neal Stephenson about his books because he puts so much clear-headed cogitation into them – and he's able to discuss not just what he says, but how he came to say it the way he says it. 'Seveneves' is a big book that reads like a gripping 300-page thriller. But it is first and foremost a science fiction novel of what Joe R. Lansdale called 'big thinks." In other words, get ready to have your mind boggled. If Stanley Kubrick was around, we could only hope that he'd take up this one as a bookend for 2001.
A 2015 Interview with Dan Simmons
"...yes, they really did bring those bombs..."
— Dan Simmons
It's always a pleasure to speak with Dan Simmons, and I was especially looking forward to peaking with him about 'The Fifth Heart.' From the first time I heard about this book from him, I wanted to read it and then talk to him about it afterward, because it seemed it would be so much of a reader's book.
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