06-13-12 UPDATE:Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 48: Leonard Mlodinow, 'Subliminal'
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Here's the forty-eighth 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 forty-eighth episode is a look at Leonard Mlodinow, 'Subliminal.'
"Every book just has to have some fun parts for the guy who writes it."
— Richard Ford
I spoke with Richard Ford six years ago, in 2006, about his novel 'The Lay of the Land.' That's a long time, but given the quality of his latest novel, 'Canada,' it was clearly worth the wait. As we sat down to talk in the studio at KQED in An Francisco, we realized that we were in the same room where we had spoken so long ago. That sense of familiarity permeated the conversation. It made discussing the book even more pleasurable.
'Canada' is a fascinating example of The Great American Novel. It's a straightforward narrative about an American family that does not deal well with the travails that life puts in their path. The narrator may not thrive, exactly, but he does get on, and make a good life for himself.
Novels of this stature can be difficult to discuss, simply because the process of creation is almost entirely internalized, but Ford and I explored both the themes and the means of making 'Canada.' His research was unexpected, but when you read the book, you'll see precisely how it plays out. It's so interesting to hear him talk about this, because it will inform your reading experience in a manner that will, I trust, provide even greater pleasure as your read.
05-04-13: Commentary : Reasons Not to Leave the House, Reality Check : The Truth Hurts Edition: 'Down the Up Escalator' by Barbara Garson, 'The Wolf and the Watchman' by Scott C. Johnson,'The Book of Woe' by Gary Greenberg, 'Confessions of a Sociopath' by M. E. Thomas