In this episode, meet journalist Hari Kunzru, author of Red Pill, poet and critic Dan Chiasson, author of The Math Campers, and professor Deborah Tannen, author of Finding My Father.
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From the widely acclaimed author of White Tears, a bold new novel about searching for order in a world that frames madness as truth. After receiving a prestigious writing fellowship in Germany, the narrator of Red Pill arrives in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee and struggles to accomplish anything at all. Instead of working on the book he has proposed to write, he takes long walks and binge-watches Blue Lives—a violent cop show that becomes weirdly compelling in its bleak, Darwinian view of life—and soon begins to wonder if his writing has any value at all.
The Math Campers is a father and husband’s meditation on love, adolescence, and the mysterious mechanisms of poetic creation. The poet’s art is revealed in stages in this “making-of” audiobook, where we listen as poems take shape—first as dreams or memories, then as drafts, and finally as completed works set loose on the world.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author traces her fatherâ€™s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell. As Tannen comes to better understand her father’s—and her own—relationship to Judaism, she uncovers aspects of his life she would never have imagined.
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