Archive for March, 2010

Yann Martel Interview

March 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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This has been a week of Mann awards. . .  first Yann Martel who won the Mann Booker Prize for Life of Pi in 2002, then Miguel Syjuco who won the 2008 Mann Asian Award. In Beatrice and Virgil Henry receives a letter from a taxidermist offering a puzzle he cannot resist. An epic journey results with a donkey and a howler monkey that allows Martel to explore profound issues of life, art, and truth.  Martel is no dunce, and has strong and well-developed views.

You will enjoy our exchanges.

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Fernanda Eberstadt Interview

March 21st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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I’ve known Fernanda for many years and once arrived for a book party at her father’s house a week too late. She is a lovely elfin sort of woman with a fey affect that is both sincere and charming. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and many other journals of opinion. She is fascinated by gypsies, has lived in Europe for many years.  She is the author of Little Money Street, and The Furies and her latest novel Rat, is winning much praise in literary circles. Listen in as I reacquaint myself with Fernanda.

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Adam Thirlwell Interview

March 14th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Adam Thirlwell is a literary wunderkind according to British buzz. Politics, his first novel, which was published in 2003, has been translated into thirty languages. In the same year, Granta listed him among its best young British novelists, and the New York Times has referred to him as a “prodigy,” and “unstoppable.” His Delighted States also much praised, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2008, and The Escape, just out and which FSG has characterized as a swift, sad, farce of sexual mayhem is the reason Adam comes to me. How could I resist a swift, sad farce of sexual mayhem. Tune in and meet Adam. . . at the very least he is a charming young man, and if the force be with him an icon in the making.

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Jules Feiffer Interview

March 7th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning comic strip ran for forty-two years in the Village Voice and one hundred other papers. A literary giant, Feiffer won an Obie Award for his play, Little Murders, plaudits for his screenplay Carnal Knowledge and an Oscar for his short animation Munro. In fact the list of his creative output is so distinguished I would need three pages to do it justice. . . for example do you remember the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth? So it was a delight to have Jules come in and chat with me about his life, his career, and his latest book Backing Into Forward which has received rave reviews in the New York Times and just about the entire review press. We not only had a ball, but Jules left me with a cartoon contribution to a new book I am working on called FAVORITE WORDS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE. More about that another time. Join me here and rejoice in the life of Jules Feiffer.

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