Paolo Giordano Interview

April 24th, 2011 by Lewis Frumkes

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A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one; it never truly fits with another.  In “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” Paolo Giordano a 29 year old particle physicist turned novelist creates one of the more charming stories of two damaged protagonists that I have read in some time.  His prose is original and stylish, captivating, not to mention moving and powerful.  Giordano’s novel won the Strega award and has sold in excess of a million copies in Italy.  Join me as I talk to this modest yet talented young author about his novel and his life.

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James Ellroy Interview

October 3rd, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Lee Earle Ellroy, or James Ellroy as you know him is one of our most unusual and acclaimed writers. Best known for The L.A. Quartet, The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential etc. Ellroy’s novels have been translated into film at a rapid clip. His style has evolved from from the classic noir of his early novels to what is generally referred to as postmodern historiographic metafiction. But it is on The Frumkes Show that he discusses with me his second memoir The Hilliker Curse. Trust me you are in for a ride. I don’t want to ruin it here in my introduction, but his memoir may be even more unusual than his novels. Sex, women, more sex, drugs, redemption. . . .Listen to the show you’ll understand.

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Miguel Syjuco Interview

April 18th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. . . taken from the world is the controversial lion of Philipine literature. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book. . . So begins “Illustrado,” a first novel by Miguel Syjuco winner of the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize. Join us as I get to know this much praised young author of great talent.

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Jane Smiley Interview

April 4th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Jane Smiley’s name says it all. She is smiley, as well as smart, sassy, saucy, and serious. She won the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres but has won and deserved many other awards for her numerous novels, non-fiction books, and even young-adult books. Jane is a fascinating woman. She loves horses, animals, and people and observes them in ways only she can do. She informs me provocatively that Missouri is not just a sleepy state, that it can be wildly explosive, that she grew up in a family that loved gossip, that the dark Nordic philosophy that there is no hope and it just goes down hill from there can sometimes make for interesting characters, and that the quirky scientist in Private Life was actually based on a distant relative from her past. Join Jane and me for some lively exchanges and peek into the wonderfully imaginative and complex mind of a gifted American writer.

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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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Sam Lipsyte Interview

February 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Sam Lipsyte is a funny man who has written a funny book. The author of the story collection Venus Drive and the novels The Subject Steve, and Homeland, and winner of the Believer Book Award, Sam Lipsyte is taking the literary world by storm with his new novel The Ask. The Ask is the story of a development officer at a small undistinguished college in New York whose life is a series of tragi-comedies. It is hysterically funny, and inventive on every page. Join Sam, who also teaches creative writing at Columbia University, and I as we explore his life and new celebrity in the publishing world.

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Orhan Pamuk Interview

January 31st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Originally Aired September 2004; Ferit Orhan Pamuk, or just Orhan Pamuk, won the Nobel prize for literature in 2006. He was born and still lives in Istanbul, though he has visited the U.S. and has taught at Columbia University. He is Turkey’s best-selling writer and the recipient of numerous prizes. Among his important works are My Name is Red; The Black Book; Snow; The White Castle; and Colors. He is a Muslim, though more in a cultural sense, and as a human rights activist has been outspoken about the Armenian genocide and also about Turkey’s treatment of the Kurds. Besides his huge writing talent and heart, Pamuk, at least in my opinion, is very funny.

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