Archive for April, 2009

Interview with Wells Tower

April 26th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


everything-ravaged-everything-burnedWells Tower is one of those young, much heralded writers who lives up to his promise.  His stories in “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned,” many of which first appeared in “The New Yorker,” McSweeneys,” and the “Paris Review” are just a little off beat, just a little bit funny, just beautifully crafted.  Meet him now so that you know who he is when he scorches the literary sky’s in the next few years.

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Reverend Jen Interview

April 19th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

live-nude-elfI hope you are ready for the Reverend Jen….she is without doubt an original in the best sense of the word, in the tradition of Andy Warhol and people who gathered around him.  She calls herself an “Art Star” a designation she created for herself and others, and is indeed just that.  She paints, she writes, she collects trolls and runs a troll museum in her house.  She is also the author of a book called “Live Nude Elf,”  which should give you a sense of just how cute and funny she is.  She is a live, adorable elf, though not nude when I interviewed her.  She actually engages in underground participatory journalism a la George Plimpton or “Sexperiments,” as she calls them, to write stories.  For example she was the lube girl on a porno film, or another time she dated a Silver Fox.  Whatever she does you won’t be able to get enough of her…she is a riot and endlessly amusing.  Tune in and hear me uncover the Reverend Jen.

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David Grann Interview

April 12th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


the-lost-city-of-z  David Grann, a staff writer at the New Yorker, was so obsessed about what happened to the great British explorer Percy Fawcett when he disappeared in the Amazon jungles in 1925 that he put his life on the line and followed Fawcett’s path to find out.  “The Lost City of Z,” is Grann’s blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon and what really did happen to Fawcett.  If this and the fact that the book is a best seller aren’t enough to make you listen to my interview with David maybe the knowledge that Brad Pitt is making a movie of “The Lost City of Z” will.

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Linda Fairstein Interview

April 5th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


lethal-legacyRare books, dead women, and fabulously rich benefactors of the Library can all be found in Linda Fairstein’s new suspense novel, “Lethal Legacy,” which takes place on Manhattan’s upper East Side. Given that Linda and I both live there and love books we found a lot to chat about.

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