Archive for February, 2010

Sam Lipsyte Interview

February 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


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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Joe Hill Interview

February 21st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Joe Hill is not only the award-winning author of Heart- Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, and now Horns, he is also a super-nice guy, who is bright, witty, and fun to talk to. He also writes comic books. For all of you who may be wondering is Joe Hill really the son of Stephen King and Tabitha King, the answer is yes he is, and on the Frumkes show he candidly speaks with me about his relationship with his distinguished father and mother. All I can say is if I were Stephen King I’d be proud as hell of this young man who is not only a loving and devoted son, but an outsized talent of the first magnitude. Imagine trying to mine the same genre as Stephen King and bringing to it a totally original voice and style. I picked up Horns and couldn’t put it down. The word dynasty suddenly seems apt.

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T.C. Boyle Interview

February 14th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


T.C. Boyle, or Tommy Boyle, who made up his middle name Corraghasan or however the hell you spell it, is wildly imaginative, funny, and a great story-teller. Wild Child, his latest collection of short stories is a perfect example.  However if you’ve never read, met or heard Tommy before do drop into the Frumkes show and hear the two of us laugh and carry on. By the way T.C. Boyle lives in a house in Montecito California in which Frank Lloyd Wright one of his heroes, once lived.

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Tony Hendra Interview

February 7th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Tony’s book Last Words which he wrote with George Carlin is careening around the best-seller lists as I write this, but Tony himself is here with me in the studio taping an interview. What makes this particular interview special is that Tony and I, old friends, are having a rollicking time when a knock on the door of the studio signals to me that Bruce Jay Friedman is in the studio to meet me later for dinner. I invite Bruce into the interview and the three of us just have a great time on air. Please enjoy a rare treat as I try to stay on point in the company of two of our greatest comic minds.

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