Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Interview

January 17th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher, novelist, MacArthur Fellow who writes about subjects that fascinate her. Usually brilliant people like herself. In 36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, her entertaining new novel, Rebecca introduces Cass Seltzer, a kind and gentle best-selling atheist who is drawn into a constellation of eccentric and interesting intellectuals from Harvard who both fuss over him and mesmerize him.  They are assorted poets, mystics, and geniuses including one six-year-old mathematical prodigy who is the son of a Hasidic Rebbe. Suffice that Goldstein’s novel is great fun as is Rebecca herself who in real life is as interesting as any of her characters and plays house with the redoubtable Steven Pinker. She knows whereof she speaks.

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Jasper Fforde Interview

January 10th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Jasper Fforde is a British novelist unlike any you have ever read. He is a literary experimentalist of the first order who has carved out a special niche for himself within the literary world. His first novel The Eyre Affair was published in 2001 and followed by a series called Thursday Next about a literary detective of that name. He is unfailingly inventive, and clever, and fun to interview. But then what would you expect from a young man who owns and flies his own DH 82 Tiger Moth airplane. On the Frumkes Show Jasper discusses his life and the publication of his latest book Shades of Gray.

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Audrey Niffenegger Interview

December 20th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


“I’m 39 years old, and I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, which is the first suburb north of Chicago. I’m a spinster (albeit a spinster with a permanent boyfriend) and I live in a white stucco bungalow with my cats, Muybridge and Claudine. I’ve been writing since I was a tiny child, and I always made pictures to go with the words.” How could you not love a writer who describes herself thusly. She did write The Time Traveler’s Wife, and the recent Her Fearful Symmetry, and is an accomplished and talented artist. . . but that is all you need to know. Want to know more? Listen to our interview.

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Jonathan Lethem Interview

October 24th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


Jonathan Lethem tells me he thinks Chronic City is his best and most complete work. This evaluation becomes interesting in light of the fact that we have a clash of critics in the Times. Michiko Kakutani in the daily New York Times reviewed the novel unkindly while Gregory Cowles on the cover of the New York Times Book Review called it a “bravura eighth novel.” Lethem, a MacArthur Award recipient, who has developed his reputation with “Motherless Brooklyn,” and “Fortress Of Solitude,” and been compared to a young Saul Bellow probably has little to fear from the critics, yet it is interesting to hear him discuss his current work and raison d’etre in his own words.

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Lorrie Moore Interview

October 3rd, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


Caryn James in The New York Times Book Review said of Lorrie “She may be the most acute and lasting writer of her generation,” and personally I don’t doubt it. One has only to read some of Lorrie’s short stories in “Birds of America,” “Like Life,” or “Self-Help,” or her novels, “Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?” “Anagrams,” or her latest “A Gate At The Stairs,” to realize that you are in the presence of a major talent. Yes she has won dozens of prizes for her writing, and yes she is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, but Lorrie Moore possesses that literary je ne sais quoi that is not immediately translatable until you meet her in the flesh. She has a certain charm, look, and disarming modesty that at first takes you off guard but soon announces itself as quiet confidence fused with high intelligence, playfulness, and a crackling sense of humor. A devastating combination I might add. Join me when I meet Lorrie for the first time in person and we get to know one another for you on the air. I think you’ll enjoy this remarkable writer. I did.

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Interview with Tania James

May 17th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


atlas-of-unknowns“Atlas of Unknowns” is a sisterhood tale from India like nothing you’ve ever read before.  Sample the bright new fiction of Tania James a young talent Knopf plucked right out of Harvard and Columbia journalism school.  Nathan Englander calls her “The Real Deal.”  Judge for yourself.

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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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Janette Turner Hospital Interview

February 8th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


orpheus-lostIf you are into mathematics, music, and love, you will find Jeanette Turner Hospital’s ORPHEUS LOST, entrancing. We discuss it and literature on this program.

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Andrew Davidson Interview

November 23rd, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


the-gargoyleThe opening of The Gargoyle may be one of the most horrifying passages in all literature. If you can get through it, you may be surprised at the beauty and range of Davidson’s writing.

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Francesca Marciano Interview

November 16th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


the-end-of-mannersBeautiful Italian novelist Francesca Marciano talks with me about her first book, CASA ROSSA, which is set in Kenya, and about the difficulties of writing in English when English is not your first language.

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