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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Hanan Al-Shaykh Interview

October 2nd, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


As J.M Coetzee says, “It is an extraordinarily brave act for a writer to undertake to inhabit, fully and sympathetically, the life her mother lived. And yet that is exactly what Hanan Al-Shaykh does in “The Locust and the Bird,” her novel based on her mother’s story. We enter 1930’s Beirut through a nine-year-old child who arrives there from a small town in Lebanon. We see her drawn to the excitements of the city, to the thrill of the cinema, and most powerfully to Mohammad, the young man who will be the love of her life. Suffice that Hanan Al-Shaykh is a gifted story teller, the author of “Women of Sand and Myrrh,” “The Story of Zahra,” “Beirut Blues,” and “Only in London.” She lives in London and visits me to discuss her new tale about her mother. A beautiful and fascinating woman. Join us.

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Alexander McCall Smith Interview

August 31st, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

the-sunday-philosophy-clubOriginally Aired in 2004; One of the most remarkable writers to come along in recent years Alexander McCall Smith is widely erudite and has written more than 60 books including his wildly popular No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. His books range from the academic to children’s books. . . this charming and witty man is enormously well-traveled, a veritable fountain of words, ideas, and information. Absolutely delightful!

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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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Joseph O’Neill Interview

June 1st, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


netherlandJoe wrote Netherland, need I say more.

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