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A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.

    Can't go on. Go on.

    Can't go on. Go on.

    Is it the best of times or the worst of times to be a satirist? Madeleine Brettingham, a writer on the BBC's News Quiz, joins us to discuss; Toby Lichtig on a new production of Endgame and the constraints imposed on Samuel Beckett adaptations; founded in the 1960s, the Oulipo was – and remains – a group of writers and scientists striving for "potential literature". Anna Aslanyan considers the movement's legacy


    March of the Lemmings: Brexit in print and performance 2016–2019, by Stewart Lee
    The Joke is On Us: Political comedy in (late) neoliberal times, edited by Julie A. Webber
    Endgame / Rough For Theatre II, at the Old Vic theatre, London
    The Oulipo and Modern Thought, by Dennis Duncan
    All that is Evident is Suspect: Readings from the Oulipo 1963–2018, edited and translated by Daniel Levin Becker and Ian Monk For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 48 Min.
    Anne Enright – a reading from Actress

    Anne Enright – a reading from Actress

    The Irish novelist reads an extract from her new novel, published in this week's TLS, in print, app and online  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 19 Min.
    Daniel Kehlmann, an interview

    Daniel Kehlmann, an interview

    One of Germany's most acclaimed novelists talks to Maren Meinhardt about his new novel, Tyll, a vivid account of a seventeenth-century trickster's journey through a Europe ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 29 Min.
    Bringing Tolstoy down

    Bringing Tolstoy down

    Caryl Emerson on Tolstoy’s art, ideas and life, and the extent to which these came together; Benjamin Markovits returns to a treasured childhood book: The Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook; Eve Babitz – a “fizzy”, “fabulous” chronicler of 1960s and 70s Los Angeles – is mid revival. Megan Marz fills us in.


    Lives and Deaths: Essential stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Boris Dralyuk
    Leo Tolstoy: A very short introduction by Liza Knapp
    Leo Tolstoy by Andrei Zorin
    The Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook by Gary Gygax
    I Used To Be Charming: The rest of Eve Babitz, edited by Sara J. Kramer
    Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the secret history of L.A., by Lili Anolik For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 46 Min.
    Carrier bag or stick?

    Carrier bag or stick?

    Lucy Dallas reports on theories, developments and disputes in the world of science fiction; Lawrence Douglas adds crucial historical context – stretching back to the Middle Ages, in fact – to the current US presidential impeachment; the poet Hannah Sullivan emerges from Princeton University Library with fresh insight into T. S. Eliot's love letters   


    The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula Le Guin
    The Expanse, Volumes 1–8, by James S. A. Corey For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 52 Min.
    Byron's oddness

    Byron's oddness

    Did Byron have an eating disorder? Mummy issues? Daddy issues? Does it matter? Emily A. Bernhard Jackson joins us to discuss; Stanley Donwood, the artist and designer of Radiohead's record covers, makes the case for this most democratic of artforms; Keith Miller on the work of the designer and architect Charlotte Perriand, a high-minded high modernist whose life spanned the whole of the twentieth century


    The Private Life of Lord Byron by Antony Peattie
    Charlotte Perriand: Complete works, by Jacques Barsac For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 50 Min.

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