The world's top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.
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Zadie Smith on Her New Historical Novel
Zadie Smith joins the podcast to talk about her new novel "The Fraud." And we talk about the recent controversy involving the National Book Awards and erstwhile host Drew Barrymore.
Elon Musk's Biography and Profiling Naomi Klein
Times critic Jennifer Szalai talks about Walter Isaacson's biography of the world's richest man and her recent look at the writer and activist Naomi Klein.
Talking to Stephen King and September Books to Check Out
Stephen King joins the podcast to talk about his new thriller "Holly." And Joumana Khatib gives us a look at six of the month's most anticipated releases.
Amor Towles Sees Dead People
The novelist discusses his career and his recent essay about cadavers in crime fiction, and the actor Richard E. Grant talks about his memoir and his love of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
What to Read in August
Sarah Lyall discusses a new thriller in which a scuba diver gets swallowed by a sperm whale and Joumana Khatib gives recommendations for five August books.
Ann Patchett on Her Summery New Novel
Ann Patchett returns to the podcast to talk about her new novel, "Tom Lake," and waxes poetic on Thornton Wilder.
Inspiring for everyone who finds his/her intellectual refuge in literature.
I first have to admit that I fell in love with Pamela Paul‘s voice when I first heard her on the podcast – personal and warm and full of humor, without ever seeming condescending to anyone.
I have been an enthusiastic regular listener for a long time.
Pamela and her colleagues and guests never fail to enlighten me, and anyone who thinks that literary criticism has to be dry and pedantic should listen to these animated discussions with the writers themselves.
I have heard and read the term “a writer’s writer“ again several times recently — and critics like A. O. Scott may have their own particular take on what that exactly means.
But I told my older brother — like me no spring chicken — that the podcast is helping me become what I will call a “writer’s ideal reader.” By that I mean someone who is very, very alive and alert while reading, constantly having a creative inner dialogue with the author.
“Why did you use this word? Why did you give the character this particular trait? Are you trying to help me see the world in a new and different way?”
The podcast helps me become ever more aware of all the choices that writers are making — and the high art that lets the author hide all of these choices so that the reader is left in awe and wonder at this “thing“ that the author has created completely out of her imagination!
Thank you, Pamela and colleagues !!!
PS I could have said something equally complimentary about the way you treat nonfiction books and your discussions with their authors.
My first podcast and love it!