Author Author is an occasional feature of interviews with authors in Portland, either on tour or local writers. Ed Goldberg has been conducting these interviews for almost 20 years. Each interview discusses the author's current work, thoughts and process for writing.
Many people know John Mauceri from his work as conductor for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. What is less known is that the orchestra was re-created after a forty-year gap just for him to conduct. He has conducted around the world in a variety of classical formats, and is also an academic and an author. I spoke to him at his home in New York for his latest book, For the Love of Music.
Susan Mailer is the first-born daughter of Norman Mailer and the author of In Another Place: With and Without My Father Norman Mailer. As one might suspect, this memoir is not the usual story. I found it entertaining and informative, especially since I was an admirer of her father's work. She called from Chile, the first time I have conducted an intercontinental interview.
Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. He is the author of the novella ATTA (2011) and the novel I Hate the Internet (2016), an international best seller that has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in seven languages. His current novel is Only Americans Burn in Hell, a kind of Swiftian, take no prisoners satire. I spoke with him at our studios, and he made me laugh.
I had the opportunity to see Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore East. She was astonishing. Her untimely death was a blow to the 60s music scene, and felt personally by her fans. There has been much misinformation over the years about Janis's life, some of it her own creation. Holly George-Warren has done a brilliant and sensitive job of sifting through the life of this icon, and produced a complete and sympathetic biography.
I spoke with her at our studios.
[This interview is unabashedly left progressive. Even if you consider yourself a conservative, I urge you to listen. Thom Hartmann is a scholar of American history and politics and I have not found him to get his facts wrong.]
Talkers Magazine ranks Thom as the #1 progressive talk show host in America, with a cumulative audience of 6.5 million (excluding the TV audience). For 9 years he also hosted an evening TV program that was first carried by Free Speech TV and later picked up by RT TV out of Washington, DC. He separated from RT in 2017. He is also a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 24 books in print. He invented the "hunters in a farmer's world" reframe for ADHD and wrote 5 books on the subject. His latest book is a history and analysis of the US Supreme Court. I learned a lot from it.
Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University. While at Iowa, Cara taught fiction writing in the undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in her capacity of founder and inaugural director. She went on to teach middle school English and History and has been published by Glamour, Salon and The San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in New York City with her family. Her latest novel is The Dearly Beloved. I spoke with her at our studios.