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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

    Elizabeth Wetmore: 'Valentine' (Part Two)

    Elizabeth Wetmore: 'Valentine' (Part Two)

    Elizabeth Wetmore’s “Valentine” is an impressive demonstration of the power of the voices of women.

    • 28 min
    Elizabeth Wetmore: 'Valentine' (Part One)

    Elizabeth Wetmore: 'Valentine' (Part One)

    Elizabeth Wetmore discusses her debut novel, “Valentine,” and Southern conservatism that wants to steer clear of the uglier parts of life.

    • 28 min
    Margot Livesey: “The Boy in the Field”

    Margot Livesey: “The Boy in the Field”

    Life and story go hand in hand in Margot Livesey’s “The Boy in the Field.”

    • 28 min
    Daphne Merkin: “22 Minutes of Unconditional Love”

    Daphne Merkin: “22 Minutes of Unconditional Love”

    Daphne Merkin discusses what normative means, the concept of a normal looking life, and her new novel, “22 Minutes of Unconditional Love”.

    • 28 min
    Zadie Smith: “On Beauty”

    Zadie Smith: “On Beauty”

    From the archives: obliquely about Zadie Smith's "On Beauty", this intense, abstract conversation is about what a novel is.

    • 28 min
    Alex Halberstadt: "Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning"

    Alex Halberstadt: "Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning"

    History, autobiography, travelogue—a hybrid form—"Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning", by Alex Halberst.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
405 Ratings

405 Ratings

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Spectacular Sontag

Such a great episode and engaging conversation with Susan Sontag’s biographer. It came as no surprise to learn how very fond 🥰 Susan was of Michael Silverblatt. I am too!! I’m a dear future friend Michael has yet to meet. LOL. Thank you for sharing your gifts, knowledge and insights, Michael. I’m mad about you, and Brad Listi and his Otherppl podcast— you’re my literary podcaster crushes. 💖📚

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The incomparable Silverblatt

I wonder if he had that voice as a child?

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One of my favorite podcasts

Michael Silverblatt is a gift to all bookworms. He loves to read and talk about his experience reading, feeling, and thinking about books. His questions aren’t so much questions as rolling, rambling invitations for conversation with guests. Plus that voice. Oh that voice.

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