In this episode, acclaimed modern crime writer Sara Paretsky and political satirist and novelist Christopher Buckley join Fiction/Non/Fiction co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to talk about pushing against the boundaries of genre writing. Buckley discusses how political satire has been redefined in the era of reality-television-star-turned-president Trump, and why his new novel Make Russia Great Again is a faux memoir. Then, Paretsky speaks about making the male-dominated detective fiction genre her own with the best-selling V.I. Warshawski series, and reflects on her recent collection Love & Other Crimes, which also features the iconic character.
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This podcast is produced by Andrea Tudhope.
Selected readings for the episode:
Make Russia Great Again
But Enough About You
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?
Losing Mum and Pup
No Way to Treat a First Lady
Florence of Arabia
Little Green Men
V.I. Warshawski novels
Love & Other Crimes
Anatomy of Innocence
“Christopher Buckley’s ‘Make Russia Great Again’ is the Trump satire we’ve been waiting for” by Ron Charles
“Sarah Cooper Doesn’t Mimic Trump. She Exposes Him.” by ZZ Packer
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
“Fawlty Towers” - Television series
“‘Art of the Deal’ co-author: Trump ‘couldn’t care less tens of thousands are people are dying’” - MSNBC interview with Donald Trump’s ghostwriter Tony Schwartz
“This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump
Fiction/Non/Fiction interview with Curtis Sittenfeld
Fiction/Non/Fiction interview with Jabari Asim
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
Anna Katherine Green
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Dorothy L. Sayers
John D. MacDonald
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