A podcast reading its way through the NYRB Classics, a series that resurrects fiction and nonfiction works worth remembering.
Eunoia by Christian Bök
In this bonus teaser, we discuss a work of experimental poetry chosen by a patron.
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The Radiance of the King with Frank Wynne
Writer and translator Frank Wynne joins us to discuss The Radiance of the King written by Camara Laye and translated from French by James Kirkup. We talk about the book's hilarious absurdity, reversal of Western tropes, and mysterious ending.
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Teaser: Persuasion by Jane Austen
This Valentine's Day, we decided to revisit a romantic classic that one of us hates and the other loves. Will the cynic be persuaded to change their heart?
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The Skin of Dreams with Chris Clarke
Chris Clarke joins us to discuss his new translation of Raymond Queneau's The Skin of Dreams. This delightful novel follows the wild imaginings of a daydreamer as he ventures from his dull reality in the outskirts of Paris to the glamorous heart of Hollywood. We talk about the challenge of rendering the original's linguistic playfulness in English and how Queneau's love of cinema helped inspire the book's form.
Teaser: Cover Design with Katy Homans
Designer Katy Homans reveals the secrets behind those iconic NYRB Classics covers, and we find out what color Edwin Frank hates the most.
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Tun-huang by Yasushi Inoue
In this episode, Kassia and Dylan discuss the Japanese novel Tun-huang written by Yasushi Inoue and translated by Jean Oda Moy. This work of historical fiction imagines how a trove of early Buddhist sutras came to be hidden in caves along the Silk Road for centuries. We talk about the book’s criticism of education, bureaucracy, and materialism, as well as the significance of freedom, preservation, and translation.
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Dig into this!
I’ve been a casual fan of NYRB Classics for years. It’s a great way to find something substantial and literary to read apart from the usual canonical Western writers. There’s also a lot of range - there are cookbooks, travel books, and poetry. I also love the iconic design and the cover art. A friend who’s also a fan told me about this podcast. I don’t listen to many podcasts, but this one has me hooked. Dylan and Kassia are excited about the books they review, and they bring a lot of insight to the discussions. I’ve just started listening and I want them to weigh in on the unread NYRB Classics that are sitting in my TBR pile! I highly recommend this podcast if you’re interested in classic literature.
a perfect balance
I think this podcast does something truly magical. Kassia and Dylan do a great job of navigating you through the NYRB classics series, without expecting either too much or too little of you. I think it’s hard to appreciate how they have made a podcast that is not only accessible but interesting to big readers and not-so-big readers. The guests bring something wonderful to each episode too! I think the early judgmental reviews could certainly stand to be reevaluated at the very least. This podcast is just getting better and better with time.
NYRB best publisher ever.
Therefore my favorite podcast! Thanks for this.