2008 Interviews

  • Deborah Eisenberg
    From the archive: 2008 Deborah Eisenberg reads from her latest collection of short stories Twilight of the Superheroes (Picador 2007).  We talk about the glories of the short story–and plays and politics.  We talk about public life, fiction and privacy. We also talk about empathy in fiction and economy of language. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/skt79ug7qchyd0n7s9nd0nw451zt1qxw.mp3 Download Audio Photo credit: …

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  • Amy Hempel
    From the archive: 2008 Amy Hempel reads from The Collected Stories (Scribner 2007). We talk about writing short shorts and writing prose poems–and about having that first line–how it shows you the way to the story. We hear a poem called “Sing to It.”  And we talk about dogs. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/kq6s3tjl3b34aee1cizeuee4k88bqaby.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: December 3, …

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  • Richard Price
    From the archives: 2008 Richard Price reads from his novel Lush Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008) .  We talk about Manhattan’s Lower East Side and his method for finding the story.  We also talk about screenwriting versus the novel, dynamic dialogue and The Wire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/u9zo8g3uwnrhm26t8174clcgrdbv17jz.mp3 Download Audio   Photo credit: Lorraine Adams Original airdate: …

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  • C.D. Wright
    From the archives: 2008 C.D. Wright reads from her book of poems Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon Press).  We talk about misery and love, “making it up,” and what it means to be an American Artist. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/o0dccnnfxatsba7owlqcbe54pmkjkx4m.mp3 Download Audio Photo credit: Forrest Gander Original airdate: April 16, 2008
  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris  came to town with his  essay collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown 2008).  In this conversation, we talk about the wonders of the public library, Tobias Wolff and Matt Damon, and fact checking. We also talk about balancing humor, unstable fables and little known ant facts. *archives: taped June 9, 2008 *photo credit: …

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  • John Marshall
    John Marshall reads from his book Meaning a Cloud published by Oberlin Press. We talk about chapbooks and broadsides, James Tate, and the shop in Seattle he co-owns with his wife–Open Books: A Poem Emporium.  We also talk about how to structure a book that spans several decades of poems–and the marketplace.     For more …

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  • textsound
    textsound: an online audio publication: two of the founding editors, Anna Vitale and Laura Wetherington, join T in the studio.  We talk about textsound’s mission and vision–and the experimental idea.  We also talk about the online arts community, the Scandanavian connection and the art of arranging sound in journal form.