What is The Agony Column?
"He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. "Dear me!" said he, turning over the pages, "what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Red Circle
NEW!! 09-16-14: Time to Read Ep 172: Lisa See 'China Dolls'
NEWER!! 09-18-14: Time to Read Ep 173: Walter Mosley 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore'
A 2014 Interview with Walter Mosley
"... it was him saying what he felt, but for me it was a revelation about what I felt..."
I've spoken with Walter Mosey a few times and enjoyed them all, but once we sat down to talk about 'Debbie Doesn't Do it Anymore,' it seemed to me that from the very first moment, we were significantly upping our game. I have to say I was more than shocked; I loved the book that it didn't seem like a subject that would be ideal for a radio interview.
A 2014 Interview with Lisa See
"..it's not my worldview, but it was the worldview at that time..."
Lisa See manages to pull off some tough scenes in 'China Dolls.' There are, of course, lots of fun spots, crazy nightclub acts and engaging nightclub owners and performers. But when Pearl Harbor happens... turns out we didn't act much better then than we did after 9/11. And See understood the parallels going in.
Recent & Newest Podcasts
•A 2014 Interview with Nick Harkaway : "...we do a lot of policy-based evidence making here..."
•A 2014 Interview with Alan Cheuse : "...one of the first books I ever wrote was a Bobbsey Twins novel..."
•A 2014 Interview with Alastair Reynolds : "...the first book was going to contain about a hundred years of implicit future history..."