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July 3rd, 2017

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing (1997), Infinitely Demanding (2007), The Book of Dead Philosophers (2009) and The Faith of the Faithless (2012)....

Reading Is Critical
June 26th, 2017

Philosopher Simon Critchley reads and discusses recent works, Bowie and Notes on Suicide, touching on the beauty of endurance, the dangers of optimism, and the power of tragedy. Poet Nathan McClain reads from his debut collection, Scale.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

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June 24th, 2017

Edward Kelsey Moore has been a professional musician, performing with acclaimed midwestern orchestras including the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.  He has played on many recordings, and has toured nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, Mr. Moore has been a popular professor of music, training and nurturing a new generation of cello players. Edward Kelsey Moore's essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and in many literary magazines including Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell.  His essay "Piaf and Roadkill" received an...

Reading Is Critical
June 19th, 2017

Colson Whitehead & Deepak Unnikrishnan read from their latest novels, The Underground Railroad and Temporary People, each a work of hallucinatory dystopian fiction that uses surreal elements to convey the very real terrors of societies past and present.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

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June 18th, 2017

Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel ...

Reading Is Critical
June 18th, 2017


 

Since the release of her award-winning debut novel, ...

Reading Is Critical
June 13th, 2017

Haroon Moghul builds Muslim-Jewish engagement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He’s written for the Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and CNN. He and his wife want to move back to New York. Moghul discusses How to Be a Muslim: An American Story,...

Reading Is Critical
June 13th, 2017

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge University Press, 1999, winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award), Rembrandt's Jews (University of Chicago Press, 2003, named a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize), ...

Bibliographies
June 13th, 2017

 

 

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita...

Bibliographies
June 12th, 2017

Poet Clint Smith discusses his debut collection, Counting Descent, growing up black in America, and our society's problems with historical amnesia and cultural pathology. Critic Donna Seaman tells the story of forgotten artist Gertrude Abercrombie.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.  

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