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This week on Book Talk DJ Kory takes you through his highlights from 2011. We will hear some of the best moments, wittiest responses and most entertaining readings from the last 52 episodes of Book Talk.
Matthew Zingg’s work has appeared in the Cider Press Review, the Madison Review, Low Log, and Opium Magazine among others. He is a co-founder of the writers collective, 1441, and lives in Brooklyn.
Michael Lala grew up mostly in the western United States and Tokyo, and studied writing in Michigan. He is the author of the chapbooks [fire!] ([sic] Detroit) and Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus). His poems and text art have appeared or will in the Red Cedar Review, Low Log, Underwater New York, HTMLGIANT, I Am a Natural Wonder, and GQ Italy online, among others. He curates Fireside Follies, is a founding member of 1441, and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Fine Fine Music is a collection of stories about the other side of rock and roll and coming of age in the land that time forgot. Lake Ronkonkoma is stuck in 1981, an alcoholic blackout of unnaturally tanned people waxing their Camaros to Foreigner on cassette and knowing the words to every Billy Joel song whether you want to or not. From an internship making Sea monkey costumes, a childhood fear of “My Buddy” dolls, and a heartbreaking crush on Aerosmith, funny lady Cassie J. Sneider delivers her tales of growing up in a land of fist-pumping Snookies with the antagonistic wit of a record store clerk.
This week on Book Talk I discuss the OWS movement and a book about the history and mystery of the Federal Reserve and the banking system in our country, The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. I then go on to discuss the fall of MF Global and Jon Corzine. I also examine the deep friendship between Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson–a relationship that has given us great books and now a great film, The Rum Diary. Finally, in keeping with the Halloween theme on BTR, I end the show with a reading of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
Compared to the famed Shakespeare and Company by Gonzague Pichelin, a French filmmaker whose award-winning documentary “Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man” celebrates the legendary Parisian shop and its late proprietor George Whitman, The Raconteur is a bookstore in Central New Jersey owned by Alex Dawson and John W. McKelvey. The Raconteur sits on no river and while Shakespeare and Co. faces Notre dame, this Metuchen shop stands across from, well, a dry cleaner, but with its looming bookcase “corridors,” an in-house publishing company, and strong connections to many acclaimed poets and novelists, similarities to what Dawson calls his “romantic model” abound.
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How necessary are reviews? The more that books go online, both as products for sale and as content to read, the more they are reviewed in this medium. What is the purpose of the review? What is its intent? Reviewing books, or any art for that matter, is a subjective science; but a necessary one. Today on Book Talk I speak with two founders of websites that use and analyze the art of the book review.
One good thing about “33 Revolutions Per Minute,” which is subtitled “A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day,” is that Mr. Lynskey doesn’t waste much time shooting bad political songs like fish in a barrel. He’s more interested in protest songs — Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” — that make the hair on your neck stand up, even decades later.
This week BreakThru Radio has been investigating the small screen—how we use it, why we use it, how it is changing the way we share and receive information and data. Reading is a medium that has perhaps changed the most, more than music, gaming, or video. How has reading changed and why do we continue to read when surrounded with so many other options? I take a look at the history of reading and how technology has changed the way we read.
What do you get when you plop a moody Midwesterner in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, then grant him a dream job and visions of true love? Here, Steve Friedman recounts with utter honesty and mordant clarity those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and including his awkward efforts to impress his terrifying boss and find his future wife. For anyone who has ever confronted the endless opportunities of a big city, only to discover how hard it is to succeed, this boisterous memoir will prove irresistible.
This week on Book Talk is guest-less. I talk briefly about the conflict of scheduling Party Week with the 10th year anniversary of September 11th. There is a reading from The Rum Diary, one of the ultimate party books. Finally, I will review some of the upcoming hot releases for fall, 2011.
Does nothing matter? It shouldn’t do. After all, nothing is …well… nothing.
“The bare bones of the plot are certainly gripping — the loss of a son she never knew, the lifelong grieving process and investigation of that loss — but it is Groom’s writing that stakes out the book’s place in the genre and, in ways, seeks to elevate it. After reading I Wore the Ocean, you’ll wish that more poets would write their lives in prose — Groom’s voice feels vital and awake, uncompromising and refreshingly spare.” – Rachel Syme, npr.org
In this remarkable new work, writer and filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio tells the astonishing and dramatic story behind Johnny Cash’s virtually unknown folk protest record Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. Recorded four years before his live performance at Folsom Prison and six years before he recorded “Man in Black,” Cash, by making Bitter Tears, placed himself in the middle of the fervent social upheavals gripping the nation at the time Cash faced censorship and an angry backlash from radio stations, DJs, and fans, for speaking out on behalf of Native people on Bitter Tears. Cash decided to fight back.
Equal parts hip-hop memoir, razor-sharp analysis of the current political climate, and self-help manual for the progressive movement, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement (Akashic) hits bookstores this fall. Considering the author is venerated political organizer Billy Wimsatt, it’s no surprise that the release date is just ahead of the November 2 midterm election.
It is Peter Pan Syndrome week here on BreakThru Radio, so, as the shoe fits, wear it. I do a reading from the J.M. Barrie story/play that provides the foundation to the complex.
This week on Book Talk we have illustrator/artist Ricardo Cortes who collaborated with Adam Mansbach to be the first ever children’s book to go “viral” before ever being released.
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano at night. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.
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In his 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, Christopher Kennedy Lawford chronicled his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for the past 24 years with the hopes of making a difference.
For half-Native American Minx, this is not superstition; it is reality. Once a struggling young artist in New York City, Minx’s life is changed forever after suffering a vicious attack and slipping into a coma. But she doesn’t wake in the same world she left; rather, she finds herself in Dreamtime, the alternate reality that humans inhabit when they sleep.
This week’s show is dedicated to fathers. As a special guest, I spoke to my own dad over the phone about the importance and lessons of teaching reading to children and the important role dads play in early childhood development. I then interview Eric Best, who is a very accomplished writer, journalist, and entrepreneur. His most recent publication, Into My Father’s Wake, records Eric’s 5000-mile solo sail as he struggles to come to terms with a recent divorce, solitude at sea and the impact of his powerful father in his life.
Professional Idiot recounts Stephen “Steve-O” Glover’s glory days, drug addiction, and his path of recovery and redemption–all while maintaining the bravado and humor for which he is famous. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot is sure to entertain Steve-O’s many loyal fans who have been with him through all the fucked-up things he has done.
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good romp and a good wife–although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex.” In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, the entire cast of characters from Austen’s classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way – and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.
A book that celebrates the library’s vast collection – and patrons – by featuring a diverse group of celebrities, including Stephen Colbert, the Harlem Globetrotters and Yoko Ono, posing with or discussing their favorite library treasure. Its distribution is part of the library’s centennial celebration.
“We aren’t just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren’t made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed.”
Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through Spoken Word Poetry. Conceived in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages young people to engage with the world around them and use Spoken Word Poetry as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their culture, their society, and ultimately themselves. Project V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary.
It’s 2008. Jim Axelrod—once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in 2003—is covering the final stages of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s forty-five years old and thirty pounds overweight. He’s drinking too much, sleeping too little, and scarcely seeing his family. He’s just figured out that the industry that pulled him up the corporate ladder is imploding as he’s reaching for its final rungs. Then, out of the blue, Jim discovers his late father’s decades-old New York Marathon finish times. At forty-six, Bob Axelrod ran a 3:29:58. With everything else going on in his life, Jim sets himself a defining challenge: “Can I beat him?”

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