In collaboration with Literary Arts, we're thrilled to present Live Wire: Wordstock Book Festival Edition
Jonathan Lethem is a man with ambition. To wit: he’s the bestselling author of ten novels including his upcoming A Gambler’s Anatomy and the award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger. That’s right-- his book won a Gold Dagger. He’s also one of the pioneers of accessible speculative fiction writing, has won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and has appeared on the cartoon Bojack Horseman, as himself. Now, he traverses his next frontier-- our show.
We want to do a sound check for Lindy West. Check check, one two. We want to make sure you can hear us shouting about her new book, Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. We want to be certain you hear all about how she just won The Stranger’s Genius Award for books in 2016. Can you hear us yelling about her work as a columnist at The Guardian, Vulture.com, The Daily Telegraph, and Jezebel? Are we coming in loud and clear? Have you heard about her reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion, or her spots on This American Life? Should we go louder? Loud enough? Lindy West? Never.
Some people call Emma Straub a “New York” author, and they’re not wrong. Looking at her new (much-lauded) novel Modern Lovers, set in Brooklyn, it’s clear that Straub knows a thing or two about the city. But if you take a closer look at Modern Lovers, or her other books The Vacationers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married, there’s a few things you could call Straub, like a family author, or an infidelity author, or a regret author, or a love author. Not to mention a bestselling author whose work has been published in fifteen countries. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie.
Blitzen Trapper’s frontman Eric Earley describes their album Wild Mountain Nation, critical darling, as sounding “like it had been authored by a drunken scarecrow who had been dragged behind a truck.” That album was listed on Pitchfork’s ‘Best Music of 2007’, as well as making it onto Rolling Stone’s best-of list for that year. Blitzen Trapper has released eight albums to acclaim, have played virtually every cool music festival you’ve been dying to go to, and have just released a live album recorded at Third Man Records, to boot. Earley describes their sound as the kind of songs that “make you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl and fall in love forever, simultaneously.” You in? We’re in. How could we not be?