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Kevin Chau

May 17, 2019, 12:30pm

Pico Iyer on decolonizing travel: “The world has gotten so much more interesting in our lifetimes.”

–On The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

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Erin Somers on rich kids, melancholy, slapstick, and more: “I think that it would be really hard to go to that fictional house of Hugo Best that’s filled with amazing art and a pool and is great, and not want it.”

–On So Many Damn Books with Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard

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Hugh Ryan on the long, meandering path to finishing his book: “I was ghostwriting Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew . . . the worst things I’ve worked on in my entire life. I was eventually let go because I made Nancy Drew say ‘hell’ and ‘damn.'”

–On Literary Disco with Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong

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Reading Women talk biculturalism, The Mango Bride, and more: “She learns about customs, food, and landmarks like temples and markets in Taiwan. Understanding those cultural elements keeps her tied to her mother after her loss, and helps her with the grieving process.”

Reading Women with Kendra Winchester and Sachi Argabright

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Lydia Fitzpatrick on the imaginary Louisiana town of her novel’s setting: “It’s hard if you set something in a specific place, but you want to take some liberties with the layout, which was crucial for some of the plot points in the novel.”

–On Otherppl with Brad Listi

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Marlon James and Daniel José older against genre snobbery: “All fiction is speculative. We’re making stuff up.”

–On fiction/non/fiction with V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell

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Juliet Grames on restoring the legacies of our difficult grandmothers: “If you dig a little deeper and ask why . . . there is always a reason that has to do with something that was asked or required of her . . . often to protect or save her own life or that of a member of her family.”

–On The Maris Review with Maris Kreizman

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Nico Slate on the connection between Gandhi’s diet and his politics: “There’s something very beautiful about eating a delicious meal, and I’d never want to give that up, in fact I’d say there’s something spiritually important about that kind of beauty.”

–On New Books in Food with Carrie Tippen

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Saskia Vogel Talks Sex, Travel, and More: “She talks about connecting to sensuality and erotic energy of religious art or art in general or the carnal energies of the world. Like Madonna, she is going to stick to this pagan vision.”

–On The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

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