||How to use the Agony Column
What it is
The Agony Column is a website, podcast and broadcast dedicated to
books, reading, literature, writers, readers, bookstores, booksellers,
publishers, artists, entertainers, entertainment and entertaining
verbiage. The name of the site comes from those sections of the broadsheets
where Sherlock Holmes searched for clues and clients; think of them
as the Victorian craigslist.
We currently offer written and audio content updated at least five
days a week. We offer extensive archives of book reviews and audio
podcasts, each assigned to one or more genres. If you know what you
want to find you can find it easily, and if you just want to browse
a few clicks can take you anywhere in the literary world. This is
a guide to the sections of the website. Take a few moments to read
it, then dive in and enjoy. Everything is linked to an above-the-fold
home page. If you have comments or questions, email us.
Here you'll find articles about current, past and upcoming books,
with images and links. You'll also find editorials, commentary, and
rants. We occasionally post literary HOWTOs and written or email interviews.
This is a general purpose section, updated five days a week, or more
if the literary news environment calls for it.
Our book reviews are in-depth, single-title reviews in a standardized
format. They are extensively cross-indexed by author and genre with
multiple genre assignment where required. Each includes an image of
the book; there may be more than a single review of a single book.
Here's a link to the Review
Archive, a master index of all books reviewed.
The Agony Column Weekly Broadcast
Each week on NPR Affiliate KUSP
— 88.9 FM covering central California — Rick Kleffel broadcasts
one hour of literary audio, including interviews with authors, publishers,
editors, thinkers and literary professionals. In this box, you'll
find out what's up next week. Rick Kleffel also does reports for National
Public Radio shows including All Things Considered, Weekend Edition
and others. When a new report is scheduled, you'll find out here how
to visit the NPR Website to hear the report and provide comments to
NPR. Here's a
link to the current catalogue of my reports for NPR.
Podcasts /Interviews & Audio Essays
Five days a week we provide original literary content, writers, readers,
booksellers, publishers, artists, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers,
scientists — whoever has something interesting to say! Mondays
we always run a long-form, in-depth interview. Tuesday through Friday,
we may have more long-form interviews, or podcasts of NPR reports,
or phone interviews, reports from live book events, audio book reviews,
and thins never heard upon this earth. We proudly podcast the SF
in SF shows, which feature readings, interviews and panel discussions
by speculative fiction writers, moderated by Terry Bisson and hosted
by Tachyon Publications
and the Variety Children's Charity.
Here's a link to the
Audio interview Index, but don’t use it until you're in a position
to download lots of audio.
Blog/Links : WYVT
Here's where I put links to book sales and events of note, those odd
links that you get sent that are actually Worth Your Valuable Time.
We may put reminders of upcoming podcasts and NPR reports here, or
cute pictures of the dog. If you have something that you think is
Worth Your Valuable time, send it along and if I Have Enough of My
Valuable Time, I'll post it.
The Book Review Indexes are extensively cross-referenced and there
are a lot of them. You can look at the Review Archive, which includes
everything in the new review format. But if you just want to see science
fiction titles (or at least what this website thinks of as science
fiction titles and we're generous to say the least in our genre assignments),
you can browse the Science Fiction Index; and there are indexes for
each genre including Science Fiction, Fantasy,
Fiction and Poetry.