"It was very easy to literally just tell their stories..."
David Greene is as genial over the ISDN line as he sounds on NPR. He was on an assembly line schedule to discuss his book 'Midnight in Siberia.' I imagine a book tour condensed into a series of ten-minute conversations and my admiration for the man who sat through the permutations of questions with such a generous tone knows no bounds.
My sensibilities are a bit odd, so perhaps he hadn't heard my questions quite so many times, but the sheer quality of the writing in 'Midnight in Siberia' makes it clear why he can sound so great day after day on NPR.
"I wanted to show how close reality and fiction are..."
You won't be able to tell from this interview, but Azar Nafisi was losing her voice when she arrived to speak with me about her new book, 'The Republic of Imagination.' I met her at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz, where she was going to be speaking later in the evening for Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her wonderfully protective driver brought her some hot tea, and we sat down in a tiny room behind the pulpit and spoke as the sun set behind us.
Effusive is hardly the right term to describe our conversation, and as we spoke (or mostly her), the term rabble-rousing kept coming back to me. That was how I felt when I first read her book, and she brought that sort of spirit to our conversation. She was intense and passionate, but also precise.
That precision went a long way to helping her elucidate her takes on education, democracy and freedom to read as iut relates to freedom of thought. We discussed 'Babbitt' as a rather science-fictional novel, in that Lewis apprehends well the Things to Come that are not for the benefits of most of us. She also spoke to the power of reading to create memories not unlike those created by actual experience.
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