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10/20/14 — 10/26/14
10-26-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 180: Brian J. Showers : Old Albert: An Epilogue and Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu

10-22-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Phone Interview with Azar Nafisi : "..trying to create a reality which had not existed before..."

10-20-14: Commentary : William T. Vollmann Tells 'Last Stories and Other Stories' : Atlas of the Afterlife

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with William T. Vollmann : "...that's the choice we make with death..."

10/13/14 — 10/19/14
10-19-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 179: William T. Vollmann : Last Stories and Other Stories

10-16-14: Commentary : Alix Christie Hires 'Gutenberg's Apprentice' : Fifteenth Century Start-Ups

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Alix Christie : "This was the world's first tech start-up."

10-15-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 178: Alix Christie : Gutenberg's Apprentice

10-13-14: Commentary : Maureen Corrigan 'So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures' : The Power of Re-Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Maureen Corrigan : "On his death in 1940, there were remaindered copies..."

10/06/14 — 10/12/14
10-08-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 177: Maureen Corrigan : So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

09/29/14 — 10/05/14
10-03-14: Commentary : Lawrence Wright ' Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David' : Suspension of Belief

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Lawrence Wright : "...peace is possible..."

10-01-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 176: Lawrence Wright : Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

09-30-14: Commentary : Rebecca Alexander Will 'Not Fade Away' : A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Rebecca Alexander : "...like your hands are, and their arms are, engaged in this poetic dance..."

09/22/14 — 09/28/14
09-28-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 175: Rebecca Alexander : Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

09-23-14: Commentary : Lauren Beukes Builds 'Broken Monsters' : Dream Reapers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Live Interview with Lauren Beukes : "...fiction allows you to step into someone's head..."

09/15/14 — 09/21/14
09-21-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 174: Lauren Beukes : Broken Monsters

09-19-14: Commentary : Walter Mosley's 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore' : In the Flattened Light of Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Live Interview with Walter Mosley : "... it was him saying what he felt, but for me it was a revelation about what I felt..."

09-18-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 173: Walter Mosley : Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

09-17-14: Commentary : Lisa See Collects 'China Dolls' : Voice Power

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Live Interview with Lisa See : "..it's not my worldview, but it was the worldview at that time..."

09-16-14: Commentary : Lauren Beukes Illuminates 'The Shining Girls' : A Glimpse of Grubby Terror

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 172: Lisa See : China Dolls

09-15-14: Commentary : Alan Cheuse Reveals 'An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring and Other Stories' : Infinite Worlds Within

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Live Interview with Alan Cheuse : "...one of the first books I ever wrote was a Bobbsey Twins novel..."

09/08/14 — 09/14/14
09-10-14: Commentary : Nick Harkaway Unleashes 'Tigerman' : The Heart of the Hero

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nick Harkaway : "...we do a lot of policy-based evidence making here..."

09-08-14: Commentary : Alastair Reynolds 'On the Steel Breeze' : Everything and More

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 171: Nick Harkaway : Tigerman

08/04/14 — 08/11/14
08-08-14: Commentary : Alastair Reynolds 'Blue Remembered Earth' : Diffident Utopia

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Alastair Reynolds : "...the first book was going to contain about a hundred years of implicit future history..."

07/07/14 — 07/13/14
07-11-14: Commentary : Roz Chast Asks 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' : NO

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Roz Chast : "...I had no idea of how it worked because we had never talked about it."

07-08-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 170: Roz Chast : Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

06/30/14 — 07/06/14
06-30-14: Commentary : Alan Furst Passes 'Midnight in Europe : Wrong Side of War

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Alan Furst : "...certain periods are echoic..."

06/23/14 — 06/29/14
06-29-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 169: Alan Furst : Midnight in Europe

06-27-14: Commentary : Sarah Lotz Counts 'The Three' : The Uses of Fear

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Sarah Lotz : "...people need answers..."

06-25-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 168: Sarah Lotz : The Three

06/16/14 — 06/22/14
06-21-14: Commentary : Steven Galloway Conjures 'The Confabulist' : Creating Harry Houdini

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Steven Galloway : "...so much has been written about Harry Houdini..."

06-18-14: Commentary : Raymond B. Russell Heralds 'The Dark Return of Time' : An Atmosphere of Crime

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank on Parlor Tricks : "Off With Their Heads!"

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 167: Steven Galloway : The Confabulist

06-16-14: Commentary : Geoff Dyer Has 'Another Great Day at Sea' : The Steel Beach Party

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Geoff Dyer : "..but it was as nothing compared to the noise of planes landing..."

06/09/14 — 06/15/14
06-15-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 166: Geoff Dyer : Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

06-09-14: Commentary : Colson Whitehead Does 'The Noble Hustle' : Incandescent Memories of the Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Colson Whitehead : "...I won five dollars, and from then on..."

06/02/14 — 06/08/14
06-08-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 165: Colson Whitehead : The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Deaths

06-02-14: Commentary : Kaui Hart Hemmings Explores 'The Possibilities' : Framing Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Kaui Hart Hemmings : "I burned that copy and started fresh."

05/26/14 — 06/01/14
05-31-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 164: Kaui Hart Hemmings : The Possibilities

05-26-14: Commentary : Kent A. Kiehl Heeds 'The Psychopath Whisperer' : Prison of the Mind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Kent A. Kiehl : "How do you measure the cost of those sixteen homicides?"

05/19/14 — 05/25/14
05-21-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 163: Kent A. Kiehl, PhD : The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

05-19-14: Commentary : Justin Go Clocks 'The Steady Running of the Hour' : Time-Crossed Lovers and Wars

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Justin Go : "... there was always something that had to happen ..."

05/12/14 — 05/18/14
05-15-14: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer Grants 'Authority' : The Parallax Views

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jeff VanderMeer : "...the land people don't talk to the sky people don't talk to the water people..."

05-13-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 162: Justin Go : The Steady Running of the Hour

05-12-14: Commentary : Matt Taibbi Views 'The Divide' : Zero-Sum Economic Morality

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Matt Taibbi : "... the biggest bank robbery in the history of the world ..."

05/05/14 — 05/11/14
05-07-14: Commentary : Michael Marshall (Smith) Opens the Door for 'The Intruders' : The Kierkegaard Knife

05-06-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 161: Matt Taibbi : The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

05-05-14: Commentary : Ben Tarnoff Conjures 'The Bohemians' : Then In Now

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Ben Tarnoff : "How do you build a time machine? And it feels like narrative is the best way to do that."

04/28/14 — 05/04/14
05-03-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 160: Ben Tarnoff : The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

05-01-14: Commentary : Ayelet Waldman Seeks 'Love & Treasure' : Cross-Time Traffic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Ayelet Waldman : "...I was a kid in a candy store coming up with these characters..."

04-29-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 159: Ayelet Waldman : Love & Treasure

04/21/14 — 04/27/14
04-26-14: Commentary : Mona Simpson Opens 'Casebook' : The Adventure of Finding What You Seek

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Mona Simpson : "I think love stories do have a lot of terror in them."

04-23-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 158: Mona Simpson : Casebook

04-21-14: Commentary : Lorrie Moore 'Bark' : Undoing the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Lorrie Moore : "..when you read really trashy newspapers about people killing each other and all, they're usually in the midst of a divorce."

04/14/14 — 04/20/14
04-19-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 157: Lorrie Moore : Bark

04-16-14: Commentary : Michael Katakis Lets Fall 'A Thousand Shards of Glass' : Missives from a Parallel World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Michael Katakis : "..we haven't lived up to what people's illusions and dreams are..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 156: Michael Katakis : A Thousand Shards of Glass

03/31/14 — 04/06/14
04-02-14: Commentary : David Rich Steps in as 'Middle Man' : Spy Novels for the 21st Century

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with David Rich : "...so much is known so quickly..."

04-01-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 155: David Rich : Middle Man

03/24/14 — 03/30/14
03-29-14: Commentary : Carol Cassella Mirrors 'Gemini' : Two Places at Once

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Carol Cassella : "... we could provide good care for everyone..."

03-26-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2005 Interview with Lucius Shepard : "It's an urban war in Iraq."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 154: Carol Cassella : Gemini

03/17/14 — 03/23/14
03-20-14: Commentary : Dave Barry Warns 'You Can Date Boys When You're Forty' : Five Star General Humor

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Dave Barry : "...you have the right to demand that they grope your genitals manually..."

03-19-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 153: Dave Barry : You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

03-17-14: Commentary : Michael Marshall (Smith) Sees 'Bad Things' : Dark of the Heart

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Elizabeth Spencer, 'Starting Over: Stories'; James Magnuson, 'Famous Writers I Have Known'; Dasa Drndic 'Trieste'

03/10/14 — 03/16/14
03-11-14: Commentary : Ian Rankin Ordains 'Saints of the Shadow Bible' : Standing in the Shadow of the Past

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Ian Rankin : "...I knew that he would not want to leave the police force..."

03-10-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 152: Ian Rankin

03/03/14 — 03/09/14
03-04-14: Commentary : Michio Kaku Foresees 'The Future of the Mind' : Form Follows Function

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Michio Kaku : "But I'm a physicist..."

02/24/14 — 03/02/14
03-02-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 151: Michio Kaku : The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind

02-25-14: Commentary : Annie Jacobsen Files 'Operation Paperclip' : History as Thrilling Literature

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Annie Jacobsen : "Hitler's top scientists became America's own."

02/17/14 — 02/23/14
02-23-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jeff VanderMeer, Part 2 : "...still clear distribution lines for books...."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 150: Annie Jacobsen : Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

02-20-14: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer Seeks 'Annihilation' : Creative Destruction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jeff VanderMeer, Part 1 : "...obviously, something is subverting the landscape..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 149: Jeff VanderMeer : Annihilation

02/10/14 — 02/16/14
02-14-14: Commentary : Jenny Offill Engages 'Dept. of Speculation' :The Domestic Descent

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jenny Offill : "..where did the rest of me go?"

02-13-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 148: Jenny Offill : Dept. of Speculation

02-10-14: Commentary : Kelly Corrigan's 'Glitter and Glue' : Remembering Forward

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Kelly Corrigan : "You just hope you get to have that whole second act with your children."

02/03/14 — 02/09/14
02-08-14: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Life as an Internet Failure Edition

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 147: : Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

02-06-14: Commentary : Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoe Francois Bake 'The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day' : Cheese, Beer and a Crock Pot

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoe Francois : "I knew it wouldn't work."

02-03-14: Commentary : Jane Pauley Hears 'Your Life Calling' : Crossing an Economic Singularity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Jane Pauley : "..it suddenly hit me; I almost cried..."

01/27/13 — 02/02/14
02-02-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 146: Jane Pauley : Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

01-29-14: Commentary : John Rizzo is a 'Company Man' : The Crisis and Controversy Invention Agency

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with John Rizzo : "Even inside the bubble, you find yourself fairly alone..."

01/20/13 — 01/26/14
01-25-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 145: John Rizzo : Company Man: Thirty Years of Crisis and Controversy in the CIA

01-23-14: Commentary : Riane Eisler Wields 'The Chalice & the Blade' : Towards a Cultural Singularity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Riane Eisler : "Our policies, especially in the United States, are completely insane..."

01-22-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 144: Riane Eisler : The Chalice & the Blade

01-20-14: Commentary : Chang-rae Lee Ventures 'On Such a Full Sea' :We Are Your Mirror

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Interview with Chang-rae Lee : "...that floating quality to the voice that I enjoyed ..."

01/13/13 — 01/19/14
01-19-14:Agony Column Podcast News Report : Chang-rae Lee Live at Bookshop Santa Cruz : "...the odd ends of human moments..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 143: Chang-rae Lee : On Such a Full Sea (Live)

01-15-14: Commentary : Nathan Ballingrud Discovers 'North American Lake Monsters :Beyond the Mirror

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2014 Phone Interview with Nathan Ballingrud : "..a brush with the supernatural..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 142: Nathan Ballingrud : North American Lake Monsters (Live)

01-13-14: Commentary : David Sedaris Suggests 'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls' : Owls Are Perhaps Not as Popular as He Thinks

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with David Sedaris : "...three more steps, and you're at a komodo dragon eating a live deer."

01/06/13 — 01/12/14
01-08-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 141: David Sedaris : Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

01-06-14: Commentary : Tad Williams Enjoys 'Happy Hour in Hell' : Last Calls

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A (Late) 2013 Phone Interview with Tad Williams : "I'm in it, and it's like asking fish about water."

12/30/13 — 01/05/14
01-03-14: Commentary : Russell Banks Welcomes 'A Permanent Member of the Family' : The Rest of Us

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Russell Banks : "...my dominant interest in writing stories has to do with character."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse, Special Edition : The Horror Genre in 2013

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 140: Tad Williams :Happy Hour in Hell

01-01-14: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 139: Russell Banks : A Permanent Member of the Family

12-30-13: Commentary : T. C. Boyle Finds 'A Death in Kitchawank' : T. C. Boyle Stories II

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with T. C. Boyle : "I'm the type of writer for whom anything can be a story."

12/23/13 — 12/29/13
12-26-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 138: T. C. Boyle : T.C. Boyle Stories II

12-23-13: Commentary : Flannery O'Connor : A Prayer Journal

12/16/13 — 12/22/13
Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Bill Sessions : "...it gives a realism to what I think is this ideal searching..."

12-17-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 137: Bill Sessions : Flannery O'Connor, A Prayer Journal

12/09/13 — 12/15/13
12-12-13: Commentary : Frank Schaetzing Knows No '[limit]' : Landscape of Tomorrow Plus One

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Frank Schaetzing : "If you write about the future you have to face that the whole world has changed."

12-11-13: Commentary : KQED: Best Books of 2013 : Our Top Ten Literary Mind Melds

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 136: Frankk Schaetzing : [limit]

12-09-13: Commentary : Jean Ferry and Edward Gauvin Hail 'The Conductor' : Swatches of Undone Reality

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Edward Gauvin : "Fantastic stories have to move on this invisible slippage..."

12/02/13 — 12/08/13
12-02-13: Commentary : Susan Stinson Sees the 'Spider in a Tree' : Blessed in the Hands of An Unknowable God

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Susan Stinson : "The rhetorical moves are unbelievable."

11/25/13 — 12/01/13
12-01-13 Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 135: Susan Stinson : Spider in a Tree

11-27-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books, Continued : Speciation

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Jeff VanderMeer : "I'm highly visual as a writer."

11-25-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Embarrassment of Riches

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Anne and Christopher Rice : "I wrote with the door open, and he'd see me..."

11/18/13 — 11/24/13
11-21-13: Commentary : Christopher Rice Watches 'The Heavens Rise' : Hell Is Where the Heart Is

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Christopher Rice : "And that meant three major characters didn't make the cut."

11-20-13 Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 134: Christopher Rice : The Heavens Rise

11-20-13 Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 134: Christopher Rice : The Heavens Rise

11-19-13: Commentary : Anne Rice Unleashes 'The Wolves of Midwinter' : The Family Red in Tooth and Claw

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Anne Rice : "It's not really bestiality, it's just sleeping with a very hairy individual."

11-18-13: Commentary : Dan Simmons Looks Forward to 'Flashback' : The Unhappy Dystopia

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Robert Littlell, 'A Nasty Piece of Work' ; Gene Kerrigan, 'Dark Times in the City' ; Robert Stone, 'Death of the Black-Haired Girl'

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 133: Anne Rice : The Wolves of Midwinter

11/11/13 — 11/17/13
11-11-13: Commentary : Dan Simmons Faces 'The Abominable' : Adventure

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Dan Simmons : "Tibet, in those days, was truly unknown..."

11/04/13 — 11/10/13
11-07-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 132: Dan Simmons : The Abominable

11-04-13: Commentary : Bill Bryson Enjoys 'One Summer: America, 1927' : Turning Corners

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Bill Bryson : "It was the most amazingly eventful and magical summer..."

10/28/13 — 11/03/13
11-01-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 131: Bill Bryson : One Summer: America, 1927

10-28-13: Commentary : Margaret Atwood is 'MaddAddam' : Look Back to the End

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Margaret Atwood : "There isn't a general agreement about what normal and good is."

10/21/13 — 10/27/13
10-26-13: Commentary : Egaeus Press Engineers 'The Transfiguration of Mister Punch' : Nightmare in Three Panels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Stephen King, 'Doctor Sleep' ; Ann Rice, 'The Wolves of Midwinter' ; Michael Gruber, 'The Return'

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 130: Margaret Atwood : MaddAddam

10-23-13: Commentary : Hannah Kent Performs 'Burial Rites' : Isolation and Community

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Hannah Kent : "...it felt like some kind of kinship..."

10-22-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 129: Hannah Kent : Burial Rites

10-21-13: Commentary : Paul Harding Explores 'Enon' : The Path of Memory

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Paul Harding : "I'm just there to take it down..."

10/14/13 — 10/20/13
10-19-13: Commentary : Paul Harding 'Tinkers' : Adjusting the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 126: Paul Harding : Enon

10-16-13: Commentary : Nicholson Baker Follows His 'Traveling Sprinkler' : Changing Course

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Nicholson Baker : "...I did all sorts of things to get the voiceiness..."

10-15-13: Commentary : Nicholson Baker Introduces 'The Anthologist' : Evasion Is As Evasion Does Not

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 126:Nicholson Baker : Traveling Sprinkler

10-14-13: Commentary : Jonathan Lethem Plants 'Dissident Gardens' : How Does Your Family Grow?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Jonathan Lethem : "...we resist thinking about these things, and then suddenly it will become quite urgent figure it out, wait, where do I come from..."

10/07/13 — 10/13/13
10-10-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 126: Jonathan Lethem : Dissident Gardens

10-08-13: Commentary : Temple Grandin Minds 'The Autistic Brain' : Grading the Gradient

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Temple Grandin : "Well, I don't want to get cured."

09/30/13 — 10/06/13
10-05-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 125: Temple Grandin : The Autistic Brain

Commentary : Mark Epstein Examines 'The Trauma of Everyday Life' : You and Buddha

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Mark Epstein : "...it's hard to have a decent relationship if those early relationships are fraught...."

10-01-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 124: Mark Epstein, MD : The Trauma of Everyday Life

09-30-13: Commentary : Connie Willis Declares a 'Blackout' & 'All Clear' : Reading as Time Travel

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Connie Willis : "...you have so little control and not nearly enough information..."

09-29-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 123: Connie Willis : Blackout & All Clear

09/23/13 — 09/29/13

09-29-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 123: Connie Willis : Blackout & All Clear

09-25-13: Commentary : Marisha Pessl Directs 'Night Film' : Dark at Heart

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Marisha Pessl : Night Film

09-24-13: Commentary : Joshua S. Raab Conjures theNewerYork Book II : Export from LA

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 122: Marisha Pessl : Night Film

09-23-13: Commentary : Jojo Moyes Finds 'The Girl You Left Behind' : The Pleasure of Story

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Jojo Moyes : "It never happens on the page ... I have to plot really carefully."

09/16/13 — 09/22/13

09-19-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 121: Jojo Moyes : The Girl You Left Behind

Commentary : Ian Tregillis Does Not Eschew 'Necessary Evil' : Running Circles Around Yourself

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Ian Tregillis : "Gretl actually knew everything I knew..."

09-17-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 120: Ian Tregillis : The Milkweed Triptych

09-16-13: Commentary : Margot Leitman, No Longer 'Gawky' : Memory Serves Well

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Margot Leitman : "...the girl forever in the bottom half of a chicken-fight..."

09/09/13 — 09/15/13

09-13-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 119: Margot Leitman : Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase

09-12-13: Commentary : Alfredo Corchado Clocks 'Midnight in Mexico' : Beneath the Barrel

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Alfredo Corchado : "...they're going to kill an American journalist and I think it's you..."

09-10-13: Commentary : Ian Tregillis Fights 'The Coldest War' : Waif of the Depths

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 118: Alfredo Corchado : Midnight In Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness

09-09-13: Commentary : Benjamin Percy Marks 'Red Moon' : Satire Rising

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Benjamin Percy : "...I grew up eating bear, that's why I sound like this..."

09/02/13 — 09/08/13

09-05-13: Commentary : M. R. James 'A Pleasing Terror' : Essential Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 117:Benjamin Percy : Red Moon

08/26/13 — 09/01/13

09-01-13: Commentary : : Shouts from the Stacks : Writers as Dissidents, Intentional and otherwise

08-26-13: Commentary : Walter Mosley Searches for 'Little Green' : Reichenbaching

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Walter Mosley :"I let him go over and I was comfortable with that..."

08/19/13 — 08/25/13

08-23-13: Commentary : Anne-Sylvie Salzman Charts 'Darkscapes' : A Mind for the Night

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Phone Interview with Marisha Pessl : "...a modern sense of a dark odyssey..."

08-21-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 116: Walter Mosley : Little Green

08-19-13: Commentary : Ivy Pochoda Maps 'Visitation Street' : Pragmatic Magic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Ivy Pochoda : "I like when the inexplicable follows certain rules."

Agony Column Podcast News Report EXTRA: A 2013 Interview with Alfredo Corchado : "I keep using the phrase 'hope and dread'...."

08/12/13 — 08/18/13

08-15-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 115: Ivy Pochoda : Visitation Street

08-12-13: Commentary : Phillip Meyer Sires 'The Son' : Building Texas World by World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Philip Meyer : "...the folks who moved out there knew they were moving to a combat zone..."

08/05/13 — 08/11/13

08-09-13: Commentary : Gabriel Roth Examines 'The Unknowns' : Boundaries of Knowledge

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Gabriel Roth : "...going to parties and not really knowing how to have ordinary interactions with people..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 114: Phillip Meyer : The Son

08-07-13: Commentary : Revisiting Christopher Moore's 'Fool' : Fixing the Index

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read Episode 113: Gabriel Roth : The Unknowns

08-05-13: Commentary : Lisa Lutz Gets 'The Last Word' : Solving the Smart Family Mystery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Lisa Lutz : "I follow most of the laws, right?"

07/29/13 — 08/04/13

08-02-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 112: Lisa Lutz : The Last Word

08-01-13: Commentary : Koethi Zan Compiles 'The Never List' : Forever and Never

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Koethi Zan : "...some people were surprised that I could be writing such dark material and then lead the rest of my life..."

07-30-13: Commentary : Ruth Ozeki Clocks 'A Tale for the Time Being' : Reading is the Future: Man Booker Longlist Nominee Review and Interview

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 111: Koethi Zan : The Never List

07-29-13: Commentary : Andrew Sean Greer Explores 'The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells' : The Quantum Alternatives

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Andrew Sean Greer : "Is there an essential self?"

07/22/13 — 07/28/13

07-27-13: Commentary : A Quick Roundup of New Titles : Let's Look at the Inbox

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 110: Andrew Sean Greeer : The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

07-22-13: Commentary : Brendan I. Koerner Declares 'The Skies Belong to Us : Flight to a New You

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Brendan I. Koerner : "...they didn't even make hijacking a crime..."

07/15/13 — 07/21/13

07-21-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 109: Brendan I. Koerner : The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

07-20-13: Commentary : Austin Grossman Plays 'You' : Second-Person Shooter

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Austin Grossman : "...in videogames, you're constantly having to re-think what your idea of story is..."

07-16-13: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews Eddy C. Bertin 'The Whispering Horror' : "...able to provide every time a note of originality and creativity."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 108: Austin Grossman : You

07-15-13: Commentary : Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner Reveal 'The Rise of the Naked Economy' : Evolve or Else

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Ryan Coonerty : "...being naked can be a pretty scary thing..."

07/08/13 — 07/14/13

07-12-13: Commentary : Joe Hill Grows 'Horns' : Devil and Detail

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 107: Ryan Coonerty : The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace

07-10-13: Commentary : Helene Wecker Imports 'The Golem and the Jinni' : Supernatural History

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Helene Wecker : "...there is no template golem, they're all different..."

07/01/13 — 07/07/13

07-08-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 106: Helene Wecker : The Golem and the Jinni

07-01-13: Commentary : Joe Hill Licenses 'NOS4A2' : Your Mileage May Scare You

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Joe Hill : "..comedy and horror are almost the same thing, it's just the lighting is different."

06/24/13 — 06/30/13

06-29-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 105: Joe Hill : NOS4A2

06-28-13: Commentary : Nathaniel Rich Calculates 'Odds Against Tomorrow' : Kings of Catastrophe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Nathaniel Rich : "...he told me about this new job in high-level catastrophe risk consulting."

06-25-13: Commentary : Nina Allan Will 'Spin'' : The Colours of Memory

06-25-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 104: Nathaniel Rich : Odds Against Tomorrow

06-24-13: Commentary : Annalee Newitz Suggests 'Scatter, Adapt, and Remember' : The Samsa Survival

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Annalee Newitz : "...what helped most of all was thinking about really good science fiction..."

06/17/13 — 06/23/13

06-23-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 103: Annalee Newitz : Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

06-21-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra : Panel Discussion :Higher Mysteries : Laurie R. King, Sharan Newman, Julia Spencer-Fleming and Zoe Ferraris

Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra: Higher Mysteries: A 2013 Interview with Zoe Ferraris : "I wanted to create a man based on people I knew when I was there..."

06-20-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 102:Higher Mysteries : Laurie R. King, Sharan Newman, Julia Spencer-Fleming and Zoe Ferraris

Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra: Higher Mysteries: A 2013 Interview with Julia Spencer-Fleming : "What I find fascinating is the repairative nature of solving the crime..."

06-19-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra: Higher Mysteries: A 2013 Interview with Sharan Newman : "...Jews and Christians did mingle a lot, but there was still the tension..."

06-18-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra: Laurie R. King Explores Higher Mysteries : "In crime, we're dealing with passions."

06-17-13: Commentary : ichael Pollan is 'Cooked' : Transformative Immersion

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 interview with Michael Pollan : "The culture of barbecue is highly Balkanized."

06/10/13 — 06/16/13

06-15-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 101: Michael Pollan : Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

06-11-13: Commentary : Hardcovers Worth Having : A Quixotic Buying Guide

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A (Casual) 2013 interview with Robin Sloan : "These people deserve to be part of these stories."

06-10-13: Commentary : Karen Joy Fowler Suggests 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' : Best Served Cold

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Karen Joy Fowler : "We all question ourselves from time to time."

Agony Column Podcast News Report Extra: Matt Taibbi on Oil Price Fixing and Wall Street Reform : "...this entire debate can come down to sematics...":

06/03/13 — 06/09/13

06-08-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 100: Karen Joy Fowler : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Agony Column Podcast Extra : Karen Joy Fowler Preview Interview: : "My father was a psychologist."

06-03-13: Commentary : Kate Atkinson Pursues 'Life After Life' : Vision and Revision

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Kate Atkinson: : "I'm still in the war zone..."

05/27/13 — 06/02/13

05-29-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 99: Kate Atkinson : Life After Life

05-27-13: Commentary : John Langan Eyes 'The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies' : A Book Full of Novels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with John Langan: : "I think you have to be willing to change your characters...and change them in profound ways."

05/13/13 — 05/19/13

05-22-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 98: John Langan : The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

05-13-13: Commentary : Mary Roach ... "Gulp." : Open Up and Say "Awe"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Mary Roach : "I'd done a story on flatulence..."

05/06/13 — 05/12/13

05-12-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 97: Mary Roach : Gulp.

05-06-13: Commentary : Ian Tregillis Sews 'Bitter Seeds' : Darkness Blooms

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mary Robinette Kowal Reads "Evil Robot Monkey" at SF in SF on April 20, 2013 : "...not that there's anything remotely Regency about evil robot monkeys..."

05-06-13: Commentary : Glennon Doyle Melton Suggests 'Carry On, Warrior' : Fighting for Life in the Too Much Information Age

Agony Column Podcast News Report : : A 2013 Interview with Glennon Doyle Melton : "Ironically, confession is a little bit addictive."

04/29/13 — 05/05/13

05-04-13: Commentary : Reasons Not to Leave the House, Reality Check : The Truth Hurts Edition: 'Down the Up Escalator' by Barbara Garson, 'The Wolf and the Watchman' by Scott C. Johnson,'The Book of Woe' by Gary Greenberg, 'Confessions of a Sociopath' by M. E. Thomas

Agony Column Podcast News Report : : A 2013 Telephone Interview with Benjamin Percy : "I was thinking about what we fear right now."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: : Time to Read Episode 96: Glennon Doyle Melton : Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

05-01-13: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews An Emporium of Automata by DP Watt : "...from the bizarre to the grotesque, from the baroque to the uncanny..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : : Rick Klaw Reads at SF in SF on April 20, 2013 : "...those are the kind of people that don't get work anymore..."

04-29-13: Commentary : Ben Katchor Catalogues 'Hand Drying in America' : Subversive Cities of the Heart

Agony Column Podcast News Report : : A 2013 Interview with Ben Katchor : "...people are hesitant to make their own building into a ruin..."

04/22/13 — 04/28/13

04-28-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: : Time to Read Episode 95: Ben Katchor : Hand Drying in America

04-27-13: Commentary : Mark Morris Introduces 'Toady' : A New World of Horror

Agony Column Podcast News Report : : Thomas Frank from The Easy Chair and Harper's Magazine: TV's DC Fantasies : "... basically, everyone is corrupt ..."

04-22-13: Commentary : Danielle Trussoni Maps 'Angelopolis' : The Afterlife of Angels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Danielle Trussoni : "I wanted it to be accurate...absolutely accurate."

04/15/13 — 04/21/13

04-21-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 94: Danielle Trussoni : Angelopolis

04-17-13: Commentary : How Not to Leave the House : Reach for the Recycling

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Matt Richtel, Sophie Littlefield and Terry Bisson at SF in SF on February 9, 2013 : "You cannot do this all day long." Sophie Littlefield

04-16-13: Commentary : Stephen Kessler 'Scratch Pegasus' : Lens of Language

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Stephen Kessler : "..knit a formal coherence by way of sound and rhythm..."

04/08/13 — 04/14/13

04-14-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 93: Stephen Kessler : Scratch Pegasus

04-09-13: Commentary : Paul McComas & Greg Starrett Sew Up 'Fit for a Frankenstein' : Hands All on Gretl

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Matt Richtel Reads at SF in SF on February 9, 2013 : "I'm much more interested in the mental miasma..."

04-08-13: Commentary : Ruth Ozeki Clocks 'A Tale for the Time Being' : Reading is the Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Ruth Ozeki : "...through the act of writing, she would somehow conjure the reader into being..."

04/01/13 — 04/07/13

04-07-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 92: Ruth Ozeki : : A Tale for the Time Being

04-06-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 91: Lawrence Wright : : Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

04-04-13: Commentary : Danielle Trussoni Excavates 'Angelology' : Gothic Girl

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : : 'A Tale for the Time Being' by Ruth Ozeki, 'Odds Against Tomorrow' by Nathaniel Rich and 'Pandemonium' by Warren Fahy

04-02-13: Commentary : MacKenzie Bezos Sets 'Traps' : Need to Know

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with MacKenzie Bezos : "...without intention or recognition, we're playing important roles in the lives of other people..."

03/25/13 — 03/31/13

04-01-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 90: MacKenzie Bezos : Traps

03-28-13: Commentary : Patrice Vecchione Weaves 'The Knot Untied' : A Story of Poems

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Patrice Vecchione : "...a lot of my work in the first draft looks like prose..."

03-25-13: Commentary : Hugh Howey Spins 'Wool' : Backdated Dystopia

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2013 Interview with Hugh Howey : "...the great thing about dystopia is that you get to wear down the world ..."

03/18/13 — 03/24/13

03-24-13: Commentary : How to Never Leave the House : Nathaniel Rich, 'Odds Against Tomorrow' ; Benjamin Percy, 'Red Moon'

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 89: Hugh Howey : Wool

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATED: Time to Read Episode 88: Karen Russell : Vampires in the Lemon Grove [Re-tracked]

03-21-13: Commentary : : Nathaniel Rich Speaks 'The Mayor's Tongue' : The Story Where We Live

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview With Nathaniel Rich : "I spent a long time reducing the craziness factor..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 NPR First Books Report on 'The Mayor's Tongue' : First Books for NPR

03-18-13: Commentary : : Lawrence Wright is 'Going Clear' : The World According to Pulp

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Lawrence Wright : "...there's a psychic wound that couldn't heal..."

03/11/13 — 03/17/13

03-14-13: Commentary : : My Life in the Bush of Books : : Genre Fiction, Straight Up, No Chaser: David Walton 'Quintessence' ; Hugh Howey 'Wool' ; Helen Grant 'The Sea Change'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Sophie Littlefield Reads from 'Aftertime' at SF in SF on February 9, 2013 : "These characters are called beaters..."

03-11-13: Commentary : Karen Russell Meets 'Vampires in the Lemon Grove' : Monsters and Mirrors

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Karen Russell : "...we've made these strange mirrors...."

03/04/13 — 03/10/13

03-10-13: Commentary : Archive Review: Cory Doctorow's 'Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom' : Futures of Days Passed

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 88: Karen Russell :Vampires in the Lemon Grove

03-07-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : A Happy Trifecta; Monte Reel 'Between Man and Beast,' Seth Patrick, 'Reviver' and Dan Simmons, 'The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Gene Kerrigan, 'Rage' ; Stephen Dobyns, 'The Burn Palace' ; Yoko Ogawa, 'Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales'

03-04-13: Commentary : Robert McCammon Promises 'I Travel By Night' : Have Fangs, Will Travel

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Robert McCammon : "When I was a kid, I remember reading a book, and when it ended, it was sad to me..."

02/25/13 — 03/02/13

03-02-13:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 87: Robert R. McCammon : I Travel By Night

02-28-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books' : Genre-Go-Round

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Steven Gould : "...it came out of what-if..."

02-26-13: Commentary : Karen Russell Floods 'Swamplandia!' : Life in the Afterdeath

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Laura J. Mixon : "...we'd have to change ourselves..."

02-25-13: Commentary : Gregory D. Johnsen Escapes 'The Last Refuge' : News into Story

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Gregory D. Johnsen : "..he would shell somebody with one hand and then embrace them with the other..."

02/18/13 — 02/24/13

02-22-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : The Deep Range; 'Spectrums' by David Blatner, 'The Accursed' byJoyce Carol Oates, 'John Saturnall's Feast' by Lawrence Norfolk and 'Pandemonium' by Warren Fahy

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 86: Gregory D.Johnsen : The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

02-21-13: Commentary : Archive Review: Lawrence Norfolk Opens 'Lempriere's Dictionary' : Cross Worlds

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Leslie Klinger : "We're hoping for a streamlined procedure..."

02-19-13: Commentary : Word for Word Stages 'You Know When the Men Are Gone' : Beyond Adaptation

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Siobhan Fallon, Amy Kossow, Chad Deverman and Arwen Anderson : "We're looking at the shape of the text on the page..."

02-18-13: Commentary : Dave Barry Explores 'Insane City' : The Farce is Strong

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Dave Barry : "Where's the beef, Mr. Lama?"

02/11/13 — 02/17/13

02-15-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report: Time to Read Episode 85: Dave Barry : Insane City

02-13-13: Commentary : Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross Find 'The Rapture of the Nerds' : Alien Earth

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Steven Gould Reads from 'Impulse' at SF in SF on January 19, 2013 : "This full-disclosure thing would take some getting used to."

02-11-13: Commentary : Cory Doctorow Finds 'Homeland' : Eternal Youth

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Cory Doctorow : "Student debt is the new sub-prime."

02/04/13 — 02/10/13

02-10-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 84: Cory Doctorow : Homeland

02-06-13: Commentary : More Life in the Bush of Books : Blurring the Edges of the Ineffable (F. Paul Wilson, Jim Crace, Thomas Owen and N. A. Sulway)

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Panel Discussion with Steven Gould and Laura J. Mixon Moderated by Terry Bisson from SF in SF January 19, 2013 : "...the very difficult choices women still have to make between their career and their kids..."

02-04-13: Commentary : Ian Rankin is 'Standing in Another Man's Grave' : Rebus Reborn

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Ian Rankin : "Everything I know about writing I've learned from reading books."

01/28/13 — 02/03/13

01-31-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 83: Ian Rankin : Standing in Another Man's Grave

01-30-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Deep in the Printed Pages, Part 2 (Brian Lumley, James Blaylock, Edward Ball and Gheorghe Sasarman)

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Laura J. Mixon Reads from Child Left Behind at SF in SF on January 19, 2013 : "...out of fear, that I would end up..."

01-28-13: Commentary : Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd Write 'Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction' : The Story of Writing

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Tracy Kidder : "I always have a reader in mind, and that's Dick Todd."

01/21/13 — 01/27/13

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 82: Tracy Kidder : Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

01-23-13: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Deep in the Printed Pages

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Thomas Frank From The Easy Chair : "...they should be running a much larger deficit...."

01-21-13: Commentary : Jojo Moyes Sees 'Me Before You' : Hard Choices for Smart Characters

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Jojo Moyes : "...it would not have been true to his character..."

01/14/13 — 01/20/13

01-19-13: Commentary : George Berguño 'The Tainted Earth' Reviewed by Mario Guslandi : "A perceptive, enchanting storyteller"

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 81: Jojo Moyes : Me Before You

01-15-13: Commentary : Brian J. Showers Re-Issues 'Old Albert' : Epilogue to Epilogue

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Ken Scholes : "...I was writing characters who did not understand the world that they came from...

01-14-13: Commentary : Laird Barron Summons 'The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All' : No Silence in the Solid Shadows

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2013 Interview with Laird Barron : "I kind of rejoice when I wake up from a dream..."

01/07/13 — 01/13/13

01-13-13: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 80: Laird Barron : The Croning and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

01-10-13: Commentary : Laird Barron Peels Back 'The Croning' : Deep, Dark History

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Louise Erdrich, 'The Round House', Amanda Coplin, 'The Orchardist', Eowyn Ivey, 'The Snow Child'

01-08-13: Commentary : Lee Child Makes 'One Shot' : Locked Rooms

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Andrew P. Mayer :"...characters become their ideas, become their ideals..."

01-07-13: Commentary : Fariba Nawa's 'Opium Nation' : Home Pages

12/31/12 — 01/06/13

01-03-13: Commentary : Mark Valentine 'Selected Stories' : The Heart of the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 79: Fariba Nawa : Opium Nation

12/17/12 — 12/23/12

12-19-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Lee Child, 'Nothing to Lose' : A Review by Terry D'Auray

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Lee Child at Google : "...it goes beyond to a kind of consolation ..."

12-17-12: Commentary : Lee Child is 'A Wanted Man' : Strangers, Dangers and the Faces in the Crowd

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Lee Child : "To me, there is only one draft."

12/10/12 — 12/16/12

12-15-12: Commentary & Podcast: Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Hazenuts from Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express : Easy, Fast, Delicious Fresh and Left Over

12-14-12: Commentary : Graham Joyce Spells Out 'The Facts of Life' : Power of the Matriarchy

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Tad Williams at SF in SF on October 12, 2012 : "...he has to be a hero just to be there..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 77: Lee Child : A Wanted Man

12-11-12: Commentary : Graham Joyce Finds 'The Limits of Enchantment'' : The Complications of Beauty

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2004 Interview with Graham Joyce : "I like offering the stories of these midlands people..."

12-10-12: Commentary : Susannah Cahalan's 'Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness' : Losing Your Own Story

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Susannah Cahalan : "I remember them like dream-like states."

12/03/12 — 12/09/12

12-08-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 77: Susannah Cahalan : Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

12-07-12: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews Jerome K. Jerome 'Weeds' : Still Elegant, Enticing, Insightful After 120 Years

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Ken Scholes, Andrew Mayer, and Tad Williams Discuss EPIC Fantasy Moderated by Terry Bisson on October 12, 2012 : "...you could spend your entire career not having a career by going back and re-working the same five chapters..."-Ken Scholes

12-05-12: Commentary : Lee Child Hits the 'Killing Floor' : "No laws to worry about"

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Ken Scholes Reads at SF in SF on October 12, 2012 : "There was a time when I used to get up and preach..."

12-03-12: Commentary : Justin Cronin Counts 'The Twelve' : The Tropes of Christmas Past and Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Justin Cronin : "How do you re-assemble a world?"

11/26/12 — 12/02/12

12-01-12: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Around the Inner Worlds

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Charles Burns and Chris Ware : "..Tolstoy, the greatest writer who ever lived ..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 76: Justin Cronin : The Twelve

11-28-12: Commentary : Chris Ware Constructs 'Building Stories' : Our Buildings, Our Stories, Our Selves

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Chris Ware : "... an attempt to get at what it feels like to be alive..."

11-26-12: Commentary : Charles Burns Infests 'The Hive' : Dream Lives of the Lizard-Men

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Charles Burns : "...you're getting information in different ways..."

11/19/12 — 11/25/12

11-24-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 75: Charles Burns and Chris Ware : The Hive and Building Stories

11-21-12: Commentary : Mike Davis Explores 'The Ecology of Fear' : Boxing in the Terror

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Tad Williams Reads at SF in SF on October 15, 2012 : "...he is in Hell, he's wearing a demonic body..."

11-19-12: Commentary : Craig Childs Explores 'Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth' : End and Again

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Craig Childs : "...we all want this to last..."

11/12/12 — 11/18/12

11-18-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 74: Craig Childs : Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth

11-15-12: Commentary : Junot Diaz Explains 'This is How You Lose Her' : And Yet, We Never Seem to Get It

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Junot Diaz : "...you have to produce the world where your characters and conflicts are set."

11-13-12: Commentary : Andrew P. Mayer Visits 'The Society of Steam' : Starting with the Ending

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Andrew P. Mayer Reads from 'Hearts of Smoke and Steam' at SF in SF on October 12, 2012 : "...the weapon looked complicated..."

11-12-12: Commentary : Louise Erdrich Enters 'The Round House' : Transitions, Borders, and Never Going Back

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Louise Erdrich : "...there was nothing but assimilation."

11/05/12 — 11/11/12

11-11-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 73: Louise Erdrich : The Round House

11-09-12: Commentary : Michael Marshall Makes a 'Killer Move' : MODIFIED

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Michael Marshall Smith : "It's about the release of information ..."

11-07-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Michael Marshall Smith Moves 'Only Forward' : One Wonder Among Many

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Cindy Pon at SF in SF : "If I dig it, I write it."

11-05-12: Commentary : Tom Wolfe Gets 'Back to Blood' : Triumph of the Swill

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Tom Wolfe : "This is not a how-to book."

10/29/12 — 11/04/12

11-04-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 72: Tom Wolfe : Back to Blood

11-01-12: Commentary : Douglas Coupland Says Hey Nostradamus! : Predicting the Past; New Podcast of 2003 Audio Interview

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Roz Kaveney : "I quite enjoyed writing fan fiction, I found it very liberating."

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A New Podcast of the 2003 Audio Interview Interview with Douglas Coupland : "..who's the person being redeemed in the end?"

10-29-12: Commentary : Debra Dean Reflects 'The Mirrored World' : Shards of Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Debra Dean : "...there's something to be said for staying in your imagination."

10/22/12 — 10/28/12

10-26-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 71: Debra Dean : The Mirrored World

10-25-12: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Kij Johnson, Fariba Nawa, S. G. Browne, Ruth Rendell as Barbara Vine

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books With Alan Cheuse :Joyce Carol Oates, 'Black Dahlia, White Rose,' Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, 'Bowl of Heaven,' Charles Cumming 'A Foreign Country'

10-24-12: Commentary : David Wise Unearths 'Nightmover' : File Clerk With An Axe To Grind

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Malinda Lo :"I found that describing the way a scene was lit actually helped a lot."

10-22-12: Commentary : Jeffrey Toobin Administers 'The Oath' : Battle Royale for the Bitter Heart of Democracy

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Jeffrey Toobin : "..they were Republicans, who left the Supreme Court, totally alienated from the modern Republican party..."

10/15/12 — 10/21/12

10-19-12: Commentary : Jeffrey Toobin Counts 'The Nine' : Timeless Legal Non-Fiction Thriller

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 70: Jeffrey Toobin : The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

10-16-12: Commentary : Karen Armstrong Makes 'The Case for God' : Precisely Ineffable

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Cindy Pon Reads at SF in SF on September 15, 2012 : "His words were ice against her ear."

10-15-12: Commentary : Bishop Gene Robinson Believes in Marriage : Straight Talk about Gay Marriage

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Gene Robinson : "I imagine having a conversation with one of them."

10/08/12 — 10/14/12

10-11-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 69: Gene Robinson : God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage

10-11-12: Commentary : Worth Your Valuable Reading Time : Settle In For (Dis)Comfort Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF Panel Discussion, September 15 2012: Roz Kaveney, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Moderated by Rick Kleffel : "I'm a little bit of a namedropper." - Roz Kaveney

10-10-12: Commentary : Ramsey Campbell Finds 'The One Safe Place' : Nowhere

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2002 Interview with Ramsey Campbell : "....to show the thing from the viewpoint of the monster...."

10-08-12: Commentary : Robert D. Kaplan Fights 'The Revenge of Geography' : Past, Present and Futurology

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Robert D. Kaplan : "Europe's southern border is the Sahara Desert."

10/01/12 — 10/07/12

10-05-12: Commentary : Joann Rose Leonard Reveals 'The Healer of Fox Hollow' : Rural Magic Realism

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Live Interview with Joann Rose Leonard at Capitola Book Cafe : "...how our beliefs color and change how we think about things..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 68: Robert D. KaplanThe Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

10-02-12: Commentary : Ruth Rendell Finds 'A Fatal Inversion' : Reading as Memory

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Malinda Lo Reads from 'Adaptation' at SF in SF on September 16, 2012 : "I'll begin with the epigraph, which is from Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species."

10-01-12: Commentary : D. T. Max is Haunted by 'Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story' : David Foster Wallace Writ Well

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with D. T. Max : "...for me there was a really funny, strange opportunity to write a biography about someone who listened to the same music as me."

09/23/12 — 09/30/12

09-28-12: Commentary : Michael A. Lewis Fools With 'The Environmeddlers' : 21st Century Pranks

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Michael A. Lewis at the Capitola Book Cafe : "...maybe we could carry on what Abbey has said before us..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 67: D. T. Max Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

09-27-12: Commentary : David Eagleman Calculates the 'Sum' : Forty Tales From the Afterlives

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Roz Kaveney : "Have you actually lived for thousands of years and retained that much capacity for trust?"

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 66: Michael A. Lewis The Environmeddlers

09-24-12: Commentary : David Rich Targets 'Caravan of Thieves' : Spies & Lies & Fathers & Sons

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with David Rich : "You don't know what your parents have going on, and all of a sudden it affects your life."

09/17/12 — 09/23/12

09-22-12: Commentary : Your Brain On (And In) Books : New Row Sigh Ants Need Not Ruin the Picnic

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 65: David Rich : Caravan of Thieves

09-18-12: Commentary : Magnus Mills Unleashes 'The Restraint of Beasts' : Survival of the Simplest

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Phone Interview with D. T. Max : "...his mental life was full of so much drama."

09-17-12: Commentary : Tad Williams Walks 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven' : Bartering in the Beyond

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Tad Williams : "Is this the true order?"

09/10/12 — 09/16/12

09-15-12: Commentary : Junot Díaz Reveals 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' : Sing, Listen and Read

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 64: Tad Williams : The Dirty Streets of Heaven

09-13-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Ken Macleod Surfs 'Newton's Wake' : Concise Space Opera

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Live at Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa, California, July 2012 : "Why can't a book stay a book?"

09-10-12: Commentary : Charles Yu Politely Says 'Sorry Please Thank You' : Identity In Language

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Charles Yu : "...a rigorous definition of what sorry is..."

09/03/12 — 09/09/12

09-08-12: Commentary : Worth Your Valuable Reading Time : From Unreal History to Our Uncertain Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Alice Oswald Memorial, Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds, Peter Heller The Dog Stars

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 63: Charles Yu : Sorry Please Thank You

09-06-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Tom Perrotta Sees 'Little Children' : Suburban Suspense

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2004 Interview with Tom Perrotta : "...I knew the story was going to end with a woman waiting at a playground at night...."

09-03-12: Commentary : Laura Lippman 'And When She Was Good' : Economic Genre Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Laura Lippman : "...there comes a time when I need to step back and not be thinking about the words so much..."

08/27/12 — 09/02/12

09-02-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 62: Laura Lippman : And When She Was Good

08-31-12: Commentary : Karen Kondazian Cracks 'The Whip' :Stages of Identity

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Karen Kondazian : "...once in a while it feels like you're channeling..."

08-30-12: Commentary : Tales of Nebulous Terror : Aickman, Bell, Oliver, Valentine and Howard

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with John Shirley : "In the novel it gets very, very dark and it's sort of Lord of the Flies for the 21st century."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 61: Karen Kondazian : The Whip

08-28-12: Commentary : Quentin S. Crisp Warns 'All God's Angels, Beware!' : A Review by Mario Guslandi

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Richard Kadrey : "I didn't start out with the intention of re-writing the history, like I said, of reality..."

08-27-12: Commentary : Tim Powers Asks 'Hide Me Among the Graves' : Worlds Between Lines of Poetry

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Tim Powers : "...their poetic gift did seem to sort of, come from outside of themselves..."

08-25-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 60: Tim Powers : Hide Me Among the Graves

08/20/12 — 08/26/12

08-25-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 60: Tim Powers : Hide Me Among the Graves

08-22-12: Commentary : A Shorter Distance : Short Story Collections, Collected and Collectible

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF Panel from 07-07-12 with Terry Bisson, Richard Kadrey and John Shirley : "..they did Jimmy Olsen that, didn't they?" - John Shirley

08-20-12: Commentary : Brian Castner Makes 'The Long Walk' : A Life, Exploded

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Brian Castner : "My goal in writing the book was to write it as it felt."

08/13/12 — 08/19/12

08-19-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 59: Brian Castner : The Long Walk

08-18-12: Commentary : Archive Review: James P. Blaylock Rings 'All the Bells on Earth' : Supernatural Suburbia

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Richard Kadrey Reads from 'Devil Said Bang' at SF in SF on July 7, 2012 : "...it's the sort of restless, screwed-up dead..."

08-13-12: Commentary : James P. Blaylock Captures 'Zeuglodon' : The Novel Worth 1,000 Photographs

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with James P. Blaylock : "...I decided I wanted to writer pieces that I might have written if I was thirty years old in 1875."

08/06/12 — 08/12/12

08-12-12:Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 58: James P. Blaylock : Zeuglodon

08-09-12: Commentary : John Shirley and Peter Heller Break the World : Unspeculative Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report: John Shirley Reads from 'Everything is Broken' at SF in SF on July 7, 2012 : "..A kind of a Lord of the Flies for the near-future..."

08-07-12: Commentary : Alan Cheuse Visits 'Paradise' : Consider the Alternative

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Alan Cheuse Live at the Capitola Book Cafe, July 21, 2012 : "...A novel is like a marriage..."

07/30/12 — 08/05/12

08-05-12: Commentary : Peter Bell Finds 'Strange Epiphanies' : Beauty, Strangeness and Charm

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 57: Alan Cheuse : Paradise, or, Eat Your Face

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Live Conversation with Carlos Ruiz Zafon : "...the way I do it is working in circles..."

07-31-12: Commentary : Charles Yu Politely Says 'Sorry Please Thank You' : Identity In Language

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Alix Olin Signs and Wonders, Charles Yu Sorry Please Thank You and Jonathan Carroll The Woman Who Married a Cloud

07-30-12: Commentary : Deborah Harkness Lifts the 'Shadow of Night' : Alchemical Marriage

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Deborah Harkness : "...he would not have been a nice guy..."

07/23/12 — 07/29/12

07-28-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 56: Deborah Harkness : Shadow of Night

07-25-12: Commentary : The Hidden Worlds of Words : Revealing Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Rachel Swirsky and Robert J. Sawyer Interviewed at SF in SF on June 16, 2012 : Short Stories and Novels

07-23-12: Commentary : Carlos Ruiz Zafón Releases 'The Prisoner of Heaven' : A Novel Liberation

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview With Carlos Ruiz Zafón : "...we create myths, we create religion, we create beliefs..."

07/16/12 — 07/22/12

07-18-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Positively Fourth Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez by David Hajdu : Time Capture

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF , June 21, 2012: Terry Bisson with Robert J. Sawyer and Rachel Swirsky : "..walk a mile in their shoes...." -Robert J. Sawyer

07-16-12: Commentary : Christopher Hayes Greets ' Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy' : Broken

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Christopher Hayes : "That elite failure has produced this sense of betrayal..."

07/09/12 — 07/15/12

07-12-12: Commentary : Jason A. Wyckoff Rides the 'Black Horse' : American Weird Tales

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF June 21, 2012 : Robert J. Sawyer Reads from 'Triggers'

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 54: Christopher Hayes : Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy

07-10-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Brian Stableford Feeds 'The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires': Vampire Anti-Series

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF June 21, 2012 : Rachel Swirsky Reads "Death and the All-Night Donut Shop"

07-09-12: Commentary : Glen Duncan Hails 'Talulla Rising': Appropriate Responses

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Glen Duncan : "...the dark hilarity of not feeling the way one is supposed to be feeling..."

07/02/12 — 07/08/12

07-07-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 53: Glen Duncan : Talulla Rising

07-05-12: Commentary : Lots of Time to Read : Reality and Fantasy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF June 16, 2012 : S. G. Browne and Lev Grossman Moderated by Terry Bisson

07-03-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Mark Bowden 'Killing Pablo' : Top Secret Histories

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 052: Anthony Swofford : Hotels, Hospitals and Jails

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 051: Daniel H. Wilson : Amped

07-02-12: Commentary : Anthony Swofford Visits 'Hotels, Hospitals and Jails': Away to Home

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Anthony Swofford : "I was going to do the opposite of what my father had done."

06/25/12 — 07/01/12

06-28-12: Commentary : Worth Your Valuable Time: My Life in the Bush of Books

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF on March 17, 2012 : Interviews with Claude Lalumiere and Dick Lupoff; Panel with Claude Lalumiere and Dick Lupoff

06-26-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Iain M. Banks 'The Algebraist' : Wit and Wonder

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 050: Peter Carey : The Chemistry of Tears

06-25-12: Commentary : Daniel H. Wilson is 'Amped': Civil iRights

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Daniel H. Wilson : "We're not done with our civil rights movements, and I don't know that we ever will be."

06/18/12 — 06/24/12

06-21-12: Commentary : Kim Stanley Robinson Lives to '2312': The Whole Wide Solar System

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Live Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson at Capitola Book Cafe, June 16, 2012 : "...it's a somewhat Utopian situation in space, and still a somewhat grim and screwed up situation on Earth..."

06-20-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Peter Carey 'My Life as a Fake' Reviewed by Katie Dean : "...twisted reflection..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 049: Richard Ford : Canada

06-18-12: Commentary : Peter Carey Extracts 'The Chemistry of Tears': Automatic Heart

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview With Peter Carey : "...a story which was about the wild, wild, very beautiful thrilling inventions..."

06/11/12 — 06/17/12

06-13-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Susanna Clarke Meets 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' : Hint at Histories

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 048: Leonard Mlodinow : Subliminal

06-11-12: Commentary : Richard Ford Enters 'Canada': Crime and Consequence

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Richard Ford : "Every book just has to have some fun parts for the guy who writes it."

06/04/12 — 06/10/12

06-06-12: Commentary : Mark Valentine and John Howard Map 'Secret Europe': Book Your Flight

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies ; Joseph Kanon, Instanbul Passage ; Paul Theroux, The Lower River

06-05-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Mary Roach Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers : An Auspicious Beginning of the End

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Ep 047: Walter Mosley : The Gift of Fire

06-04-12: Commentary : Leonard Mlodinow Goes 'Subliminal' : 'How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview With Leonard Mlodinow : "...so now, for the first time, you could look inside people's heads..."

05/28/12 — 06/03/12

05-29-12: Commentary : Archive Review John Hubner Nets 'Bottom Feeders' : Unclean Catch

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Time to Read Ep 046: John Irving : In One Person

05-28-12: Commentary : John Irving 'In One Person' : Multitudes

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview With John Irving : "There ought to be something you're afraid of in every novel that you write."

05/21/12 — 05/27/12

05-25-12: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Bread and Circuses' by Felicity Dowker : "Occasion to Rejoice"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF on March 17, 2012: Claude Lalumiere and Richard Lupoff : Performances

05-22-12: Commentary : Archive Review: John Shirley, '...And the Angel With Television Eyes' : Acting Out Your Hallucinations

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 45: Marika Blossfeldt : Essential Nourishment: Recipes from My Estonian Farm

05-21-12: Commentary : Walter Mosley Offers 'The Gift of Fire' : Destroy the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Walter Mosley : "It's us, the everyday people who change that world."

05/14/12 — 05/20/12

05-16-12: Commentary : Mark Sundeen Pays Out 'The Man Who Quit Money' : Over the Edges

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Mark Sundeen and Daniel Suelo : "What would happen if we actually practiced this stuff?"-Daniel Suelo

05-15-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Clive Barker 'Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War' : Impure Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live with T. M. Luhrman, Capitola Book Cafe, May 5 2012 : "It's a real experience."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 44: David Vann :'Dirt'

05-14-12: Commentary : Marika Blossfeldt Serves Up 'Essential Nutrition' : Recipe for Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Marika Blossfeldt : "...we tend to look for foods to fill the gap..."

05/07/12 — 05/13/12

05-10-12: Commentary : Ross Jackson Will 'Occupy World Street' : Gaian World Order

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Ross Jackson : Part One and Part Two

05-08-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Clive Barker 'Abarat' : Reading in Color

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Phone Interview with Mark Sundeen : "...over the years, I had heard through my friends that he had stopped using money and was living in a cave..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Epsiode 43: Christopher Mooore : Sacré Bleu

05-07-12: Commentary : David Vann Digs Up 'Dirt' : Tragedy, Terror and Laughter

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with David Vann : "I don't view any of my characters as being crazy..."

04/30/12 — 05/06/12

05-03-12: Commentary : S. G. Browne is a 'Lucky Bastard' : Charting the Luck Economy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live with S. G. Browne, April 27, 2012 : "...the pug is going to steal the show..."

05-02-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Christopher Moore 'Fluke' : High Imagination

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 41: T.M. Luhrman : 'When God Talks Back'

04-30-12: Commentary : Christopher Moore Follows 'Sacré Bleu' : A Story in Color

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Christopher Moore : "...it often isn't efficient to tell a story in chronological order..."

04/23/12 — 04/29/12

04-27-12: Commentary : Lisa Lutz on 'Trail of the Spellmans' : Meta-Fiction is Fun

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF from February 11, 2012 : Panel Discussion Moderated by Terry Bisson and Interviews with Rudy Rucker, K. W. Jeter, and Jay Lake

04-26-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Emmanuel Carrere 'The Adversary' : The Enemy Within

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 41: Richard Zacks and Gregg Jones : 'Island of Vice' and 'Honor in the Dust'

04-23-12: Commentary : T. M. Luhrman Listens 'When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God' : Science and the Supernatural

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Tanya Luhrman : "...good candidates for being thoughts from God..."

04/16/12 — 04/22/12

04-18-12: Commentary : Gregg Jones Stirs Through 'Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dreams' : A Dream Of Today From Yesterday

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Gregg Jones : "The Philippinos would welcome us with open arms and greet us as liberators."

04-17-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Caleb Carr 'The Alienist' : Subterranean History

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Time to Read Episode 040: Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits : The Flame Alphabet and The Vanishers

04-16-12: Commentary : Richard Zacks Visits 'Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York' :The Wild, Wild East

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Richard Zacks : "Roosevelt and Riis were out looking, and if they did find a cop, he was talking to a streetwalker."

04/09/12 — 04/15/12

04-12-12: Commentary : Excess of Excellence : Short Story Edition

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Three Books with Alan Cheuse : 'The Wolf Gift' by Anne Rice, 'Arctic Rising' by Tobias Buckell and 'The Third Gate' by Lincoln Child

04-11-12: Commentary : Archive Review Ann Arensberg 'Incubus' : Suburban Surreal

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 038 Whitley Strieber : Solving the Communion Enigma: What is to Come

04-09-12: Commentary : Heidi Julavits Joins 'The Vanishers' : Psychic Trap

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Heidi Julavits : "...wouldn't it just be way easier to be a dead person these days?"

04/02/12 — 04/08/12

04-06-12: Commentary : Tim Dorsey Tosses the 'Pineapple Grenade' : Storms Warning

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Tim Dorsey : "This wacky, off-center sub-genre was being generated by real events."

04-03-12: Commentary : Archive Review T. C. Boyle 'Drop City' : Utopia, Easier Said Than Done

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read Episode 038 C. J. Box and Tim Dorsey : Force of Nature and Pineapple Grenade

04-02-12: Commentary : C. J. Box Creates a 'Force of Nature'' : Drawing and Erasing a Line

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with C. J. Box : "..it's hard to legitimately isolate characters..."

03/26/12 — 04/01/12

03-29-12: Commentary : Terry Bisson Remembers 'Any Day Now' : Personal History

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Terry Bisson in Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler : 'Any Day Now' at Capitola Book Cafe

03-28-12: Commentary : Archive Reviews: Jon Courtenay Grimwood: The Arabesk Trilogy : Pashazade, Effendi, Felaheen

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read Episode 37: Matt Ruff and Alex Gilvarry : The Mirage and From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

03-26-12: Commentary : Matt Ruff Reveals 'The Mirage' : Smoke and Mirrors

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Matt Ruff : "...one somewhat tortured soul to be the center of the novel..."

03/19/12 — 03/25/12

03-23-12: Commentary : The Devil's Coattails Reviwed by Mario Guslandi : "...a veritable cornucopia for horror fans..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Rudy Rucker, Jay Lake and K. W. Jeter Read at SF in SF on February 11, 2012 : "...a group of heavy hitters..."

03-20-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Frank Delaney Makes the Long Journey to 'Tipperary' : Careful With the Truth

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 36: Kim Harrison : A Perfect Blood

03-19-12: Commentary : Kim Harrison Draws 'A Perfect Blood' : Million Dollar Demon

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Kim Harrison : "I plan an hour to two hours every day, talking with the readers."

03/12/12 — 03/18/12

03-16-12: Commentary : Vincent P. Barabba Weaves with 'The Decision Loom' : Steampunk Business Theory

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Vincent P. Barabba : "...you're more interested in how these parts interact..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Walking Dead

03-15-12: Commentary : 'The Moon Moth' Flies Again : Graphic Novelization of the Jack Vance Short Story

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ryan Boudinot Interviewed at SF in SF on January 28, 2012 : "I really love that idea of playing with cluelessness."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ayize Jama-Everett Interviewed at SF in SF on January 28, 2012 : "Most people would be surprised what they are willing to do."

03-13-12: Commentary : Archive Reviews: Patrick Harpur, 'Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld' : Sublime, Inspiring, Beautiful

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 35: William Landay : Defending Jacob

03-13-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Whitley Strieber: Updated Sound Analysis and New MP3 File : "...you could hear it, but Whitley and Anne couldn't. Pretty clever..."

03-12-12: Commentary : Whitley Strieber is 'Solving the Communion Enigma' : Ask the Better Question

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Whitley Strieber : "We find ourselves grappling daily at every level with questions we can neither bear nor answer."

03/05/12 — 03/11/12

03-08-12: Commentary : Val McDermid Exacts 'The Retribution' : Entropic Violence

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Val McDermid and Laurie R. King : "I grew up thinking that all adult books had to have dead bodies in them."-Val McDermid

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Debaptism

03-07-12: Commentary : Archive Reviews: William Landay, 'Mission Flats'' : Exceptional

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 34: Anne Rice : The Wolf Gift

03-05-12: Commentary : William Landay Is 'Defending Jacob' : The DA Speaks

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with William Landay : "How far would you go to protect your children?"

02/27/12 — 03/04/12

03-02-12: Commentary : Alex Gilvarry Reads 'From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant' : Fashion, Terrorism and Fashion Terrorism

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Alex Gilvarry : "I would check the Home Security Website a few times a week."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Arizona

02-28-12: Commentary : Archive Review Keith Donohue 'Angels of Destruction' : Filling in the Blanks

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 33: Michael Gazzaniga : Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain

02-27-12: Commentary : Anne Rice Presents 'The Wolf Gift' : Wolfen Liberation

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Anne Rice : "..the potential for tragedy, the potential for redemption..."

02/20/12 — 02/26/12

02-25-12: Commentary : Don't Overlook Mervyn Peake : Overlook Re-issues Lost Worlds

Agony Column Podcast News Report: SF in SF Panel discussion with Terry Bisson Moderating Ayize Jama-Everett and Ryan Boudinot, January 28, 2012 : "I'm always trying to find a place in-between."-Ryan Boudinot

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : The Artist

02-22-12: Commentary : Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane 'Design in Nature' : A Scientific Evolution

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Adrian Bejan : "Ignorance is an asset in the mind of the creative."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Cheetah

02-21-12: Commentary : Archive Reviews: Michael Cisco 'The Divinity Student' and 'The Tyrant' : World Immersion

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 32: Thomas Frank : Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

02-20-12: Commentary : Ben Marcus Ignites 'The Flame Alphabet' : Words, Deeds and Apocalypse

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Ben Marcus : "I like the idea of making the religious transaction more difficult."

02/13/12 — 02/19/12

02-17-12: Commentary : Ryan Boudinott Architects 'Blueprints of the Afterlife' : The Unfortunate Mirror

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Ryan Boudinott Reads at SF in SF on January 28, 2012 : 'Blueprints of the Afterlife'

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Bebe

02-15-12: Commentary : Michael Saler Lives in the 'As If' : Fantastic Fiction Matters

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Ayize Jama-Everett Reads at SF in SF on January 28, 2012 : 'The Liminal People'"

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Bible

02-14-12: Commentary : Archive Reviews: Jeffrey E. Barlough Awakens 'Dark Sleeper' and 'The House in the High Wood' :Bold, Unique, Horrific, Enchanting

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 31: Eric Weiner : Man Seeks God

02-13-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Thomas Frank Reads from 'Pity the Billioinaire' : More's the Pity

02-13-12: Commentary : Thomas Frank Pleads 'Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right' :Weaponizing Words

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Thomas Frank : "You can spend a lot of money on a watch."

02/06/12 — 02/12/12

02-10-12: Commentary : Stephen Jones A Book of Horrors Reviewed by Mario Guslandi : A veritable feast

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Christopher Renstrom : "...anything that is born into time has a natal horoscope..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Sweden

02-08-12: Commentary : Thrity Umrigar Reveals 'The World We Found' : Slow-Burning Loss of Control

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Thrity Umrigar : "...I walked away from that meeting in 2008 with an old friend of mine and literally saw at least the outline of the book in front of my eyes..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Debates

02-07-12: Commentary : Archive Review: John Burdett 'Bangkok 8' : World Within Our World

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 30: Thrity Umrigar : The World We Found

02-06-12: Commentary : Eric Weiner Posts 'Man Seeks God' : Religious Pilgrimmage and Mordant Wit

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Eric Weiner : "...by the end, given all the amazing people I met out there, I've changed my views about that."

01/30/12 — 02/05/12

02-01-12: Commentary : Stan Lee Splashes 'Stan Lee's How to Write Comics' and 'Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics' : Lessons in the Form, From the Master

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2012 Interview with Stan Lee : "When we got a telephone, it was a big thing."

01-31-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Lucius Shepard 'Floater' : Why We See the Way We See

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read, Episode 29: Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel : Lunatics

01-30-12: Commentary : Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel Meet 'Lunatics' : Craft, Timing, Character and Laughs

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry : A 2012 Interview with Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry

01/23/12 — 01/29/12

01-26-12: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : NASA

01-25-12: Commentary : Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger Perform 'A Study in Sherlock' : Holmes as Archetype and Inspiration

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live with Laurie R. King : January 21, 2012 : "Conan Doyle was never convinced by Holmes."

01-24-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Neal Asher 'The Skinner' : The Balm of Violent Ecology

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 28: Sara Paretsky : Breakdown

01-23-12: Commentary : Sara Paretsky Nails 'Breakdown' : The Machine Stops

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Sara Paretsky : "Everything in a courtroom is a story; it's not justice, it's combating narratives."

01/16/12 — 01/23/12

01-18-12: Commentary : Téa Obreht Conjures 'The Tiger's Wife' : The Grammar of Vision

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Téa Obrecht : "I had been raised with three religions..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Consumer

01-17-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Randall Sullivan Becomes 'The Miracle Detective' : Investigating a Spiritual Journey

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 27: John Lescroart : The Hunter

01-16-12: Commentary : Michael Gazzaniga Asks 'Who's in Charge?' : Dream Lives of a Narrative Species

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with Michael Gazzaniga : "I started flashing things left and right field ..."

01/09/12 — 01/15/12

01-13-12: Commentary : Hard Case Subterranean Block : Not from Bob's Basement Tapes

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Phone Interview with Lisa Randall : "...there seems to be some evidence, especially from one of the experiments."

Agony Column Podcast News Update : Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Siri and Newt

01-10-12: Commentary : Archive Review: Terry D'Auray Catches Lawrence Block and 'The Burglar on the Prowl' : "A show well worth the price of a ticket."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 26: Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith : Van Gogh: The Life

01-09-12: Commentary : John Lescroart Unleashes 'The Hunter' : Detective as Mystery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2012 Interview with John Lescroart : "...it's all about the details..."

01/02/12 — 01/08/12

01-05-12: Commentary : Adrian Bejan and J. Pedar Zane Reveal 'Design in Nature' : First Law of Flow

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly With Thomas Frank : Semper Infidelis

01-03-12: Commentary : Tom Standage Unveils 'The Turk' : The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 25: Jonathan Lethem : The Ecstasy of Influence

01-02-12: Commentary : Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith 'Van Gogh: The Life' : "As my work is, so am I."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith : "... he was such a voracious reader ..."

12/26/11 — 01/01/12

12-29-11: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Island of Vice by Richard Zacks, Iago by David Snodin, The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith and The Dipatcher by Ryan David Jahn

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, October 8, 2011 : Josh Mohr and Steven R. Boyett

12-28-11: Commentary : Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem Reveal 'The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick' : Science Fiction Testaments

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Goyer and Michael Cassutt : "Our approach was: 'OK, what happens next?'"

12-27-11: Commentary : Archiving 'Chronic City' : Re-Sync

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 24: Robert K. Massie : Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

12-26-11: Commentary : Jonathan Lethem Enjoys 'The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.' : The Non-Fictional Storyteller

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Jonathan Lethem : "I'm amazed to be taken so seriously as I am."

12/19/11 — 12/25/12

12-22-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Ian Shoales, in Cooperation with KQED : Current Events

12-21-11: Commentary : Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman : From the Seedy to the Sublime

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : 'Kill Bin Laden' ; Ryu Mitsuse, '10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights' ; Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, 'Micro'

12-20-11: Commentary : David Blackbourn Visits 'Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in a Nineteenth-Century German Village' : Externalizing a Culture Clash

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 23: David Vann : Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter

12-19-11: Commentary : Robert K. Massie Paints 'Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman' : Balancing a Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Robert K. Massie : "...she abolished capital punishment..."

12/12/11 — 12/18/11

12-15-11: Commentary : Ayize Jama-Everett Reveals 'The Liminal People' : The Powers That Be

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live with Lisa Goldstein and Ayize Jama-Everett, and music by Fenyang Smith, December 10, 2011 : "... let's look at what happens if people have abilities that other people don't have ..."

12-14-11: Commentary : Peter Orner Weighs 'Love and Shame and Love' : The Unstuck Family

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Peter Orner : "...the humor of hard things is what gets us through it."

12-13-11: Commentary : Marcia Muller Clocks 'The Dangerous Hour' : Managing a Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly with Thomas Frank : "More Government, Please!"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 22: Sue Grafton : V is for Vengeance

12-12-11: Commentary : David Vann Outlives 'Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter' : Hard Boiled Non-Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Vann : "...we're out of control, and we're a nation built on giant lies."

12/05/11 — 12/11/11

12-08-11: Commentary : Ross E. Lockhart Opens 'The Book of Cthulhu' : Discomfort Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Cecelia Holland Reading and Interview at SF in SF on November 12, 2011 : "Fiction is agonizing sometimes."

12-07-11: Commentary : Vicki Goldberg Reveals 'The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and History' : The Politics of Plain Architecture

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Vicki Goldberg : "Most of the images were in the digital archive."

12-06-11: Commentary : Kim Stanley Robinson Sees 'Forty Signs of Rain' : Science in Science Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 21: Scott Wallace : The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes

12-05-11: Commentary : Sue Grafton Unleashes 'V is for Vengeance' : Shopping for Change

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Sue Grafton : "Go to Sears, get a hammer and knock the guy on the head."

11/28/11 — 12/04/11

12-01-11: Commentary : Brian Showers Crafts 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' : Ringing in the Truth

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Kim Stanley Robinson Reads at SF in SF on November 12, 2011 : 2312

11-30-11: Commentary : Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan Unleash 'The Night Eternal' : Finishing the Dread

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse :Alan Garner, 'Red Shift' ; Stephen King, '11/22/63' ; Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, 'The Night Eternal'

11-29-11: Commentary : Win Blevins Chases 'So Wild a Dream' : The Simple Joys of Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 20: Charles Frazier : Nightwoods

11-28-11: Commentary : Scott Wallace Encounters '; The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes' : Conflicted Hearts of Darkness

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Scott Wallace : "Within months of first contact, these groups experience a huge die-off."

11/21/11 — 11/27/11

11-23-11: Commentary : Michael Pollan's 'Food Rules: An Eater's Manual' : Illustrating Uncommon Sense

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 19: Jeff Herzberg and Zoe Francois : 'Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day'

11-22-11: Commentary : William Gay 'I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down' : Sunsets

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Charles Frazier, Part Two : "It's not me telling you, there's this storyteller voice."

11-21-11: Commentary : Charles Frazier Roams 'Nightwoods' : South of Noir

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Charles Frazier : "If we're going in the wrong direction, we could turn around and go back."

11/14/11 — 11/20/11

11-17-11: Commentary : Gianni's North Beach : Cooking Cioppino

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Gianni Mola : "The only way you can learn, I told them, is to watch me cook it."

11-15-11: Commentary : Mollie Katzen's 'The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without' : From the Podcast-a-day Files

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 18: Karl Marlantes : 'What It Is Like To Go To War'

11-14-11: Commentary : Jeff Hertzberg, M. D. and Zoe Francois Make 'Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day' : Plan Your Exercise Regimen First

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Jeff Hertzberg, M. D. and Zoe Francois : "I end up making all sorts of pizzas with this crust."-Zoe Francois

11/07/11 — 11/13/11

11-11-11: Commentary : Karl Marlantes Knows 'What It Is Like to Go to War' : Battle of the Spiri

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Karl Marlantes : "...the way I "think" about things, with quotes around think, is I tend to write them down..."

11-09-11: Commentary : Peter F. Hamilton Engineers 'Manhattan in Reverse' : Short, Science Fiction and Mystery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nick Mamatas Interviewed at SF in SF on June 11, 2011 : "It's a first contact story where we don't even realize that we're the ones being first contacted."

11-08-11: Commentary : Alastair Reynolds' 'Revelation Space' : Remembering Why

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 17: Lawrence Lessig : 'Republic, Lost'

11-07-11: Commentary : Lawrence Lessig Mourns 'Republic, Lost' : A Voice of Reason

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Lawrence Lessig : "The first constitution was a complete disaster."

10/31/11 — 11/06/11

11-02-11: Commentary : Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough Shop 'Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food' : Before the Meal

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Discussion with Lisa Goldstein, Nick Mamatas and Terry Bisson on June 11, 2011 : "People got tired of all that realism." - Lisa Goldstein

11-01-11: Commentary : Martin Amis Lets Fly 'Time's Arrow' : Bringing Back the Archives

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 16: Michael Reynier : Five Degrees of Latitude

10-31-11: Commentary : Colson Whitehead Sweeps 'Zone One' : Zombie Bureaucracy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Colson Whitehead : "In the Apocalypse, somebody's gonna have to do the grunt work..."

10/24/11 — 10/30/11

10-26-11: Commentary : Jana Marcus Documents 'Transfigurations' : Transsexual Journeys

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Jana Marcus : "'Transfigurations' is a real opportunity to stare."

10-20-11: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Dr. Rick Wilber, Jonathan Lethem and Art Spiegelman Edition

10-25-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 15: Russell Banks : Lost Memory of Skin

10-24-11: Commentary : Five Degrees of Latitude : Literary Ripping Yarns

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Michael Reynier : "I just started typing..."

10/17/11 — 10/23/11

10-20-11: Commentary : My Life in the Bush of Books : Dr. Rick Wilber, Jonathan Lethem and Art Spiegelman Edition

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lisa Goldstein Reads at SF in SF : The Bondmaid's Tale

10-19-11: Commentary : Lisa Goldstein Visits 'The Uncertain Places' : Social Surrealism from Another Direction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Lisa Goldstein at SF in SF : "I couldn't put it down, I had to finish it."

10-18-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read, Episode 14: Lisa Randall : Knocking on Heaven's Door

10-17-11: Commentary : Russell Banks' 'Lost Memory Of Skin' : Social Surrealism

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Russell Banks : "They are in a sense, permanently marked and thrown into this darkness..."

10/10/11 — 10/16/11

10-14-11: Commentary : Jacqueline Novogratz Exports 'The Blue Sweater' : Mind the Gap

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with Jacqueline Novogratz : "I'm sorry...I'm at the airport in Dubai, and it's pretty chaotic."

10-13-11: Commentary : The Business of Unreality : Novels Explore the Virtual World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live with Tad Williams and Deborah Beale : "Her style was different, our styles were very different."

10-12-11: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'House of Fear' Edited by Jonathan Oliver : "Arguably the Best"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : 'IQ84' by Haruki Murakami, 'Assumption' by Percival Everett, 'Zone One' by Colson Whitehead

10-11-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 13: Erin Morgenstern : The Night Circus

10-10-11: Commentary : Lisa Randall is 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' : Science, Particles and Civilization

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Lisa Randall : "I gave it to religious people, I gave it to non-religious people and both were unhappy with what I wrote."

10/03/11 — 10/09/11

10-05-11: Commentary : Ruth Rendell Opens 'The Vault' : Wexford Follows Up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Ruth Rendell : "Oh, I could kill him."

10-04-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 12: Neal Stephenson : REAMDE

10-03-11: Commentary : Erin Morgenstern Presents 'The Night Circus' : The Supernatural Stage

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Erin Morgenstern : "I'm always kind of a fantastical writer."

09/26/11 — 10/02/11

09-29-11: Commentary : Karl Shaw Offers '10 Ways to Recycle A Corpse' : Dime-a-List Book

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with Russell Banks : "I don't find plotting all that hard once I have the characters in place."

09-29-11: Commentary : Joan Slonczewski Graduates to 'The Highest Frontier' : Inverting Expectations

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Joan Slonczewski 'The Highest Frontier' ; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 'Apricot Jam' ; Denis Johnson, 'Train Dreams'

09-28-11: Commentary : Meg Wolitzer Fingerprints 'The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman' : Competitive Scrabble and Understated Superpowers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Meg Wolitzer : "I really think you need to respect the antsyness of kids."

09-27-11:Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 11, Lev Grossman : The Magician King

09-26-11: Commentary : Neal Stephenson Triggers 'REAMDE' : Plots, People and Novels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Neal Stephenson, Plus Live Reading and Q and A : "Here you're asking me to engage into more self-examination than is my wont..."

09/19/11 — 09/25/11

09-21-11: Commentary : Tim Blanning Leads 'The Romantic Revolution' : Pocket Guide to the Underpinnings of the Little Good That Is Left In This Blighted World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Tad Williams and Deborah Beale at SF in SF on August 13, 2011 : "...and you will notice that Antony has never stayed with any of the publishing companies he's founded..."

09-20-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 10: George Pelecanos : 'The Cut'

09-19-11: Commentary : Lev Grossman Crowns 'The Magician King' : Prose Magic Undermines The Real Deal

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Lev Grossman : "I'm gonna write it ... and if Viking doesn't publish it, everyone can just come over to my house and look at it on my laptop."

09/12/11 — 09/18/11

09-15-11: Commentary : Tad Williams Strikes 'Caliban's Hour' : Time to Let the Monster Speak

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Tad Williams Reading and Interview at SF in SF on August 13, 2011 : "The Lord of the Rings, so far as I was concerned, took place in the Sierras."

09-14-11: Commentary : Tad Williams and Deborah Beale Reap the Harvest of 'The Dragons of Ordinary Farm' and 'The Secrets of Ordinary Farm' : California Magic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Beale Reads from 'The Dragons of Ordinary Farm' at SF in SF, August 13, 2011; Deborah Beale Interviewed at SF in SF, August 13, 2011 : "...it struck me that I had to go to America ..."

09-13-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read, Episode 9: Laurie R. King : Pirate King

09-12-11: Commentary : George Pelecanos Makes 'The Cut' : Chiseled Prose

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with George Pelecanos : "...maybe somebody's trying to tell me to write a book about this guy Spero."

09/05/11 — 09/11/11

09-08-11: Commentary : Rudy Rucker Double-Play : 'Jim and the Flims' and 'Nested Scrolls'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Rudy Rucker and Kim Stanley Robinson in The Agony Column Live at Capitola Book Cafe, June 4, 2011 : "All of those were written on the typewriter."

New Book Review: Commentary : Rudy Rucker 'Jim and the Flims' : "We all get the afterlife we deserve."

09-07-11: Commentary : Michael Harvey Rides 'The Third Rail' : Undermining Hearts and Mind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Ben Loory : "..there's so much of it that really is ... that comes from the unconscious and I really don't have any control over."

09-06-11:Agony Column Podcast News Report : Podcast Update: Time to Read, Episode 8: Midwestern Noir : Michael Harvey and David Levien

09-05-11: Commentary : Laurie R. King Crowns 'Pirate King' : Layering Laughs, Lives and Knives

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Laurie R. King : "...preferably throw in a few distractions as well..."

08/29/11 — 09/04/11

09-01-11: Commentary : Penn Jillette Says 'God, No!' : Ten Small Steps for an Atheist, One Giant Leap for Atheism

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Penn Jillette : "I don't know."

08-31-11: Commentary : Michael Harvey Reaches 'The Fifth Floor' : Crime, History and Character

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nick Mamatas Reads at SF in SF on June 11, 2011 : "I will try to read more slowly."

08-30-11:Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read, Episode 7: Writing About Slavery : Alan Cheuse, Song of Slaves in the Desert

08-29-11: Commentary : David Levien Hits the '13 Million Dollar Pop' : Economic Disaster Informs Midwestern Mystery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Levien : "...this guy went on to be a private investigator for years and years and he still does it..."

08/22/11 — 08/28/11

08-24-11: Commentary : Juliet Eilperin Meets 'Demon Fish' : Predators, Sharks and Humans

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Juliet Eilperin : "You're asking me to get in the water with sharks?"

08-22-11: Commentary : Michael Harvey Watches as 'We All Fall Down' : 21st Century PI Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Michael Harvey : "There's always a potential price to pay with any kind of advances."

08/15/11 — 08/21/11

08-19-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read, Episode 6 : Ernest Cline and Ready Player One

08-17-11: Commentary : Michael Katakis and Kris Hardin 'Photographs and Words' : Lifetimes and World Lines

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Michael Katakis and Kris L. Hardin : "There was still this sense of hope."

08-15-11: Commentary : Ernest Cline Engages 'Ready Player One' : Reality Override

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Ernest Cline : "The name Watts is from a John Hughes movie called Some Kind of Wonderful..."

08/08/11 — 08/14/11

08-10-11: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Five Degrees of Latitude' : Mesmerized

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Alan Cheuse for 'Song of Slaves in the Desert' : "I had to invent an evolving truth as the story unfolded."

08-09-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read, Episode 5 : Simon Rich and Elliot Allagash

08-08-11: Commentary : Simon Rich Wishes For 'Elliot Allagash' : The Unbottled Genie

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Simon Rich : "My goal as a writer, more than anything is just to write something that people will finish voluntarily."

08/01/11 — 08/07/11

08-03-11: Commentary : Scott Simon Knows 'Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other' : The Family We Choose

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Scott Simon : "...then of course, our kids will be there too, and that's going to change everything."

08-02-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE: Time to Read Episode 4: Mark Seal : The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

08-01-11: Commentary : Glen Duncan Transforms 'The Last Werewolf' : The Literature of Ennui

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Glen Duncan and Stephen Coates : "I try and imagine what it would be like to be that person in that situation."

07/24/11 — 07/31/11

07-28-11: Commentary : Bruce Duffy Proclaims 'Disaster was My God' : Seasoned in Hell

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Five Books With Alan Cheuse : The Lotus Singers edited by Trevor Carolan, Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs, Edited by Helen Mitsios, Disaster Was My God, by Bruce Duffy, Triple Crossing by Sebastian Rotella and We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey

07-27-11: Commentary : Arielle Eckstutt and David Henry Sterry write 'The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully' : Swiss Army Knife for Would-Be Writers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Arielle Eckstutt and David Henry Sterry : "Can we use that?"

07-26-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report : Time to Read Episode 3: David Eagleman : Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

07-25-11: Commentary : Mark Seal Meets 'The Man in the Rockefeller Suit' : Unmistaken Identity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Mark Seal : "He said he was the producer and director of a new TV series called Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

07/18/11 — 07/24/11


07-21-11: Commentary : 'Song of Slaves in the Desert' by Alan Cheuse : Voices, Stories and Songs

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Alan Cheuse Live at Capitola Book Café, July 9, 2011 : "..if any of you have ever spent any time in academia, you can imagine what this meant..."

07-18-11: Commentary : David Eagleman Goes 'Incognito' : Dethronement

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Eagleman : "Turns out holding secrets can be bad for you."

07/11/11 — 07/17/11

07-15-11: Commentary : David Darlington Searches for 'An Ideal Wine' : One Generation's Pursuit of Perfection — and Profit — in California

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with David Darlington : "...the fact that so many wineries mouth this catechism while behind the scenes they are doing something completely different..."

07-13-11: Commentary : Joe R. Lansdale's 'Crucified Dreams' : Urbane Extreme

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Howard V. Hendrix Interviewed at SF in SF on May 9, 2011 : "We're going to bring in people from all different menus who have talked about Mars."

07-12-11: Agony Column Podcast News Report Update : Time to Read, Episode 2 : Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts

07-11-11: Commentary : Erik Larson Roams 'In the Garden of Beasts' : Innocents in Evil

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Erik Larson : "...here's this innocent, being thrown into this cauldron..."

07/04/11 — 07/10/11

07-06-11: Commentary : Ben Loory Writes 'Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day' : Wonder Harder

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Two Books With Alan Cheuse : "In this regard, I'm really about eleven or twelve years old..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Time to Read, Episode 1: Donald Ray Pollock : The Devil All the Time

07-04-11: Commentary : Donald Ray Pollock Sees 'The Devil All the Time' : Flaying Americana

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Donald Ray Pollock :"You need some trouble, you know, for the book to be interesting. I may go a little overboard on the trouble."

06/27/11 — 07/03/11

06-30-11: Commentary : Melissa Marr Minds the 'Graveminder' : Tending to the Dead

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Melissa Marr :"Everyone knows everyone's business."

06-29-11: Commentary : Angela Slatter Makes 'Sourdough' : Trusting Tartarus

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan Interviewed at SF in SF on May 7, 2011 : "...I think it's real at the same time that's it's magic—" "Sometimes the stories that we tell are more real than a bunch of facts."

06-27-11: Commentary : David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt Fall Under 'Heaven's Shadow' : Faster, Bigger, Better Ideas

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt : "It happened in a very circuitous fashion..."-David S. Goyer

06/20/11 — 06/26/11

06-23-11: Commentary : Kamala Nair Waits for 'The Girl in the Garden' : Haunted by Memory

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : The Astral by Kate Christensen, Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee and Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

06-22-11: Commentary : John A. Farrell Subpoenas 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' : The Devils in the Details

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With John A. Farrell : "I call it loving revisionism...because I still haven't lost my very high regard for him."

06-20-11: Commentary : Brooke Gladstone Fires Up 'The Influencing Machine' : The Master in the Mirror

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Brooke Gladstone : "I offer a view of where we may be going ... and it's fraught ... it's dangerous ... and it's thrilling."

06/13/11 — 06/19/11

06-14-11: Commentary : Charles Stross Cites 'Rule 34' : What You Did Matters

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Panel Discussion with Howard V. Hendrix, Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan Moderated by Terry Bisson from SF in SF on May 9, 2011 : "Science is just another myth, in that sense..." Howard V. Hendrix

06-13-11: Commentary : Jo Nesbo Builds 'The Snowman' : Heart of Ice

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Jo Nesbo : "I come from a storytelling family."

06/06/11 — 06/12/11

06-08-11: Commentary : Andrea Hairston Liberates 'Redwood and Wildfire' : Magic Behind This World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Andrea Hairston Reads from 'Redwood and Wildfire' Accompanied by Pan Morigan at SF in SF on May 7, 2011 : Words, Music, Magic

06-07-11: Commentary : Michael Cisco Searches for 'The Great Lover' : A Love Affair With the English Language

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Howard V. Hendrix Reads at SF in SF on May 7, 2011 : "...it is in the sense that imagination is dreaming with a purpose..."

06-06-11: Commentary : Daniel H. Wilson Unleashes 'Robopocalypse' : Fine Writing About the Robot Uprising

05/30/11 — 06/05/11

06-01-11: Commentary : Geoffrey Dunn Exposes 'The Lies of Sarah Palin' : All the Queen's Mendacity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Geoffrey Dunn : "There needs to be an explanation for that person."

05-31-11: Commentary : Alastair Reynolds Plays a 'Troika' : What We Can Never Decode

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Live, June 4, 2011 Preview : Seeing the Future with Kim Stanley Robinson and Rudy Rucker : "It's a good place to set a science fiction novel."

05-30-11: Commentary : Eugene Linden Explores 'The Ragged Edge of the World' : Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Eugene Linden : "While I was there, there was a very dramatic meeting."

05/23/11 — 05/29/11

05-27-11: Commentary : Lisa Lutz and David Hayward Flip a Coin : 'Heads You Lose'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, May 21, 2011 With David Hayward and Lisa Lutz : "...when you got the other person's new chapter you had no idea what it was going to be..."

05-25-11: Commentary : Lisa Lutz Opens 'The Spellman Files' : Writing as Acting

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Hayward and Lisa Lutz : "...we called those characters Author Lisa and Author Dave."

05-24-11: Commentary : Clive Barker is 'The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies' : Non-Fiction for the Odd, the Off-Kilter and the Threatening

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Blumlein Interviewed at SF in SF on April 16, 2011 : "..I fully expect that it's going to get in the wrong hands, and I fully expect that there's going to be eugenics performed..."

05-23-11: Commentary : E. L. Doctorow Finds 'All the Time in the World' : The State of the Situation

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With E. L. Doctorow : "I've never been comfortable, as a short story writer with that very compact sense of things."

05/16/11 — 05/22/11

05-20-11: Commentary : Alta Ifland Unlocks 'Death-In-A-Box' : Fables, Foibles and Family

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Peter S. Beagle at SF in SF on April 16, 2011 : "The fact that I was writing songs forced structure on me and forced economy on me..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report UPDATE : Radio Broadcast Edit of a 2011 Interview with Keith Thomson : "...his family thought that he was just an aircraft engineer, but he was working for the CIA..."

05-18-11: Commentary : Meg Wolitzer's 'The Uncoupling' : "Heart and Soul, one will burn..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, April 9, 2011 : Behold the Power of Meg Wolitzer and Alta Ifland

05-17-11: Commentary : Madison Smartt Bell 'The Color of Night' : Reviewed by Steve Deeble

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Two Books With Alan Cheuse : You Think That's Bad, Jim Shepard and Kurt Vonnegut: Novels and Stories, 1963-1973, Kurt Vonnegut and Sidney Offit

05-16-11: Commentary : Keith Thomson is 'Twice a Spy' : The Family Tradecraft

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Keith Thomson : "...his family thought that he was just an aircraft engineer, but he was working for the CIA..."

05/09/11 — 05/15/11

05-13-11: Commentary : Eric Felten Examines 'Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue' : Resolving the Conflicts Between Good and Good

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Eric Felten : "...it's a way in which we maintain our individualism..."

05-11-11: Commentary : Greg Egan Launches 'The Clockwork Rocket' : Orthogonal Book One

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Terry Bisson, Peter S. Beagle and Michael Blumlein at SF in SF on April 16, 2011 : "I disagree—" "Good.." "—that it's all about story..."

05-09-11: Commentary : Ann Packer Sings 'Swim Back to Me' : The Written Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Ann Packer : "My research is being alive..."

05/02/11 — 05/08/11

05-04-11: Commentary : Catherynne M. Valente Aims for 'Deathless' : A World Transformed by Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Charles Kruger : "I want to discover the theme..."

05-02-11: Commentary : Daniel Clowes is 'Mister Wonderful' : The Cringe Binge

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Daniel Clowes : "...this character just started yelling at me from my sketchbook..."

04/25/11 — 05/01/11

04-28-11: Commentary : READ 5 : Why to Read a Book, in this case 'Powers of Darkness' by Robert Aickman as Published by Tartarus Press

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Peter S. Beagle Reads "The Best Worst Monster" and "Up the Down Beanstalk" at SF in SF on April 16, 2011 : "...I'm really not about to follow that story with really any sort of conventional fantasy..."

04-27-11: Commentary : Will McIntosh Engineers 'Soft Apocalypse' : Falling Apart at the Seams

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Blumlein Reads from "22 and You" at SF in SF on April 16, 2011 : "This is from a group of stories I call The Doctor Diaries...."

04-26-11: Commentary : David Thorne Pretends 'The Internet Is A Playground' : License to Annoy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse: "...A pleasure to read ..." : Brent Hartinger, 'Shadow Walkers' ; Steven Pressfield, 'The Profession' ; Ben Bova, 'The Leviathans of Jupiter'

04-25-11: Commentary : Henning Mankell is 'The Troubled Man' : Forgetting Kurt Wallender

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Henning Mankell : "What I try to do always is to tell a story that has something to do with my life and the lives of others that are living together with me in the times that we see today."

04/18/11 — 04/24/11

04-21-11: Commentary : READ 4 : Taking the Cheap Seats

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeff and Ann VanderMeer Chat With Terry Bisson at SF in SF on March 12, 2011 : "For me, it's a way of bringing people together." - Ann VanderMeer

04-20-11: Commentary : Teju Cole Walks the 'Open City' : Closed Books

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (sort of) Read at SF in SF on March 12, 2011 : "There had to be a two-page spread of a flaming submarine." - Ann VanderMeer

04-19-11: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer Befriends 'Monstrous Creatures' : Essays in Oddness

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeff VanderMeer Interviewed at SF in SF on March 12, 2011 : "I don't see monsters as necessarily, by definition, an evil thing."

04-18-11: Commentary : Paul McComas is 'Unforgettable' : Blow it Up and It Can Never Go Back Together

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Paul McComas : "You've got to show them something else when they turn the corner."

04/11/11 — 04/17/11

04-14-11: Commentary : READ PART 3 : ENJOYABLE READING

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with Ann Packer : What are the sort of behaviors and problems that are happening around the edges of ordinary life?"

04-13-11: Commentary : The Bureau Chiefs Wants You to 'Write More Good' : Lower, Please

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ann VanderMeer Interviewed at SF in SF on March 12, 2011 : "We're not turning your entire world upside-down."

04-12-11: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews Robert Aickman's 'Dark Entries' and 'Sub Rosa' from Tartarus Press : Master of the Genre

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Patrick Rothfuss Interviewed at SF in SF on March 3, 2011 : "...the sort of culture that develops a Robin Hood myth, that tells you a lot about the time and place that story comes from..."

04-11-11: Commentary : Billy Collins Reads 'Horoscopes for the Dead' : Poetry for the Living

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Billy Collins, featuring the debut of "Orient" : "I guess we're always just talking, poets, about a handful of things..."

04/04/11 — 04/10/11

04-06-11: Commentary : Frederik Pohl Recounts 'All The Lives He Led' :The Future Past

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Patrick Rothfuss Reads at SF in SF on March 3, 2011 : "The book itself has only been out a couple of days, and I myself have some very strong feelings about spoilers."

04-05-11: Commentary : READ 2 : What, Probably Part One of Many

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Gail Carriger Reads at SF in SF on March 3, 2011 : "The first scene I'm going to read for you starts out with our hero, who is in a bit of a predicament."

04-04-11: Commentary : Michio Kaku Examines 'The Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and our Daily Lives by the Year 2100' : Prototype Prescience

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Michio Kaku : "We are emotionally, socially identical to the caveman of 100,000 years ago, except we have nuclear weapons."

03/28/11 — 04/03/11

03-31-11: Commentary : Joe Mathews and Mark Paul Chart the 'California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It' : Gaming the System

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Joe Mathews and Mark Paul : "...signature companies are beginning to hire much more aggressive people.." - Joe Mathews "We allow people to write policies into the Constitution, to make them even harder to change..." - Mark Paul

03-30-11: Commentary : Olga Grushin Gets in 'The Line' : Dream Streets

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ann Harris Reads at SF in SF on February 12, 2011 : "This is a transgender class-warfare romance."

03-29-11: Commentary : Read : How, What, When, Why, Where : Everyman's Meditation

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Terry Bisson, Ann Harris (aka Pearl North) and Lucy Jane Bledsoe at SF in SF on February 12, 2011 : "...the people who go there, pretty much to a person, are passionate about their lives..." - Lucy Jane Bledsoe

03-28-11: Commentary : Jasper Fforde Knows 'One of Our Thursdays is Missing' : Re-Inventing the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jasper Fforde Live at the Capitola Book Cafe on March 12, 2011 : Ten Rules for Writing

03/21/11 — 03/27/11

03-22-11: Commentary : Alexander Yates Howls With the 'Moondogs' : The Shape-Shifting Novel

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lucy Jane Bledsoe Reads at SF in SF on February 12, 2011 : "Everyone lives out in front of everyone and it is very, very intense."

03-21-11: Commentary : Kevin Poulsen Captures 'Kingpin' : True Crime for the 21st Century

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Kevin Poulsen : "Max was pretty good at sussing out snitches...He wasn't perfect, if he'd been perfect, he wouldn't be in jail now."

03/14/11 — 03/20/11

03-17-11: Commentary : 'Crimewave 11: Ghosts' Reviewed by Mario Guslandi : Excellent Stories

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Diana Paxson : "Anything that has an identity has a spirit."

03-16-11: Commentary : Kris Saknussemm Returns to Zanesville : 'Enigmatic Pilot'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three, no, Four Books With Alan Cheuse : E. L. Doctorow, 'All the Time in the World,' Kevin Brockmeir, 'The Illumination,' Tea Obreht, 'The Tiger's Wife, Leslie Daniels, 'Cleaning Nabokov's House'

03-15-11: Commentary : Alex Bledsoe Sheds Light on 'Dark Jenny' : Drink Deep From the Well of Death

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Gail Carriger Interviewed at SF in SF on March 3, 2011 : "I do things like character design boards..."

03-14-11: Commentary : T. C. Boyle Knows 'When the Killing's Done' : Human Nature

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with T. C. Boyle :"I write in order to see what comes next."

03/07/11 — 03/13/11

03-11-11: Commentary : Jo Walton is 'Among Others' : Book Magic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Diana Paxson Interviewed at SF in SF on January 15, 2011 :"I served as leader of the Covenant of Goddess for Two Years..."

03-09-11: Commentary : Chris Wooding Reaches 'Retribution Falls' : Airship Fantasy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Rudy Rucker Interviewed at SF in SF on January 15, 2011 : "These things we like about science fiction, the good old things; the monsters, the time travel, the telepathy, the aliens, the UFOs..."

03-08-11: Commentary : Leslie Daniels is 'Cleaning Nabokov's House' : Including the Kitchen Sink'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview With TC Boyle : "Well, God, when he was writing this book, and I think it was a bestseller in its day, he didn't really take into account the fact that we, ourselves, are animals."

03-07-11: Commentary : Peggy Orenstein Knows 'Cinderella Ate My Daughter' : 'Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview With Peggy Orenstein : "I didn't want her to think that there was anything she had to do because she was a girl."

02/28/11 — 03/06/11

03-05-11: Commentary : Mark Hodder Winds Up 'Burton and Swinburne in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' : Full Steam Ahead

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with Peggy Orenstein : "The thing about Bella is that she is completely ... bland."

03-02-11: Commentary : Aaron Ximm and Kaveh Soofi Want You to 'Pat the Zombie' : Low-Hanging, Slowly-Rotting Fruit

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Panel Discussion from SF in SF, January 15, 2011, with Terry Bisson, Diana Paxson and Rudy Rucker : "I was very much into Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs." - Rudy Rucker "I said there were five sequels." - Diana Paxson

03-01-11: Commentary : Josh Mohr Leads 'The Termite Parade' : The Enemy Within

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, February 12, 2011 with Matt Stewart and Joshua Mohr : "...if we all see the same thing, we're all seeing entirely different things..." - Josh Mohr "It's much rarer these days that everybody reads the same books and talks about it. - Matt Stewart

02-28-11: Commentary : Richard Matheson Enters 'Other Kingdoms' : The World Next Door

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Richard Matheson : "I'm a disbeliever in genre...I think there should just be stories."

02/21/11 — 02/27/11

02-24-11: Commentary : Matt Stewart Fights 'The French Revolution' : Let Them Eat Laughter

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, February 12, 2011: Matt Stewart and Joshua Mohr Read From Their Work : "Esmerelda is in an underground extreme food training ground compound in Marin ..." - Matt Stewart "This will not help your appetite, whatsoever..." - Josh Mohr

02-23-11: Commentary : Marjorie Cohn Examines 'The United States and Torture' : Interdisciplinary Analysis As Reading Experience

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Diana Paxson Reads at SF in SF, on January 15, 2011 : "Our hero, who is from Greece, has been faced with the problem of how to turn a lump of meteor iron into a sword."

02-22-11: Commentary : Thomas Ligotti Defines 'Grimscribe: His Lives and Works' : Subterranean Press Upgrades the Arcane

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Rudy Rucker Reads at SF in SF, on January 15, 2011 : "The Birth of Transrealism"

02-21-11: Commentary : Deborah Harkness Makes 'A Discovery of Witches' : History, Science and (In)Humanity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Deborah Harkness : "So often that's what scholars feel when they open a book for the first time, 'Oh no, this isn't what I thought it would be.'"

02/14/11 — 02/20/11

02-18-11: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'The Man Who Collected Machen' by Mark Samuels : Gloom and Anguish in the Modern World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Two Books With Alan Cheuse : 'While Mortals Sleep' by Kurt Vonnegut and 'Caribou Island' by David Vann : "I read for a couple of years and this family came into my mind..."

02-17-11: Commentary : David Shields Declares 'Reality Hunger: A Manifesto' : Aesthetic or Emetic?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Sam Sax : "It's like walking around the city and talking to myself."

02-15-11: Commentary : T. Jefferson Parker Declares The Border War : Dangerous Characters in 'Iron River'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Evan Karp : "We try to replicate the experience of what the show was like."

02-14-11: Commentary : David Vann Explores 'Caribou Island' : Nature, Men and Women

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with David Vann : "There can be this awful sense of momentum."

02/07/11 — 02/13/11

02-09-11: Commentary : Steven R. Boyett Reaches 'Elegy Beach' : 'Tis Better to Have Loved and Lost the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Steve R. Boyett Interviewed at SF in SF on November 13, 2010 : "I'm like a magician who is distracting you with these details and what you haven't questioned is, 'There's a talkin' horse.'"

02-08-11: Commentary : Kevin Poulsen Tracks the 'Kingpin' : Silent Crime Wave

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Panel Discussion from SF in SF on November 13, 2010, with Terry Bisson, Steven R. Boyett and Dale Pendell : "...the wounds are so fresh, the blood is scarcely dry..." - Dale Pendell

02-07-11: Commentary : Siobhan Fallon Realizes 'You Know When the Men Are Gone' : A World Within Our World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Siobhan Fallon : "Soldiers like to tell stories ... and I'm a good listener."

01/31/11 — 02/06/11

02-03-11: Commentary : A. D. Miller Excavates 'Snowdrops' : Sympathy for Self-Induced Moral Blindness

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly: Thomas Frank on The Easy Chair : A Moment of Disregard

Agony Column Podcast News Report EXTRA : KUSP On-Air Promo for Sunday, February 6: Siobhan Fallon : "It becomes its own strange kind of normal..."

02-02-11: Commentary : Andy Cox Sees 'Ghosts' : Tidal Crimewaves

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Dale Pendell Interviewed at SF in AF on November 13, 2010 : "The Pharmako books go way back to a vision I had of something I was going to call 'The Poet's Guide to Drugs'...."

02-01-11: Commentary : Lisa Desrochers Graduates from 'Personal Demons' to 'Original Sin' : Teen Angels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, January 8, 2011 : Lisa Desrochers and Karen Joy Fowler

01-31-11: Commentary : Teresa Strasser is 'Exploiting My Baby* *Because It's Exploiting Me' : Back to Reality

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Teresa Strasser : "...and I just thought, 'Really? Do you have to bum me out? 'Cos this is pretty much no backsies."

01/24/11 — 01/30/11

01-27-11: Commentary : Rebecca Hunt Sends 'Mr. Chartwell' : Black Dog

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Chuck Palahniuk Interviewed on Stage at Cafe du Nord on May 20, 2010 : "..now we're sophisticated enough to recognize the language of movies...."

01-26-11: Commentary : Cherie Priest and Sean McCabe : More Damnable Vampires

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Dale Pendell Reads at SF in SF on November 13, 2010 : The Great Bay

01-25-11: Commentary : Ben Aaronovitch Navigates the 'Rivers of London' : 'Midnight Riot'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Phone Interview with Siobhan Fallon : "I really liked that idea of one of the characters eavesdropping and the things that she would be aware of in that housing community."

01-24-11: Commentary : Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker Dissect 'Winner-Take-All Politics' : The Trickle-Up Economy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2011 Interview with Paul Pierson : "There's a particular story that's going on here."

01/17/11 — 01/23/11

01-21-11: Commentary : Eric Alterman Shadows Kabuki Democracy : Analyzing Disappointment

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Steven R. Boyett Reads at SF in SF, on November 13, 2011 : "I am sorry to have to tell you this."

01-17-11: Commentary : Diana Secker Tesdell Selects 'New York Stories' : Everyman's Pocket Classics

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Chuck Palahniuk Reads at Café du Nord : "Knock Knock"

01/10/11 — 01/16/11

01-13-11: Commentary : Kathryn Schulz Admits 'Being Wrong' : You Know I'm Right

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Steven R. Boyett Reads at SF in SF on November 13, 2011 : Elegy Beach

01-12-11: Commentary : Everything Old is Old Again : New Takes on Old Tropes, 'Wolfsangel' by M. D. Lachlan and Stina Leicht's 'Of Blood and Honey'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview With Ray Garton at SF in SF on October 23, 2010 : "For me, I have to discover something as it unfolds."

01-11-11: Commentary : David Vann on 'Sukkwan Island' : Remote Relations

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview With John Shirley at SF in SF on October 23, 2010 : "...you can go back to the Marquis de Sade for some of it, though I'm not a big fan of his...."

01-10-11: Commentary : Chuck Palahniuk is a 'Tell-All' : Emotion Picture

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Chuck Palahniuk : "We kind of assemble ourselves from this buffet of other people's selves."

01/03/11 — 01/09/11

01-06-11: Commentary : T. Jefferson Parker Rides 'Iron River' : Guns in Your Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ray Garton Reads at SF in SF for Halloween, 2010 : "Do you know what it's like to cut up your best friend with a hacksaw?"

01-05-11: Commentary : Catherynne M. Valente Enters 'The Habitation of the Blessed' : Growing on Trees

Agony Column Podcast News Report : John Shirley Reads at SF in SF for Halloween, 2010 : "What could be glowing, sulfurous yellow, within the water of a pool hidden beneath a lighthouse?"

01-04-11: Commentary : Tim Akers Wears 'The Horns of Ruin' : Swords and Steampunk

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Rain Graves Reads Poetry at SF in SF for Halloween, 2010 : "I've decided to let you all in on a little secret that I'm working on."

01-03-11: Commentary : Mike Brown Confesses 'How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming' : Life, With Science

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Mike Brown : "I meant to spend all of November and December search through the old data sets, and I will admit to having looked at baby name books and developmental biology books..."

12/27/10 — 01/02/11

12-29-10: Commentary : Jeffrey Rossman 'The Mind-Body Mood Solution' : Psychosynthesis

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jeffrey Rossman : "...give it a rest, go out and do something..."

12-27-10: Commentary : Erwin Chemerinsky Tracks 'The Conservative Assault on the Constitution' : Rhetorical Revolution

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Erwin Chemerinsky : "I think it was so important to articulate at that point the rule of law."

12/20/10 — 12/26/10

12-21-10: Commentary : Karen Armstrong Offers 'Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life' : Smart Programming

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Special Podcast Extra : Jeffrey Rossman on 'The Mind-Body Mood Solution' : "Take Heed of that message that we're getting from somewhere deep inside of us that something needs to change..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nick Mamatas Reads at SF in SF Halloween Celebration, October 23, 2010 : "...you are going to ruin zombies forever..."

12-20-10: Commentary : David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill Offer 'A Rope and a Prayer' : Personal History

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill : "..this young suicide bomber, I asked, 'Are you ready to die?' and he said, 'Absolutely.'" David Rohde "He was literally in a foreign country and I was suddenly thrust into a whole new world; FBI agents, private security contractors..." Kristen Mulvihill

12/13/10 — 12/19/10

12-16-10: Commentary : Simon R. Green Returns to the Nightside : TCBOO

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Karen Joy Fowler Interviewed at SF in SF on October 16, 2010 : "...usually, I like to be the person who has the great idea and somebody else does the work of making it happen..."

12-15-10: Commentary : K. J. Taylor Flies 'The Dark Griffin' : Unfriendly Skies and Smart Publishers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Claude Lalumière Interviewed at SF in SF, October 16, 2010 : "...they're very primal...and they refer to an instinctual memory that me might have ..."

12-14-10: Commentary : Tim Powers Reaches 'A Time to Cast Away Stones' : There Were Giants In the Earth

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, October 16, 2010 : Terry Bisson, Karen Joy Fowler and Claude Lalumière : "I think that I'm involuntarily very imitative of voice and rhythm..."—Karen Joy Fowler

12-13-10: Commentary : Syed Afzal Haider Wants 'To Be With Her' : Easier Said Than Done

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Syed Afzal Haider : "...there was no coming back, and yet we were storing our stuff..."

12/06/10 — 12/12/10

12-09-10: Commentary : The Future Now: Books That Make Next Year Worth Living

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Karen Joy Fowler Reads at SF in SF on October 16, 2010 : "Booth's Ghost"

12-08-10: Commentary : ARCS from the Future : Tomorrow's Books Today

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Claude Lalumière Reads at SF in SF on October 16, 2010 : "Big Sister Eye" and "The Ethical Treatment of Meat"

12-07-10: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010' Edited by Paula Guran : "...you know it when you read it."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Phone Interview with David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill : "...my brother-in-law, Lee alerted me to the fact that David had been kidnapped.."

12-06-10: Commentary : A 'Last Call' for Re-Reading Tim Powers : Subterranean Press and Charnel House

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Tim Powers : "It just struck me, pirates, mixed with Voodoo in the Caribbean; it just seemed like that would be a rich field to play in..."

11/29/10 — 12/05/10

11-30-10: Commentary : James Barclay Reveals 'Legends of the Raven' : 'Elfsorrow,' 'Shadowheart,' and 'Demonstorm'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : The Poet Laureates Anthology edited by Susan Schmidt, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang and The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

11-30-10: Commentary : Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan Create 'The Fall' : The Middle of a Nightmare

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Guillermo Del Toro in Bleak House, The Haunted Mansion" : "I was always worried about where Godzilla left his droppings...

11/22/10 — 11/28/10

11-26-10: Commentary : Adam Carolla Worries That 'In Fifty Years, We'll All Be Chicks' : Set the Controls for the Heart of the Rant

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Adam Carolla : "First off...the terrorists have won."

11-24-10: Commentary : Adam Levin Issues 'The Instructions' : Messiah Complex

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Adam Levin : "...he's like a really tough, pissed-off dad...he's not perfect, and he's not all-powerful, either...."

11/15/10 — 11/21/10

11-19-10: Commentary : Michele Norris Finds 'The Grace of Silence' : The Act of Listening

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Michele Norris : "People think the most important thing I do on the radio is talk ... but actually, the most important thing I do is listen..."

11-16-10: Commentary : Matt Taibbi Explores 'Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids and the Long Con That is Taking Down America' : Goldmanfinger

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Matt Taibbi : "I had a friend who worked for a Sovereign Wealth Fund in the Middle East..."

11-15-10: Commentary : Laurie David Prepares 'The Family Dinner' : Cooking, Kids and Chaos

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Laurie David : "It's important to take a moment, take a beat, and express gratitude."

11/08/10 — 11/14/10

11-12-10: Commentary : Daniel Pinchbeck Takes 'Notes from the Edge Times' : Essays as Actions

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck : "...corrupt left-wing intelligentsia ... baby-boomer parasites who have been feeding off the fat of the land..."

11-10-10: Commentary : S. G. Brown is Destined to write 'Fated' : Life with the 83%

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with S. G. Browne : "It was actually fun creating the dynamic between Destiny and Fate."

11-09-10: Commentary : Kevin Kelly Examines 'What Technology Wants' : Meat Discovers Fire

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Kevin Kelly : "... and this, I have to say, is controversial, a minority view in evolutionary biology, but it is a view I find persuasive..."

11-08-10: Commentary : Myla Goldberg Reveals 'The False Friend' : Stories, Lies and Lives

11/01/10 — 11/07/10

11-04-10: Commentary : Pierre Pevel Sharpens 'The Cardinal's Blades' : Dragons, Cults and Conspiracies

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Gary Young on Morton Marcus : "...scanning the heavens in our solitary vigil for words that will redeem us..."—from "Radio" by Morton Marcus, as read by Gary Young

11-03-10: Commentary : Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' : Horror In the Eyes of the Beholder

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Live Preview : Paul McHugh and Wallace Baine on Writing, Journalism and the Future of the Newspaper: "Newspapers have geography on their side." - Wallace Baine "Why isn't the paradigm shifting even faster?" - Paul McHugh

11-02-10: Commentary : Charles Burns Gets 'X'ed Out' : Welcome to Your Nightmare

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Charles Burns : "I remember having this feeling of literally wanting to slip out of my skin, shed my skin and turn into someone else."

11-01-10: Commentary : Graham Hancock is 'Entangled' : Informed Speculation at the Edge of a Cliff

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Graham Hancock : "Ayahuasca doesn't always give you what you want ... but she usually gives you what you need."

10/25/10 — 10/31/10

10-28-10: Commentary : Laurie David Prepares 'The Family Dinner' : Cooking, Kids and Chaos

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Cara Black Interviewed at SF in SF October 6, 2010 : "I get to go to Paris twice a year for research."

10-27-10: Commentary : Patrick Lee Explores 'Ghost Country' : Once Again Into the Breach

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Meets Litquake : Michael Kurland's The Maltese Omelet

10-26-10: Commentary : John Le Carré Examines 'Our Kind of Traitor' : Innocents Abandoned

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : What I Didn't See by Karen Joy Fowler, Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carré and Nemesis by Philip Roth

10-25-10: Commentary : Philip Roth's Nemesis : The Grammar of Guilt : : The Grammar of Guilt

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Philip Roth : "...it devastates the people around the polio victim..."

10/18/10 — 10/24/10

10-22-10: Commentary : Belle Yang Writes to 'Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale' : Pictographic Memory

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Belle Yang : "In Chinese, the language itself is visual poetry."

10-21-10: Commentary : Charles Yu Explains 'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe' : Measuring the Time of Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Charles Yu : "I really was searching for a frame, a different vocabulary to talk about what I hope are pretty universal emotions."

10-20-10: Commentary : Felix Gilman Makes 'The Half-Made World' : One World One Word at a Time

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, October 9, 2010: Conversation : Panel discussion with Graham Hancock and Jim Nisbet

10-19-10: Commentary : Heidi Cullen Researches 'The Weather of the Future' : Describing the Irreversible

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, October 9, 2010: Readings : Readings by Graham Hancock and Jim Nisbet

10-18-10: Commentary : Karen Joy Fowler Reveals 'What I Didn't See' : New American Mythos

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Karen Joy Fowler : "I began to see what I wanted from stories, what was important to me in stories..."

10/11/10 — 10/17/10

10-15-10: Commentary : '80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin' : Life, Literature and Life in Literature

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mark L. Van Name Interviewed at SF in SF on September 11, 2010 : "I spent three years in a paramilitary group from ages ten to thirteen learning to kill."

10-14-10: Commentary : Jeff Conner's 'Classics Mutilated' : CTRL-ALT-LIT

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Amelia Beamer Interviewed at SF in SF on September 11, 2010 : "The sexuality of zombies has been in the background long enough."

10-13-10: Commentary : Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck Catalogue 'Wonders of the Sky' : Lights Before the Airships

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF panel from September 11, 2010, with Amelia Beamer, Terry Bisson, Mark L. Van Name and Gary K. Wolfe : "Those zombies were metaphors for slavery."-Gary K. Wolfe

10-12-10: Commentary : Darin Straus Lives 'Half a Life' : Reading the Grieving Mind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Darin Straus : "For me, therapy was the book, really."

10-11-10: Commentary : Steven Kotler Utters 'A Small Furry Prayer' : Humans, Dogs, Civilization and Rescue

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Stephen Kotler : "..we wanted to combine our packs and combine our lives and they sold our house out from under us..."

10/04/10 — 10/10/10

10-08-10: Commentary : Charles Stross Issues 'The Fuller Memorandum' : The Cold War for Human Souls

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mark L. Van Name Reads at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "Children No More"

10-07-10: Commentary : Amir D. Aczel 'Present at the Creation' : Machines, Ideas and the Universe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Amelia Beamer Reads at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "The Loving Dead"

10-05-10: Commentary : Martin Cruz Smith 'Three Stations' : Russia's Surreal Present and Our Unpleasant Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, October 2, 2010 : Tony Broadbent and Martin Cruz Smith

10-04-10: Commentary : Monica Truong 'Bitter in the Mouth' : Syneaesthetic Southern Gothic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Conversation with Monique Truong : "..the physical return is actually something that I did in the process of writing this book..."

09/27/10 — 10/02/10

09-30-10: Commentary : James Greene and Al Astrella Tour 'The House of Ackerman' : : Uncle Forry & The Family of Our Choice

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Al Astrella and James Greene : "It'd be Freddy Krueger right next to a picture of Bela Lugosi."

09-29-10: Commentary : Dan White Joins 'The Cactus Eaters' : Biting Off More than You Can Chew

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Dan White : "I thought, that looks pretty cool, and it actually looked pretty easy."

09-28-10: Commentary : Richard Matheson 'He is Legend' : Running the Gauntlet

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly With Thomas Frank : "...big-picture, end-of-the-world fear-mongering, let's talk about the destruction of freedom kind of politics..."

09-27-10: Commentary : Susan Casey Catches 'The Wave' : In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Susan Casey : "That was something I never understood until I saw a 70 foot wave."

09/20/10 — 09/26/10

09-22-10: Commentary : John Fowles Grows 'The Tree' : Wild in Life and Mind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Laura Davis : "You're giving them light and color and a story, and in doing so they begin to transform."

09-21-10: Commentary : James Robert Smith Hunts 'The Flock' : Smarter Than a Monster

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Lauren Mari-Navarro on Writing, Memoir and Therapy : "...after they did this four consecutive days of writing, they found that people had fewer visits to the hospital..."

09-20-10: Commentary : John Brandon Drives Through 'Citrus County' : Swamp Gothic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With John Brandon : "There's just tons of great writing about New York, but if I step out of a cab in Manhattan, the energy is so strong and finished, and I just feel like, there's nothing for me to do."

09/13/10 — 09/19/10

09-17-10: Commentary : Interzone 230 : Days of 'Fear'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mary Robinette Kowal Interviewed at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "Trying to figure out how you can get around the restrictions is what makes fantasy and the Regency for me very interesting."

09-16-10: Commentary : Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow Unveil 'The Grand Design' : Many Theories for Many Things

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Cecelia Holland Interviewed at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "...a free woman like that in a society which was really very cramped and really very limited would just be like a phoenix..."

09-15-10: Commentary : Neal Asher Engages 'The Technician' : A Time to Collect Bones

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Panel Discussion for SF in SF on August 21, 2010: Mary Robinette Kowal, Cecelia Holland and Terry Bisson : "Cecelia has built a whole career out of historicals; your first is sort of a historical; is that the direction you're going in, or just something you did?" — Terry Bisson

09-14-10: Commentary : Daniel Kehlmann Courts 'Fame' : Actors, Characters and Narrators

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Cecelia Holland Reads at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "Keep going with me and everything will be fine."

09-13-10: Commentary : William Gibson Counts 'Zero History' : The Poetry of Science Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with William Gibson : "I might be one of the first generation of science fiction writers to come to the writing of it with a head full of academic critical theories..."

09/06/10 — 09/12/10

09-08-10: Commentary : Bentley Little Finds 'The Disappearance' : Savagery, Satire, and Sweet Surrender

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mary Robinette Kowal Reads and Gives a Puppet Show at SF in SF on August 21, 2010 : "Jane Austen was kind of British."

09-07-10: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Dark Faith' : ".. beneath the gore, the violence of horror, there is often a spiritual undercurrent that remains unexplored."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Two Books With Alan Cheuse : 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen and 'The Fall' by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

09-06-10: Commentary : Brendan Connell Tells 'Unpleasant Tales' : Close-up and Too Close-up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Guy Gavriel Kay : "I'm telling myself you bloody well better figure out where this is going because you have to start heading there sometime around now."

08/30/10 — 09/05/10
Blue Ocean Film Festival Podcast Stream

09-03-10: Commentary : The Eternal Youth of 'Madame Bovary' : "To be simple is no small matter."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Bruckner Chase at Blue Ocean Film Festival : "...a breath to your right and look at the moonset over the Pacific, and a breath to your left and see the sun rise over the mountains..."

09-02-10: Commentary : Collecting Philip K. Dick : The Books That Launched A Thousand Films

Agony Column Podcast News Report : BLUE Ocean Film Festival Interview with Ed Lyman and Lou Douros : "In the Wake of Giants"

09-01-10: Commentary : Tim Pratt Finds 'Sympathy for the Devil' : "...Hell for the company..."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Dan Basta at the Blue Ocean Film Festival : "Experiential learning is the way we learn best."

08-31-10: Commentary : Peter S. Beagle Reveals 'The Secret History of Fantasy' : : Telling Lies for a Living

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau : "We need to change. And we can."

08-30-10: Commentary : David Doubilet Captures 'Water Time Light' : Painting with Pixels

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes : "Everything people have always feared about photography comes true underwater."

08/23/10 — 08/29/10

08-25-10: Commentary : Vendela Vida 'The Lovers' : Reading and Revelation

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Live Reading and Interview with Vendela Vida At Bookshop Santa Cruz : "...there was an owl that came into this place we were renting one day..."

08-24-10: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer and 'The Third Bear' : Absurd Is as Absurd Does

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Paul McHugh on the Short Memoir : "Permission is the unobtanium of human interaction."

08-23-10: Commentary : Mary Roach is 'Packing for Mars' : Non Fiction Genre Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Mary Roach : "There was a second hoax about a shuttle mission..."

08/16/10 — 08/22/10

08-20-10: Commentary : Joe R. Lansdale Takes 'Deadman's Road' : Deader Than Thou

Agony Column Podcast News Report : On the Phone with Vendela Vida : "You do all this background information, most of which never makes it into the book."

08-19-10: Commentary : Gary Shteyngart Tells a 'Super Sad True Love Story' : Retro-Prescience

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Gary Shteyngart Live Reading and Interview at Bookshop Santa Cruz : "...please like me, this will make up for Hebrew school if all of you like me.."

08-18-10: Commentary : Mark Pilkington Unleashes Weapons of Mass Deception : "ECM+CIA=UFO"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : David Corbett and Barry Eisler for The Agony Column Live at Capitola Book Caffé, August 7, 2010 Q and A : "This is NewSpeak."

08-16-10: Commentary : Howard Norman Asks 'What is Left the Daughter' : The Past Always Rises

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Howard Norman : "I'd wanted to write from the beginning an epistolary novel; this is just an epistolary novel that's consisting of one letter."

08/09/10 — 08/15/10

08-12-10: Commentary : James O'Neal Copies 'The Double Human' : Proceeding into the Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Barry Eisler and David Corbett Live at Capitola Book Café on August 7, 2010 : : "If anyone thinks it's absurd that the government might assassinate the founder of WikiLeaks, it's quite a bit less absurd than I wish it were".... — Barry Eisler

08-11-10: Commentary : Joe R. Lansdale Takes Huck Finn to 'Dread Island' : "Classics Mutilated"

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Barry Eisler Reads at The Agony Column Live on August 7, 2010 : "...they'll pick up that angle and run interference for us..."

08-10-10: Commentary : David Corbett Asks 'Do They Know I'm Running?' : Crossing Borders

Agony Column Podcast News Report : David Corbett Reads at The Agony Column Live on August 7, 2010 : "These Families are making incredible sacrifices..."

08-09-10: Commentary : David Mitchell and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet : The World is Ever the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with David Mitchell : "The periodic table of the human heart is still the same now as it was then."

08/02/10 — 08/08/10

08-06-10: Commentary : Tim Powers Sails 'On Stranger Tides' : History, Fantasy and the Reality of Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Tim Powers : "...twenty things that are too cool not to use..."

08-04-10: Commentary : Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crime Spree : 'Bryant and May Off the Rails

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank Returns to Agony : Newt Gingrich Alters History

08-03-10: Commentary : Robert M. Price Spins 'The Tindalos Cycle' : Terrorize, Horrify, Repeat

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Short Chat with Gary Shteyngart : "...the technology is outpacing our ability to absorb what it is doing to us..."

08-02-10: Commentary : A Second Tour Through 'The Passage' : Sending Characters into Time

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Justin Cronin : "A novel is itself a kind of dream."

07/26/10 — 08/01/10

07-30-10: Commentary : Subterranean Press and Robert R. McCammon Wake at 'The Wolf's Hour' : The Time Before Cheese

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheus : Allegra Goodman, 'The Cookbook Collector,' Noam Shpancer's 'The Good Psychologist' and Elie Wiesel 'The Sonderberg Case'

07-28-10: Commentary : Rule Britannia, In Space 2 : En Route, RJ Frith and Peter F. Hamilton

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Brian and Wendy Froud at SF in SF on Monday, July 19, 2010: Q & A : "The people you deal with at the publishers ... if they last the end of the week, you're lucky."

07-27-10: Commentary : Rule Britannia, In Space : UK Space Opera Demonstrates Excess is Not Enough (Part one, the Arrived)

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Brian and Wendy Froud at SF in SF on Monday, July 19, 2010 : "Well, I thought if I do faeries then nobody's going to say that I've got it wrong."

07-26-10: Commentary : Brian and Wendy Froud Seek 'The Heart of Faerie Oracle' : Cards, Books and a New Perspective

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Brian and Wendy Froud : "It's all about connection."

07/19/10 — 07/25/10

07-20-10: Commentary : Adam Elenbaas is Caught by 'Fishers of Men' : The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, July 10, 2010 : Alan Cheuse and Peter S. Beagle : "There are certain phrases I'm leery of using; one's "the creative process" and the other is "inspiration." — Peter S. Beagle "Habit is the best thing for you if you're trying to write prose." — Alan Cheuse

07-19-10: Commentary : Phil Cousineau is the 'Wordcatcher' : A Selectionary for Curious Mind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Phil Cousineau : "..then I'll look up all those words that were arcane..."

07/12/10 — 07/18/10

07-16-10: Commentary : Allegra Goodman Meets 'The Cookbook Collector' : Modern Love

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live on July 10, 2010: : Alan Cheuse Reads "A Trance After Breakfast"

07-14-10: Commentary : The Glorious Average : Harvey Pekar and the Path Most Taken

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2006 Interview with Harvey Pekar : "Already, I was associated with one of the greatest cartoonists in the world."

07-13-10: Commentary : Peter S. Beagle Says 'We Never Talk About My Brother' : Literary Urban Fantasy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, July 10, 2010 : Intros and Peter S. Beagle Reads "The Stickball Witch"

07-12-10: Commentary : Aimee Bender Tastes 'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake' : Emotional Synesthesia

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Aimee Bender : "The daily details are extra-important..."

07/05/10 — 07/11/10

07-09-10: Commentary : Harlan Ellison's 'Deathbird Stories' : Back from the Dead and Ready to Party

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Everything by Kevin Canty, The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Glorious by Bernice McFadden

07-07-10: Commentary : Kitchen Testing 'The New Vegetarian Epicure' and 'Get Cooking' : Lentil Power

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, June 26, 2010 : Mollie Katzen and Anna Thomas, Part Two : "'You should really write a cookbook,' and I thought, 'Yeah, that's a good idea...'"

07-06-10: Commentary : Anna Thomas Cooks Up 'Love Soup' : Recipes, Menus and Meals

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live, June 26, 2010 : Mollie Katzen and Anna Thomas, Part One : Time to Get Cooking Because You Love Soup : "It makes a huge difference really, really, it does, to completely clean up when you're done."

07-05-10: Commentary : Abraham Verghese Will Not Be 'Cutting for Stone' : Stories of Spirit and Words of Comfort

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Abraham Verghese : "Literature has a wonderful ability to restore your imagination for the suffering of others."

06/28/10 — 07/03/10

07-02-10: Commentary : Sloane Crosley Asks 'How Did Get This Number' : Excellent Essays for the Short of Temper

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Live Interview With Sloane Crosley : We Did Not Mention the Title of Her Essay 'Fuck You, Columbus'

06-30-10: Commentary : Mark Charan Newton Enters 'City of Ruin' : Inspector Jeryd Rides Again

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Panel Discussion at SF in SF on June 12, 2010, with Seanan McGuire, Deborah Grabien and Terry Bisson : "Coke Black was just a horrible thing unleashed on an unsuspecting world."

06-29-10: Commentary : 'Twelve,' 'Thirteen,' Tongues of Serpents,' and 'The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack' : Historical SF & Horror Makes Rousing Summer Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Seanan McGuire Interviewed at SF in SF, June 12, 2010 : "If I have my unbreakables, I can set my conditionals."

06-28-10: Commentary : Jennifer Egan Gets 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' : Revisiting the Novel Genre

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Conversation with Jennifer Egan : "The characters and the action led the way... I was led into the future not so much because I was thinking, 'I want to write about the future,' but more because I wanted to re-visit this particular person."

06/21/10 — 06/27/10

06-23-10: Commentary : Adam Langer Corrals 'The Thieves of Manhattan' : Lies, Balderdash and the Absolute, Unvarnished Truth

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Grabien Interviewed at SF in SF on June 12, 2010 : "I don't need the validation."

06-22-10: Commentary : Barry Eisler Steps 'Inside Out' : Black Hearts and Black Ops

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafon : Zocalo Public Square

06-21-10: Commentary : Linda Greenlaw is 'Seaworthy' : Back to the Grand Banks in Not-So-Grand Style

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Linda Greenlaw : "Well, I call him up and tell him I'm going to the Grand Banks and he pretty much signs himself right up."

06/14/10 — 06/20/10

06-17-10: Commentary : Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud Lives 'A Life on Paper' : Translating the Ineffable

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Seanan McGuire Reads at SF in SF on June 12, 2010 : "The Alchemy of Alcohol"

06-16-10: Commentary : Fantasy in the City : Mark Chadbourn and Mark Charan Newton Subvert Reality and Genre

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Grabien Reads at SF in SF on June 12, 2010 : 'Dark's Tale' and 'London Calling'

06-15-10: Commentary : Donald R. Burleson Whispers 'Wait for the Thunder' : Stories for a Stormy Night

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Lucy by Laurence Gonzalez, Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

06-14-10: Commentary : James P. Othmer Drinks the 'Holy Water' : Backing Into the Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Juliet Schor : "...We need to move to much more open, collaborative, sharing knowledge systems."

06/07/10 — 06/11/10

06-10-10: Commentary : Brett Easton Ellis Peers Inside 'Imperial Bedrooms' : Panic After the Year Zero

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Michael Swanwick" : "I feel like something very large is laughing at me."

06-09-10: Commentary : Dan Dion and Paul Provenza Free the '!Satiristas!' : Bleeding the Comedians

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Conversation with Paul Provenza and Dan Dion : "I was raised to respect the printed word so much, when I was in school, I couldn't highlight books..."

06-08-10: Commentary : China Miéville Unleashes 'Kraken' : Comedy of Tentacles

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with China Miéville : "...I do like trying to change the voice book from book."

06-07-10: Commentary : Cory Doctorow Gets By 'With a Little Help' : Experimenting With The Economics of Hardcopy and Electronic Publishing

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Cory Doctorow : "That's straight outta Heinlein.."

05/31/10 — 06/03/10

06-03-10: Commentary : Justin Cronin Enters 'The Passage' : A girl who saves the world

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer, The Passage by Justin Cronin

06-02-10: Commentary : 'Animythical Tales' by Sarah Totton and 'Metrophilias' by Brendan Connell : Better Seeds

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Agony Column Live : A Panel Discussion with Guy Gavriel Kay and Zachary Mason, March 8, 2010

06-01-10: Commentary : The Return of The Agony Column : Logic, License and Habit

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Karl Marlantes : "..these are common human foibles and failings, it's just that they get magnified in a combat, war situation..."

05/17/10 — 05/21/10

05-17-10: Commentary : Cory Doctorow Is There 'For the Win' : My Chance to Be the Jewish Mother

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with David Grann : "It turned out that for years, stuff was just based on wives' tales."

05/10/10 — 05/14/10

05-13-10: Commentary : Jonathan L. Howard Flies with 'Johannes Cabal the Detective' : This Week's Zeppelin

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Guy Gavriel Kay Reads for The Agony Column Live on May 8, 2010 : "A meaty chunk."

05-12-10: Commentary : Alastair Reynolds Returns from 'Terminal World' : Tools of the Trade

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Zachary Mason Reads for The Agony Column Live on May 8, 2010 : "The longest and the shortest pieces."

05-11-10: Commentary : Catching Up with the Catcher : Troubled Teens, Better in Fiction Than Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, April 17, 2010: Gail Carriger, Blake Charlton and Terry Bisson : "Do you think the popularity of Victoriana in the United States is partly because we've never outgrown the dream of empire, and so we relate?" "Oh, definitely..."

05-10-10: Commentary : Dave Isay Says "Hi Mom!" : A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Dave Isay : "We have an editorial team at StoryCorps who printed out probably four thousand transcripts."

04/26/10 — 04/30/10

04-29-10: Commentary : Guy Gavriel Kay Wakes Up 'Under Heaven' : Re-Inventing the Tang Dynasty

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with David Gordon"I just love lighting people up about the music."

04-28-10: Commentary : Amelia Beamer Dates 'The Loving Dead' : Sex, Death and Humor

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Gail Carriger Interviewed at SF in SF on April 17, 2010 : "It just makes no sense that one little island with terribly bad cuisine would take over the world."

04-27-10: Commentary : Harvey Sachs Conducts 'The Ninth' : 'Beethoven and the World of 1824'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Blake Charlton Interviewed at SF in SF on April 17, 2010 : "Books that flirt with epic and hop into bed with endless just upset me so much."

04-26-10: Commentary : Yann Martel Metafictions 'Beatrice and Virgil' : Talking Animals and Quiet Humans

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Yann Martel : "So I choose to believe that this whole existence makes sense."

04/19/10 — 04/23/10

04-22-10: Commentary : Juliet B. Schor Finds 'Plenitude' : Shattered Capitalism and Creative Recovery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank Joins The Regulators : Not Quite Richard Bachman

04-21-10: Commentary : Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders Haul Out 'Swords & Dark Magic' : Sword and Sorcery Gets a Makeover

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Gail Carriger Reads at SF in SF on Saturday, April 17, 2010 : 'Soulless' to 'Changeless'

04-20-10: Commentary : Mollie Katzen Wants You To 'Get Cooking' : No More Excuses!

NEW! Cooking Blog : Cooking Mushroom-Zucchini Ragout Over Creamy Polenta From 'Get Cooking' : Monday Night Dinner for Two

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Blake Charlton Reads at SF in SF on Saturday, April 17, 2010 : Spellwright

04-19-10: Commentary : Ian McEwan Goes 'Solar' : Studying the Character of Science

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Ian McEwan : "This has been the most intensely-plotted novel I've ever written."

04/12/10 — 04/16/10

04-14-10: Commentary : Ian Tregillis Sews 'Bitter Seeds' : Magic, Science and History

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Behind the Reelwork Film Festival : Labor, Film and Mayday

04-13-10: Commentary : John Buntin Paints an 'LA Noir' : Khrushchev in Disneyland

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : 'Matterhorn' by Karl Marlantes, 'Lost' by Alice Lichtenstein, 'The Good Son' by Michael Gruber

04-12-10: Commentary : Jorge Luis Borges Illumines 'Poems of the Night' : "I can be anything. Leave me in the dark."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jill Levine : Overseeing Borges


04/05/10 — 04/09/10

04-08-10: Commentary : Hugh Raffles Nets 'Insectopedia' : Through Compound Eyes

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Hugh Raffles : "Insects become a way of making sense of the world."

04-07-10: Commentary : Jorge Luis Borges 'The Sonnets' : Proteus and Poetry

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Stephen Kessler and 'The Sonnets' by Jorge Luis Borges : "All things Borgesian"

04-06-10: Commentary : The Hugo Award Reading List : Popular Choices and Limited Voices

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The VanderMeers on The New Weird : A Brief History of Literary Movements

04-05-10: Commentary : Zachary Mason Unearths 'The Lost Books of the Odyssey' : Remixing Homer

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Jonathan Lethem : "The future doesn't arrive and replace the past, it just piles up alongside it."

03/29/10 — 04/02/10

04-02-10: Commentary : John Banville As Benjamin Black : 'Elegy for April'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Income Tax Help with Cynthia Leachmoore : "Anything that you can do to make it easier."

04-01-10: Commentary : Tom Rachman Reports on 'The Imperfectionists' : Today's News is Tomorrow's Sorrow

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly: Thomas Frank Joins the Snake Flag Set

03-31-10: Commentary : The Great Christian Corruptor of Youth : : Thomas Bulfinch, Sex, Monsters and Myths

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Panel Discussion SF in SF March 13, 2010: Terry Bisson, Malinda Lo, and Chaz Brenchley

03-30-10: Commentary : Paolo Bacigalupi Winds Back the Reading Clock : 'Ship Breaker'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jo Nesbø, Part 2 + Complete: "...she could wake up the Bat Man who lives inside that tree..."

03-29-10: Commentary : S. T. Joshi Flies on 'Black Wings' : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Black Wings' by S. T. Joshi

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jo Nesbø, Part 1: "I liked the look of the book, it had a pig's head on the cover."

03/22/10 — 03/26/10

03-26-10: Commentary : Jack Bowen Peels Off 'If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers' : A Brief History of Thought

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jack Bowen: "I really wanted to get to the heart of America..."

03-25-10: Commentary : Michael Pollan Lays Down the Law : 'Food Rules' — The Pocket Palate

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Terry Bisson Interviewed at SF in SF on March 13, 2010 : "I'm an open source guy, if they want to do it, it's all right with me ..."

03-24-10: Commentary : Dexter Palmer Recalls 'The Dream of Perpetual Motion' : Steampunk Tropes, Literary Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Chaz Brenchley Interviewed at SF in SF on March 13, 2010 : A Not-So-Quick-Guide to Writing in China

03-23-10: Commentary : Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Cook Up 'The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals' : Set Your Inner Evil Monkey Free

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Malinda Lo Interviewed at SF in SF on March 13, 2010 : "My version of Cinderella does not have a fairy godmother..."

03-22-10: Commentary : Steven Erikson Breathes 'Dust of Dreams' : Penultimate Malazan?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Stephen S. Hall : "..receptivity to new or contradictory knowledge is really important..."

03/15/10 — 03/19/10

03-19-10: Commentary : Adam Nevill Inherits 'Apartment 16' : Home is Where the Hell Is

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders, Pyr at 5, Round 2 : Ringing in the Changes

03-18-10: Commentary : Stephen Kessler Follows 'The Mental Traveler' : Bad Trips and Good Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Alta Ifland and Stephen Kessler : "I had to do it; it was a way of both coming to terms with the experience, of documenting the experience, of commemorating it..."

03-17-10: Commentary : Ted Chiang Charts 'The Lifecycle of Software Objects' : Joshua Blue, Digital Chimps and Lives in Flux

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, Saturday, March 13, 2010 : Chaz Brenchley Reads at SF in SF : Reading from Jade Man's Skin

03-16-10: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Seven Deadly Pleasures' by Michael Aronovitz: Dark Mainstream

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, Saturday, March 13, 2010 : Malinda Lo Reads at SF in SF : Reading from Ash

03-15-10: Commentary : Elif Shafak Reveals 'The Forty Rules of Love' : Intimacy and Centuries

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Elif Shafak : "I know that culture that exists in my country, that is carried on by women, generations of women."

03/08/10 — 03/12/10

03-12-10: Commentary : Karl Marlantes Scales the 'Matterhorn' : World-Building in the Past

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Conversation with Thomas Frank: Playing Monopoly & Revising History

03-11-10: Commentary : Otto Penzler Scans 'The Lineup' : Behind Imaginary Badges

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders, Pyr at Five, and DragonCon : Vampire Fang Installation Nightmares

03-10-10: Commentary : Thomas Ligotti Reveals 'The Conspiracy Against the Human Race' : MALIGNANTLY USELESS, From Arthur Schopenhauer to Peter Zappfe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan : OmniDawn Rises

03-09-10: Commentary : Paul McHugh Meets 'Deadlines' : Murdering the California Coast

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Paul McHugh : "..the strengths of good writing go all the way, across all the genres..."

03-08-10: Commentary : Joe Hill Grows 'Horns' : Devil and Detail

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Joe Hill : "Eventually, the wicked and the unworthy will get their just desserts on the business end of the Devil's pitchfork."

03/01/10 — 03/05/10

03-05-10: Commentary : Henry Porter Calls 'The Bell Ringers' : : It Takes The Village

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Four Books With Alan Cheuse : Thrillers! : Henry Porter, The Bell Ringers; Keith Thomson, Once a Spy; Jo Nesbo, The Devil's Star; Hennig Mankel, The Man From Beijing

03-04-10: Commentary : Jo NesbØ Earns 'The Devil's Star' : Rewind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Victoria Blake : The View from the Underland

03-03-10: Commentary : Underland Press and Joe R. Lansdale Present 'The Complete Drive In' : Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Joe R. Lansdale : Riding the Drive In Omnibus

03-02-10: Commentary : Stephen S. Hall Exhibits 'Wisdom' : From Philosophy to Neuroscience

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Laurie R. King, Jedediah Berry and Terry Bisson at SF in SF : Beyond BoucherCon

03-01-10: Commentary : Adam Haslett Invests With 'Union Atlantic' : Abstract Power Abstracts Absolutely

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Adam Haslett : "With her, and with each character, how does the rhythm create a kind of musical argument?"

02/22/10 — 02/26/10

02-26-10: Commentary : Dan Simmons Heads for the 'Black Hills' : Unstuck in Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Dan Simmons : "I just loved being in Wilkie's drug-soaked, lying conniving mind."

02-25-10: Commentary : Henning Mankel Introduces 'The Man from Beijing' : Standalone Frozen

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Keith Thomson : "They hate the word 'drone,' but they're losing that battle."

02-24-10: Commentary : Chaz Brenchley Stars as Daniel Fox in 'Dragon in Chains' and 'Jade Man's Skin' : Fantasy and Feudal China

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Laurie R. King Interviewed at SF in SF, February 13, 2010 : "Is this one fiction? Is that one fiction?"

02-23-10: Commentary : Adam Haslett Knows 'You Are No Stranger Here' : Stories from Strangers' Shoes

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jedediah Berry Interviewed at SF in SF, February 13, 2010 : "...being at Small Beer has actually introduced whole worlds to me ..."

02-22-10: Commentary : Graeme Gibson's 'The Bedside Book of Birds' and 'The Bedside Book of Beasts' : A Feast for Your Mind, Your Eyes and Your Mind's Eye

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Graeme Gibson : "Our common humanity, our common culture, will help make the connections."

02/15/10 — 02/19/10

02-19-10: Commentary : Ralph Waldo Ellison 'Three Days Before the Shooting ...' : One Book, Many Stories

Agony Column Podcast News Report : John Callahan and Adam Bradley and 'Three Days before the Shooting' : "I've moved through the phases of my own life, and I find those phases mirrored in the characters of this novel." — John Callahan "...capable of brilliance, eloquence and power; that's how I understand the second novel, as we see it in Three Days Before the Shooting, and that's certainly how I understand, and I think how Ellison understood, America." — Adam Bradley

02-18-10: Commentary : George Mann Scares Up 'The Ghosts of Manhattan' : Hard Core Pulp Action

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly With Thomas Frank : From Tea to Shining Tea : "When I think about what I'm saying, it's so depressing..."

02-17-10: Commentary : Thomas More, Clarence Miller and 'Utopia' : Politics, Satire, Fantasy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Laurie R. King Reads at SF in SF on February 13, 2010 : "...as real as Sherlock Holmes..."

02-16-10: Commentary : Patrick Lee Steps Through 'The Breach' : American Cheese Done Right

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jedediah Berry Reads at SF in SF on February 13, 2010 : The Manual of Detection

02-15-10: Commentary : 'Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded' by John Scalzi : A Decade of Whatever

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni : "I have to work through the novel and then it comes to me, how it's going to end."

02/08/10 — 02/12/10

02-12-10: Commentary : Stephanie Merritt Becomes S. J. Parris : 'Heresy'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Tom Ammiano : : "It just looks like there's a perfect storm of political will..."

02-11-10: Commentary : Max Watman 'Chasing the White Dog' : Home-Made Hooch and Rebellion

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Sam Farr : : "The money came from Washington, but the uses for that money came from the local community."

02-10-10: Commentary : Anne Lamott Spots 'Imperfect Birds' : The Ties That Unbind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Speaking Frankly: Thomas Frank on Re-Populism and Re-Launching The Baffler : "I have never seen 'populist backlash in a headline before."

02-09-10: Commentary : Douglas Clegg Returns to 'Neverland' : Is 1980's Horror Returning from the Grave?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with David Drake, Part 2 / Complete : "I didn't have governor ... that is ... anything, endgame, was me killing somebody."

02-08-10: Commentary : David Louis Edelman Completes Jump 225 : 'Geosynchron'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with David Drake, Part 1 : "I'm still screwed up, but not nearly as badly as I was."

02/01/10 — 02/05/10

02-05-10: Commentary : DC Pierson is 'The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To' : The Insomnia Vibe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse: Too Much Money, Dominick Dunne; The Privileges, Jonathan Dee; Adam Haslett, Union Atlantic; The Forty Rules of Love, Elif Shafak; Wild Child, T. C. Boyle

02-04-10: Commentary : David Grann and 'The Devil and Sherlock Holmes' : An Obsession with Obsession

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Josh Sundquist : "It was a really amazing testament to the power of small-town America and to the power of organized religion at its best."

02-03-10: Commentary : James Rollins Unleashes 'The Altar of Eden' : Monsters at the Zoo

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Remembering Kage Baker : The View from Spyglass Park

02-02-10: Commentary : Michael Shea Hires 'The Extra' : The Last Job You Ever Have

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, January 16, 2010 : A Panel Discussion with Terry Bisson, Jeff Carlson and Nancy Etchemendy

02-01-10: Commentary : 'He Walked Among Us' : Cassandra, John Titor and Norman Spinrad

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Charlie Huston : "The prospect of things becoming deeply unhinged seemed very, very immediate"

01/25/10 — 01/29/10

01-29-10: Commentary : Henghis Hapthorn Meets 'Hespira' : Matthew Hughes Devolves the Universe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jeff Brown : "I reached the point where I was just kind of done with me."

01-28-10: Commentary : A Review of 'Sleepless' by Charlie Huston : A Father Fears the Future

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Alan Beatts of Borderlands Books : Opening the Borderlands Café and the iPad

01-27-10: Commentary : Glen Cook Walks the 'Shadowline' : Every Old (Science Fiction) Thing is New (Space Opera) Again

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview with Jeff Carlson at SF in SF on January 16, 2010 : "The bad guys never consider themselves the bad guys..."

01-26-10: Commentary : Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni Finds 'One Amazing Thing' : Trapping the Storytellers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview with Nancy Etchemendy at SF in SF on January 16, 2010 : "We told a lot of stories in the family."

01-25-10: Commentary : Elizabeth Bear and 'Bone and Jewel Creatures' : From Obscurity to Ubiquity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview with Jasper Fforde : "Proper novelling for a change.."


01/18/10 — 01/22/10

01-22-10: Commentary : 'Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter' by "A. E. Moorat" : Trash-Litifying National Treasures

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank : Bringing Back Glass-Steagall and the Price of Gold

01-21-10: Commentary : Keith Thomson is 'Once A Spy' : Father Knows Best

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, January 16, 2010 : Nancy Etchemendy Reads from "Honey in the Wound"

01-20-10: Commentary : Reading the Newspaper : Why the San Francisco Chronicle Gets My Money

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, January 16, 2010 : Jeff Carlson Reads from 'Plague Year'

01-19-10: Commentary : Gene Wolfe Moves into 'The Sorcerer's House' : Magical Surrealism

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Don Delillo: 'Point Omega,' Robert Stone: 'Fun With Problems,' Douglas Preston: 'Impact'

01-18-10: Commentary : George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Bring On 'Warriors' : An Anthology Waiting to Happen

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Graham Joyce : "There is a battle between gravity and levity."


01/11/10 — 01/15/10

01-15-10: Commentary : Kentaro Kobayashi Unleashes 'Appetizer Rex' : Food + Beer

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Poetry Santa Cruz — James Scully Reads Capitola Book Café : Line Break

01-14-10: Commentary : Terry Dowling Sings of 'Amberjack' : Song Cycle and Short Stories

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Poetry Santa Cruz — Adrienne Rich Reads Capitola Book Café : Battery-Powered Adventures in PA

01-13-10: Commentary : The Fortean Times : As Weird As Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeremy Lassen Looks to the Future : Are We There Yet?

01-12-10: Commentary : Gary Paulsen Follows the 'Woods Runner' : Persistence of Vision

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2010 Interview With Gary Paulsen : Man in the Wilderness

01-11-10: Commentary : Michael Aronovitz Experiences 'Seven Deadly Pleasures' : Leaving Sin Behind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with S. T. Joshi : "We were essentially academic outsiders"

01/04/10 — 01/08/10

01-08-10: Commentary : Catherynne M. Valente is 'Under in the Mere' : Prose, Poetry and Transcendence

Agony Column Podcast News Report : NPR Morning Edition Report: Authors Find Fertile Mix Of Science And Religion

01-07-10: Commentary : Howard Blum is Struck by 'American Lightning': Detectives, Defenders and Directors

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank and the Populists of the GOP : "The Demented Logic of American Politics"

01-06-10: Commentary : John Burdett Meets 'The Godfather of Kathmandu'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders Looks Ahead : The Very Near Future of Science Fiction

01-05-10: Commentary : David Denby Comes Out Swinging Against 'Snark'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Michael Anissimov

01-04-10: Commentary : A Review of 'Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron' by Jasper Fforde : Pass the Red, Please

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Brian Evenson

12/28/09 — 12/30/09

12-30-09: Commentary : Belinda Bauer Unearths 'Blacklands' : Apt Pupils

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Wrapping up 2009 With Jeremy Lassen : In Time's Ten Best

12-29-09: Commentary : Alta Ifland's 'Elegy for a Fabulous World' : Melting the 'Voice of Ice'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Chat Before Christmas With Thomas Frank, December 24, 2009

12-28-09: Commentary : A Review of Indigo Springs by Alyx Dellamonica : Start With the Magic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jeffrey Ford at the World Fantasy Convention

12/21/09 — 12/23/09

12-23-09: Commentary : World Fantasy Convention Interview with Ann VanderMeer

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The Reality Behind Fantasy : NPR Report on Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

12-22-09: Commentary : Jasper Fforde Sees in 'Shades of Grey' : Black and White in Colour

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Alyx Dellamonica : "Magic calls to magic"

12-21-09: Commentary : Ghosts of the Cities : Nightlife of the Living and Dead

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 World Fantasy Convention Interview with Garth Nix : "I learned to write, as many authors do, by reading."

12/14/09 — 12/17/09

12-17-09: Commentary : World Fantasy Convention Interview with Jeff VanderMeer

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Ann and Jeff VanderMeer at the World Fantasy Convention

12-16-09: Commentary : Philip K. Dick is Ubiquitous : Why 'Ubik' is the One

Agony Column Podcast News Report : World Fantasy Convention: Canonizing the Fantastic

12-15-09: Commentary : Jim Nisbet Takes You on a 'Windward Passage' : Catching Up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank on Republican Purity Tests : Return or Re-Run of the Montagnards

12-14-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Under the Dome' by Stephen King : Under the Tome

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Connie Willis Interviewed at the 2009 World Fantasy Convention

12/07/09 — 12/11/09

12-11-09: Commentary : Arturo Pérez-Reverte Revisits 'The Club Dumas' : The Subterranean Substance

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Conversation with Lou Anders : New Fantasy Triangle, Steampunk and Illuxcon II

12-10-09: Commentary : Andrew Porter Explains 'The Theory of Light and Matter' : Pilfered and Prize-Winning

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mark Richardson's 'Zen and Now' : The Making of a First Book

12-09-09: Commentary : Return to Nowhere in 'Interfictions 2' : Falling Between the Cracks Into Eternity

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Michael Crichton Retrospective

12-08-09: Commentary : William Horwood Reveals 'Hyddenworld' : Fantasy and the War to Write It

Agony Column Podcast News Report : World Fantasy Convention Panel Podcast : Non-Conciliatory Fantasy

12-07-09: Commentary : Breaking the Bread Baking Barrier : Five, Well Maybe Fifteen Minutes Per Day

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jeff Herzberg and Zoe Francois : The Kitchen Sink

11/30/09 — 12/03/09

12-03-09: Commentary : World Fantasy Convention Interview with Zoran Zivkovic : "Reading. A Lot of reading."

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Discussion with S. G. Browne, Jeff VanderMeer and Terry Bisson, November 14, 2009

12-02-09: Commentary : High Times for High Fantasy : Kage Baker and Alex Bledsoe Hold High the Swords

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Tears of a Clown : Thomas Frank Unbuilds Glen Beck

12-01-09: Commentary : 'The Talisman' Adapted : Seeing the Eyes We Have Only Seen Through

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeff VanderMeer Reads at SF in SF : The Professional Cockroach and other Tales of Terror

11-30-09: Commentary : Jorge Luis Borges 'A Universal History of Infamy' : Back to Basics

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

11/23/09 — 11/24/09

11-24-09: Commentary : Joe Kelly and Deigo Greco Unleash 'Bad Dog' : Comic Books, 1-2-3

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Scott "SG" Browne Interviewed at SF in SF : "It gives me the opportunity to meet some of my influences"

11-23-09: Commentary : One Step Closer to 'A Dark Matter' : Peter Straub's Publisher Re-Mix

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Peter Straub : "Irrationality has a great role in American life"

11/16/09 — 11/20/09

11-20-09: Commentary : Just the Reportage in Fortean Times : All the Weird History Sans the Potboiler Plots

Agony Column Podcast News Report : World Fantasy Convention Panel Podcast : Invention Versus Tradition

11-19-09: Commentary : Re-Issues and Reasons to Re-Read : Thomas Ligotti's 'Songs of a Dead Dreamer'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Scott Browne Reads at SF in SF : "If you've never..."

11-18-09: Commentary : Patricia T. O'Conner Knows That 'Woe Is I' : 'The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : "Noird" : A 2009 Report on Crime Fiction in Imaginary Cities

11-17-09: Commentary : A. M. Dellamonica Leaves 'Indigo Springs' : Magic Matters

Agony Column Podcast News Report : World Fantasy Convention Podcast : Poetry of the Fantastic

11-16-09: Commentary : Brian Lumley Infects 'The Plague Bearer' : Begin the Between

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Kamala Harris : Smart on Crime

11/09/09 — 11/13/09

11-13-09: Commentary : The World Goes Weird with Daryl Gregory and Alan Deniro : From 'The Devil's Alphabet' to 'Total Oblivion more or less'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Donald Sidney-Fryer Reads at World Fantasy Convention, 2009 : Clark Ashton Smith and the California Romantics

11-12-09: Commentary : Books Worth Re-Reading, Ramsey Campbell Edition : 'Cold Print' by Scream/Press

Agony Column Podcast News Report : FBI Agent George Fong at Book Passage Mystery Conference

11-11-09: Commentary : World Fantasy Convention Interview with Michael Swanwick

Agony Column Podcast News Report : World Fantasy Convention The Google Books Settlement [Death] Panel : "I can't claim it—even though I wrote it."

11-10-09: Commentary : Beyond 'The Box' With Richard Matheson : Ticking Time Bombs of Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse

11-09-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Homer & Langley' by E. L. Doctorow : The Eloquent Vision of the Blind

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with E. L. Doctorow : "They opted out — which is not that unusual an American phenomenon"

11/02/09 — 11/06/09

11-06-09: Commentary : Helen Merrick Reveals 'The Secret Feminist Cabal' : 'A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : 2009 World Fantasy Convention Panel Podcast : "We Now Bring You This Discussion, Already in Progress"

11-05-09: Commentary : Dean Koontz is 'Breathless' : At This 'Relentless' Pace, Who Can Blame Him?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Kim Stanley Robinson Interviewed at SF in SF on October 17, 2009

11-04-09: Commentary : Charlie Huston is 'Sleepless' : Dreamers, Dealers and Pharma

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Eric Simons Interviewed at SF in SF : "It is chaotic and wild and crazy."

11-03-09: Commentary : A Quick Look at the 2009 World Fantasy Convention : Slick, Smart and Entertaining

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Discussion Featuring Eric Simons, Kim Stanley Robinson and Terry Bisson on October 17, 2009

11-02-09: Commentary : Graham Joyce Knows 'How to Make Friends With Demons' : Personal and Infernal

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With David Lubar : "I started out knowing one thing: my main character was somehow going to become a zombie."

10/26/09 — 10/30/09

10-30-09: Commentary : Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett Bolt Together 'Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel' : Photoshopping History, plus World Fantasy Convention Note

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Kim Stanley Robinson Reads at SF in SF on October 17, 2009 : "The Lucky Strike"

10-29-09: Commentary : Books worth Re-Reading, Stanislaw Lem Edition, Volume 1: 'A Perfect Vacuum'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Eric Simons Follows in Darwin's Footsteps at SF in SF November 17, 2009 : "She tried to talk me into a nice plane ride.."

10-28-09: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer (2) Goes Underland for 'Finch' : Another Dream of Ambergris

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeremy Lassen Covers 'Eclipse 3' and the WFC : No, Not Who F-ing Cares

10-27-09: Commentary : Jeff VanderMeer on the 'Booklife' : Surviving a Desire to Write

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank's Labor and Paranoia : "This is something that drives a certain segment of our society absolutely crazy..."

10-26-09: Commentary : Cory Doctorow and 'Makers' : Cover Meme of the Week

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with E Van Lowe : "When you're writing for screen or TV, you're really only writing the cinematic."

10/19/09 — 10/23/09

10-23-09: Commentary : Jonathan Lethem Experiences 'Chronic City' : Synchronicity Without Sin

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview with Claire Light at SF in SF / Litquake on October 10, 2009 : "The way that writers of color use science fiction is very different..."

10-22-09: Commentary : Kamala D. Harris Hopes We're 'Smart on Crime' : Rocking the Crime Pyramid

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Marta Acosta Interviewed at SF in SF / Litquake on October 10, 2009 : "I think you can connect more with people when you make them laugh..."

10-21-09: Commentary : Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. 'Blood Will Have Its Season' : Short Bursts of Fury

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jewell Gomez at SF in SF / Litquake on October 10, 2009 : "So first, I decided, OK, I'll get rid of the Christian mythology ...."

10-20-09: Commentary : Kumiko Ibaraki 'The Worry Free Bakery' : Low Fat Cooking That Is Not a Waste of Time and Ingredients

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Saturday, October 10, 2009 SF in SF / Litquake Panel : Jewell Gomez, Marta Acosta, and Claire Light Moderated by Terry Bisson

10-19-09: Commentary : Mark Lamster Unveils 'Master of Shadows' : The Secret Diplomatic Career of Peter Paul Rubens

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Max Brooks: "Every day is a fight, you've got to get up and you've got to feel optimistic."

10/05/09 — 10/09/09

10-16-09: Commentary : Michael Keller and Nicole Rager Fuller Change the Book the Changed the World : Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' — A Graphic Adaptation

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Marta Acosta Reads at SF in SF vs Litquake : 'Shadow Girl of Birchgrove'

10-15-09: Commentary : Dean Francis Alfar and Joseph F. Nacino Chart The Farthest Shore : Second World Fantasy from the Philippines

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jewell Gomez Reads at SF in SF vs Litquake : Octavia Butler and 'The Gina Stories'

10-14-09: Commentary : Kit Whitfield and The Fortean Times Ride the Next Wave of Genre Fiction : Mermaids 'In Great Waters'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Claire Light Reads at SF in SF vs Litquake : Carl Brandon and "Pigs in Space"

10-13-09: Commentary : Kurt Vonnegut Says 'Look at the Birdie' : Unpublished Stories, Unstuck in Time

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse

10-12-09: Commentary : Taylor Branch Unspools 'The Clinton Tapes' : 'Wrestling History With the President'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Margaret Atwood : Space Squids and Talking Cabbages

10/05/09 — 10/09/09

10-09-09: Commentary : Kentaro Kobayashi Builds a 'Veggie Haven' : Recipes Even a Carnivore Can Enjoy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Thomas Frank Unleashes The Predator State : Consuming the Consumer

10-08-09: Commentary : Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam : Paperback Packaging

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Laurie R. King at the Book Passage Mystery Conference : Twelve Rules for Frivolous Fiction

10-07-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Case for God' by Karen Armstrong : Going Against the Grain

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Debbie Sharp on Robinson Jeffers and the Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival : The Edge of the Literary World

10-06-09: Commentary : Cherie Priest Unleashes 'Boneshaker' : The Zombie Steampunk Continuum

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Susan Henderson at Squaw Valley : "The stories were after me ...."

10-05-09: Commentary : Peter Richardson Finds 'A Bomb in Every Issue' : 'How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Peter Richardson : "They knew to be successful, they had to make waves."

09/28/09 — 10/02/09

10-02-09: Commentary : Two True : 'Tokyo Vice' by Jake Adelstein and 'The Snakehead' by Patrick Radden Keefe

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Wrapping Up the World with Thomas Frank

10-01-09: Commentary : Pyr Books Takes 'Desolation Road' : Ian McDonald's First Novel Re-Issued

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Richard E. Cytowic, M.D. : 'Wednesday is Indigo Blue'

09-30-09: Commentary : Eoin Colfer Coughs Up Eric-the-Half-A-Book : 'And Another Thing...'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Nick Douglas : "Some of the people in this book are cashiers, college students, homemakers, and they can all be as funny for one sentence as Shakespeare or Dorothy Parker."

09-29-09: Commentary : Nick Gevers Edits 'The Book of Dreams' : Silverberg, Shepard, Lake, Baker and Ford

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jacqueline Winspear: "It's heartbreaking; you see photographs of this young lad, he's 13 and he's going off to war..."

09-28-09: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'The Witnesses Are Gone' by Joel Lane : Film and Nothing

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Karen Armstrong : "At the center of religious life, for all these faiths, was compassion."

09/21/09 — 09/25/09

09-25-09: Commentary : Max Brooks 'Recorded Attacks' : From Postscripts to Poster-Ready

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Kirsten Imani Kasai: Ice Singer

09-24-09: Commentary : Erin Lee Gafill, 'Drinking from a Cold Spring' : Family, Life, Art

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Erin Lee Gafill : "The writing is really a daily approach."

09-23-09: Commentary : Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Adams' Ribs : Yet Another Re-Issue, Perhaps Harmless

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Kurland and Nalo Hopkinson "moderated" by Terry Bisson : SF in SF, Saturday, September 12, 2009 : "It's something I try to teach my students, they've all got something they're obsessed with..."

09-22-09: Commentary : Jeffrey Toobin, Otto Penzler & Thomas H. Cook : 'The Best American Crime Reporting 2009'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nalo Hopkinson Interviewed at SF in SF on Saturday, September 12, 2009: "No matter what you believe, this is miraculous; and we forget."

09-21-09: Commentary : Nick Douglas Dredges for 'Twitter Wit' : <=140

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with S. G. Browne : "Lucio Fulci's Zombi back in 1978, that was actually a double feature with Scanners..."

09/14/09 — 09/18/09

09-18-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Beat the Reaper' by Josh Bazell : Read the Book

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Kurland Interviewed at SF in SF on September 12, 2009

09-17-09: Commentary : Neil Gaiman Exports 'Odd and the Frost Giants' : Playing Catch-Up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jeffrey Gonzalez of the Sanger Paranormal Society : Bigfoot, Triangles and Abductions in Central California

09-16-09: Commentary : Kirsten Imani Kasai Sings an 'Ice Song' : One Step to the Left

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nalo Hopkinson Reads at SF in SF on September 12, 2009 : Scary Monsters and Super-Creeps

09-15-09: Commentary : Sarah Langan Opens 'Audrey's Door' : The House of Tindalos

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Kurland Reads at SF in SF on September 12, 2009 : Moriarty Returns, After An Introduction

09-14-09: Commentary : Monday Miscellany : The Reading Life

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Kage Baker — The View From Spyglass Park

09/07/09 — 09/11/09

09-11-09: Commentary : Paul McAuley Fights 'The Quiet War' : Return or Rebirth?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Interview With Tim Maleeny : "I was always reading."

09-10-09: Commentary : Karen Armstrong Makes 'The Case for God' : In What Do We Trust

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Featuring Elizabeth Lynn, Marta Randall and Terry Bisson

09-09-09: Commentary : Josh Bazell Manages to 'Beat the Reaper' : Better Late Than Never

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Elizabeth Lynn Interviewed at SF in SF on August 22, 2009

09-08-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Breathers' by S. G. Browne : Breaking Through the Lifeist Barrier

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Marta Randall Interviewed at SF in SF on August 22, 2009

09-07-09: Commentary : Fran Gage Welcomes 'The New American Olive Oil' : What You Need to Know, Plus Recipes

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Fran Gage

08/31/09 — 09/04/09

09-04-09: Commentary : 'There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor's Baby' : From Russia, With Fear by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Agony Column Podcast News Report : F&SF 60 Years: The Interview Marathon, Part Three: Gordon Van Gelder, Ellen Klages, Gene Wolfe, Charles de Lint

09-03-09: Commentary : Pyr Imports 'Dawnthief' : Domestic Editions of Chronicles of the Raven

Agony Column Podcast News Report : F&SF 60 Years: The Interview Marathon, Part Two : Jeffrey Ford, John Kessel and Delia Sherman

09-02-09: Commentary : Gary Gibson's 'Nova War' : Trader in What?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : F&SF 60 Years: The Interview Marathon, Part One : Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Swanwick, and M. Rickert

09-01-09: Commentary : Boom Times for Serious Fantasy : David Anthony Durham and Kate Elliott

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Conversation with Congressman Sam Farr, (D-Carmel, CA) : The Health Care Customer's Bill of Rights — "I'm for the single payer."

08-31-09: Commentary : Joey Comeau is 'Overqualified' : Dear Sir, With Bile

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Lev Grossman

08/24/09 — 08/28/09

08-28-09: Commentary : 'Sum' News : Recovering Your Afterlives

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Fall Preview

08-27-09: Commentary : Mark Bittner Knows 'How to Cook Everything' : Joy, Cooking and Books

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Marta Randall Reads at SF in SF on August 22, 2009 : 'The Dark Boy'

08-26-09: Commentary : Stephen Elliott Opens 'The Adderall Diaries' : Hosing Down the Driveway

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Elizabeth Lynn Reads at SF in SF on August 22, 2009 : 'Dragon's Treasure'

08-25-09: Commentary : Dan Chaon Will 'Await Your Reply' : Who Are You?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Gill Dennis at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Conference: "There are too many ifs in that sentence."

08-24-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Magicians' by Lev Grossman : Word Magic

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with David Corbett : "Crime is all about the individual putting himself above society."

08/18/09 — 08/21/09

08-21-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon : Days of Future Passed

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeremy Lassen Visits Worldcon : Nights and Days of Night Shade

08-20-09: Commentary : Neal Asher Sets Sail with 'Orbus' : Old Captains Die Hard — and Often

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders, Conventions, and the Lost World : "..they come, and they stay in the bar and nobody knows who they are..."

08-19-09: Commentary : Simon R. Green Hunts 'The Spy Who Haunted Me' : A Tangled Web We Weave

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Live Interview With Alan Cheuse : "This reinforced their vision of the world as filled with many spirits"

08-18-09: Commentary : Paolo Bacigalupi Clocks 'The Windup Girl' : The Future is an Ecosystem

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Interview With Max Byrd : "...coming to Paris from provincial, colonial Virginia absolutely changed Jefferson..."

08/11/09 — 08/14/09

08-14-09: Commentary :'American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps' : Young Nations Scare Easily

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel from July 25, 2009 — Kage Baker and Madeleine Robins

08-13-09: Commentary : Adam Rapp and George O'Connor Break Out the 'Ball Peen Hammer' : Beauty and the Bleak

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, July 25, 2009 — A Conversation with Kage Baker : Novella, Novel and Steampunk

08-12-09: Commentary : Bill Wasik 'And Then There's This' : 'How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, July 25, 2009 — A Conversation with Madeleine Robins : History in the Un-Making

08-11-09: Commentary : Lucius Shepard Weighs 'The Taborin Scale' : Return to the Dragon Griaule

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Ray Garton : "I write horror because I was a Seventh Day Adventist, because in the Seventh Day Adventist cult, you're taught to fear"

08/03/09 — 08/07/09

08-07-09: Commentary : A Trifecta of Urban Fantasy : Robson, Day and Lamplighter

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Squaw Valley Community of Writers Conference Panel : Narrative Voice

08-06-09: Commentary : Some Final Thoughts On the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Conference : Places to Stay, Things to Do

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview With Lisa Alvarez : "I began to see art as a kind of activism"

08-05-09: Commentary : Squaw Valley Community of Writer's Conference, Day 2 : Community and Craft

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Squaw Valley Community of Writer's Conference : A Tribute to James D. Houston, 1933-2009

08-04-09: Commentary : Squaw Valley Community of Writer's Conference : Panels, Readings, Tributes

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Squaw Valley Community of Writer's Conference 40th Anniversary Celebration

08-03-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Eye of the Whale' by Douglas Carlton Abrams

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview With Douglas Carlton Abrams : Look Deep into the 'Eye of the Whale'

07/27/09 — 07/31/09

07-31-09: Commentary : Get On Board the 'Kitchen Express' with Mark Bittman : Brilliant, Brief and Easy Recipes for All Seasons

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse : Joyce Carol Oates, Little Bird of Heaven : Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice : David Eagleman, Sum : Special Guest Star: Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

07-30-09: Commentary : 'Never Slow Dance With A Zombie' and 'My Rotten Life' : Quick, Somebody Write a Thick-As-A-Brick Teen-Zombies-in-Love Series!

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Tony Broadbent — Book Passage Mystery Conference : "You cannot deny history — it's just that in the West, history ended last week"

07-29-09: Commentary : Go 'Starcombing' With David Langford : New Hope for the Dead

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Madeleine Robins Reads Sarah Tolerance : Hard-Boiled Alternate Regency Mystery

07-28-09: Commentary : Kenneth W. Faig, Jr. Unveils 'The Unknown Lovecraft' : Essays as Biography

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Kage Baker Reads from 'The Hotel in the Sand' : A Bedtime Story That Keeps You Awake

07-27-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Bonk : The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex' by Mary Roach: Sexstalt

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Mary Roach : "...Masters and Johnson did a quite amazing experiment trying to find out whether upsuck was legitimate; they were upsuck skeptics..."

07/20/09 — 07/24/09

07-24-09: Commentary : Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition' : One Giant Leap for Book Readers

Agony Column Podcast New Report : ThreeTwo Books with Alan Cheuse : Daniel Silva, 'The Defector', Colum McCann, 'Let The Great World Spin'

07-22-09: Commentary : Ray Garton is 'Bestial' : At His Leisure

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Literary Agent Kimberly Cameron

07-21-09: Commentary : Take 'Flight 6' : Visionary Graphic Fiction

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Book Passage Mystery Conference : Overview Interview with Karen West and Elaine Petrocelli

07-20-09: Commentary : A Review of 'Where the Dead Lay' by David Levien : Rough, polished and powerful

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Simon Rich : "A lot of my favorite comedy writers actually write horror"

07/13/09 — 07/17/09

07-17-09: Commentary : Alan Cheuse and Nicholas Delbanco : Literature: Craft and Voice: Drama

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Alan Cheuse on Writing the Textbook: Drama

07-16-09: Commentary : Scott Rosenberg Says 'Say Everything' and Chris Anderson is 'Free' : Two From the Web

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Phone Interview with Warren Fahy : "Fun" and 'Fragment'

07-15-09: Commentary : Charles Stross Goes 'Wireless' : Message for Bunker Dwellers

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A Conversation with Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books : The Independent Press and E-Books; Jay Lake's Latest; Remembering Charles Brown

07-14-09: Commentary : Novella Carpenter Goes To 'Farm City' : 'The Education of An Urban Farmer'

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Novella Carpenter : "Part of farming is having the crop go to somebody else besides you"

07-13-09: Commentary : A Review of 'City of the Sun' by David Levien : The Power of Precision

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafón

07/06/09 — 07/10/09

07-10-09: Commentary : Alan Cheuse and Nicholas Delbanco Look at Poetry: Craft and Voice : Canon Fodder

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Alan Cheuse on Writing the Textbook : Poetry (Genre, Non-Fiction, Critical Studies, Poetry)

07-09-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power' by Jeff Sharlet : A Secular Pericalypse

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A Conversation with Jeff Sharlet : Secular Twilight

07-08-09: Commentary : Charles de Lint Finally Sees 'Eyes Like Leaves' : When Faerie Fights, Readers Win

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Lou Anders in Conversation on SF, Games, and the Fate of Storytelling

07-07-09: Commentary : Independent Presses : Small Books, Big Rewards

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Laurie R. King : Cities of Mystery

07-06-09: Commentary : A Review of 'When You Are Engulfed in Flames' by David Sedaris : A Story At the Heart of Life

Agony Column Podcast New Report : A 2009 Interview with David Sedaris : "Sometimes your life just feels like a story"

06/29/09 — 07/03/09

07-03-09: Commentary : Literature: Craft & Voice, Volume 1: Fiction : A New Way to Learn Literature

Agony Column Podcast New Report : One Book With Alan Cheuse : Writing the Textbook

07-02-09: Commentary : New and Notable from Night Shade : 'Bar None' by Tim Lebbon and 'The Mall of Cthulhu' by Seamus Cooper

Agony Column Podcast New Report : SF in SF Panel from June 20, 2009 — Pat Murphy, Lisa Goldstein, and Michaela Roessner Hosted by Rick Kleffel : Transformative Literature

07-01-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Angel's Game' by Carlos Ruiz Zafón : Write to Win

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Michaela Roessner Interviewed at SF in SF on June 20, 2009

06-30-09: Commentary : David Rabe Literary Double : 'The Black Monk' and 'melborP goD ehT'

Agony Column Podcast New Report : Pat Murphy Interviewed at SF in SF on June 20, 2009

06-29-09: Commentary : "C.C." Finlay Is No 'Traitor to the Crown' : A Supernatural Revolution

Agony Column Interview : A 2009 Interview with China Miéville : "I don’t think crime is a realist genre at all"

06/22/09 — 06/27/09

06-27-09: Commentary : I, Frankenstein : Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Charles Robinson and Peter Ackroyd

Agony Column Interview : A Podcast Frankenstein : Pat Murphy Reads "Clap If You Believe" in 2008 and 2009

06-26-09: Commentary : A Review of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's 'The Shadow of the Wind' : A Memory of Books

Agony Column Interview : Michaela Roessner Reads at SF in SF : Fish Story

06-25-09: Commentary : Joe R. Lansdale Takes a 'Vanilla Ride' : The Books (and Lingerie) We Can't Put Down

Agony Column Interview : Pat Murphy Reads at SF in SF : "Clap If You Believe"

06-23-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The City & The City' by China Miéville : City Limits

Agony Column Interview : Lisa Goldstein Reads at SF in SF : A Family

06-22-09: Commentary : Greer Gilman Stirs 'Cloud & Ashes' : Conjuring Myth With Words

Agony Column Interview : A 2009 Interview with Amy Stewart : "A very poisonous plant, and that is not to say that you should not grow it in your yard"

06/15/09 — 06/19/09

06-19-09: Commentary : 'Son of Retro Pulp Tales' edited by Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale : Ellison Not Only Lives, He Writes!

Agony Column Exclusive : (Around) Three Books With Alan Cheuse : 'Every Man Dies Alone' by Hans Fallada and 'The Sleepwalkers' by Hermann Broch

06-18-09: Commentary : Amy Stewart Discovers 'Wicked Plants': The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities' : Deadly Bouquet

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeff VanderMeer at Shared Worlds : Speculative Fiction Camp for Teens

06-17-09: Commentary : Charles De Lint and Charles Vess Venture Down 'Medicine Road' : Two of a Perfect Pair

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : March 1, 2009: Deborah Grabien, Michael Boatman and Janis Bell

06-16-09: Commentary : Mario Guslandi Reviews 'Madder Mysteries' By Reggie Oliver : Ex Occidente Press New Work from Romania

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jedediah Berry, Part 2

06-15-09: Commentary : A Review of Jedediah Berry's 'The Manual of Detection' : Dreams of the City

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jedediah Berry, Part 1: "It also has an interest that goes beyond solving mysteries"

06/08/09 — 06/13/09

06-13-09: Commentary : Sharpen Your Sensibilities with 'Single Scene Short Stories' : There and Not There

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Alan Cheuse and 'Single Scene Short Stories' : One Book, Many Lessons

06-12-09: Commentary : Helen Oyeyemi Knows 'White is for Witching' : Weirder and Weirder

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jeremy Lassen And Night Shade Books : Bringing Back Night Shade from the Undead

06-11-09: Commentary : Find Your Travel Muse with Museyon : The World is Your Movie

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Anne Ishii Speaks to Her Museyon : Curating the Travel Guide

06-10-09: Commentary : Kentaro Kobayashi Offers 'Noodle Comfort' : Most-Used New

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Show from February 22, 2009 : Michael Katakis and Xinran

06-08-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Strain' by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan : Welcome To Your Nightmares

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Guillermo Del Toro : "They are essentially vermin"

06/01/09 — 06/05/09

06-05-09: Commentary : Douglas Clegg Takes the Vanguard With Isis : Small Big Press, Big Small Book

Agony Column Podcast News Report : The BEA with Alan Cheuse : The Death of the Book and Other Bodily Parts

06-04-09: Commentary : China Miéville Resides in 'The City & The City' : A Hard-Boiled Imagination

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Richard Kadrey Interviewed at SF in SF on May 16, 2009 : "What I realized I had to do for this character is throw out everything"

06-03-09: Commentary : For Richard Cytowic, M. D. and David M. Eagleman, M. D. 'Wednesday is Indigo Blue' : 'Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Look at Ramayana from Mount Madonna School : Epics and Students

06-02-09: Commentary : Marjane Satrapi Versus Jim Butcher : Graphic Novels Step Up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Heather Shaw Interviewed at SF in SF on May 16, 2009 : Flytrap

06-01-09: Commentary : Mark Teppo's 'Lightbreaker' : Cracking the Codex of Souls

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Colson Whitehead : Live at KUSP

05/26/09 — 05/30/09

05-30-09: Commentary : Brendan Burford is 'Syncopated' : 'An Anthology of Non-Fiction Picto-Essays'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse

05-29-09: Commentary : James O'Neal Peels Back 'The Human Disguise' : SF Noir

Agony Column Podcast News Report : UCSC Students Protest Budget Cuts : Hunger Strike

05-28-09: Commentary : Katha Pollitt Considers 'The Mind-Body Problem' : Old Sonnets and New Poems

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Robert Scheer On Obama and the War : "Who's gonna win the war?"

05-27-09: Commentary : Jean Thompson Suggests 'Do Not Deny Me' : A Common Brilliance

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Terry Bisson, Richard Kadrey and Heather Shaw at SF in SF, May 16, 2009 : Panel Discussion

05-26-09: Commentary : 'Either You're In, Or You're In the Way' by Noah and Logan Miller : Love, Honor and Succeed

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Logan and Noah Miller : "We put our laptop on this greasy dumpster"

05/18/09 — 05/22/09

05-22-09: Commentary : 'Victor LaValle Plugs Into the 'Big Machine' : The Voice of the World

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books with Alan Cheuse

05-21-09: Commentary : 'Alastair Reynolds Doubles Up : Sub Press vs 'House of Suns'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Will Schwalbe and Cookstr : Smart and Simple

05-20-09: Commentary : 'A Brain Wider Than the Sky' by Andrew Levy : Aura and Triggers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Heather Shaw Reads at SF in SF on May 16, 2009: "Little M@tch Girl"

05-19-09: Commentary : In Praise of Christopher Fowler : Black Static

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Richard Kadrey Reads at SF in SF on May 16, 2009

05-18-09: Commentary : Mark Arax Ventures 'West of the West' : 'Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Mark Arax: "The process of objectivity is becoming subjective"

05/11/09 — 05/15/09

05-15-09: Commentary : David A. Kessler Announces 'The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Podcast News Report : Three Books With Alan Cheuse

05-14-09: Commentary : Subterranean Press Extends 'The Skylark' : Peter Straub, Extended Version

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Neal Coonerty on the Live Oak Redevelopment Project

05-13-09: Commentary : Iron Chef Chen's 'Knockout Chinese' : Vertical Cooks

Agony Column Podcast News Report :The Mountain Community Theater Serves 'Breakfast of Champions' : The Author's Voice Editor

05-12-09: Commentary : Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman Document 'Origins of the Specious' : 'Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language'

Agony Column Podcast News Report :A 2009 Interview With Ginjer Buchanan : Ace Editor

05-11-09: Commentary : A Review of 'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters : The Mansion of Dorian Gray

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Sarah Waters : "Something very malign"

05/04/09 — 05/08/09

05-08-09: Commentary : Stephen Baxter Unleashes a 'Flood' : Get Ready for a Flood of Enviro-Disaster Fiction

Agony Column Exclusive Podcast : Alan Cheuse, Three Books : Three Books by James D. Houston

05-07-09: Commentary : Daniel Kalder Glimpses Life Through 'Strange Telescopes' : 'Following the Apocalypse From Moscow to Siberia'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Peter Beagle Interviewed at SF in SF, Saturday, April 18, 2009 : "The more fantastic a story is, the more I try to ground it."

05-06-09: Commentary : Simon Rich Raises 'Free-Range Chickens' : Thought-Experiments, Humor, and Blasphemous Rumors

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Dick Lupoff Interviewed at SF in SF, Saturday, April 18, 2009 : "The manuscript even disappeared"

05-05-09: Commentary : Richard Kadrey Hangs With 'Sandman Slim' : Hitman from Hell

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Discussion with Terry Bisson, Richard Lupoff and Peter Beagle, April 18, 2009

05-04-09: Commentary : Andrea N. Richesin Edits 'Because I Love Her' : Mothers, Daughters and Mirrors

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Andrea N. Richesin, Karen Joy Fowler and Ann Marie Feld

04/27/09 — 05/01/09

04-27-09: Commentary : H. P. Lovecraft's Collected Essays CD ROM: 78.5 MB Into the Future

Agony Columhn Podcast : A 2009 Interview with Mark Rudd : "It was a moment in which people felt a terrible need to do something"

04-28-09: Commentary : Declarations of Independents : Three Books from Independent Publishers

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mark Rudd at Cal State East Bay, Part 1: "I was kind of on my way down"

04-29-09: Commentary : 'Kill Her Again' With Robert Gregory Browne : Conservation of Suspects

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Mark Rudd at Cal State East Bay, Part 2: "You don't dehumanize the enemy."

04-30-09: Commentary : Jhumpa Lahiri and Kevin Canty : Stories Past and Future

Agony Column Radio Broadcast : Richard Lupoff Reads at SF in SF : "T-Shirts"

05-01-09: Commentary : Follow-Up on Donburi Mania: Test-Driving a Good Cookbook

Agony Column Podcast Feature :Alan Cheuse, Three Books : Amos Oz, 'Rhyming Life and Death,' Elmore Leonard, 'Road Dogs' and Rory Clements 'Martyr'

04/20/09 — 04/24/09

04-20-09: Commentary : Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson Declare 'The Scavenger's Manifesto' : Save the Earth and Money in Style

Agony Columhn Podcast : A 2009 Interview with Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson

04-21-09: Commentary : Warren Fahy Discovers the 'Fragment' : All Monsters, All the Time

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Brew Your Own Beer with the Zymurgeeks

04-22-09: Commentary : Sarah Waters Unveils 'The Little Stranger' : Ghosts of Our Own Decisions

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Catching Up with Jeremy Lassen : Why We Love the End of the World

04-23-09: Commentary : 'Cheek by Jowl' With Ursula K. Le Guin : Meta-Reading for Readers, Writers, Young Adults and Fantasy

Agony Column Radio Broadcast : Peter Beagle Reads at SF in SF : "Oakland Dragon Blues"

04-24-09: Commentary : Alex Bledsoe Gets Into a 'Blood Groove' : Re-Animating Vampires (Again, Damn It!)

Agony Column Podcast Feature : Three Books With Alan Cheuse : Three Thillers

04/13/09 — 04/17/09

04-17-09: Commentary : A Pile of Books : Playing Catch-Up

Agony Columhn Podcast : Alan Cheuse : Three Books

04-16-09: Commentary : Kris Saknussemm Clocks 'Private Midnight' : Hours of the Wolf

Agony Column Podcast News Report : 'Private Midnight' Soundtrack CD : Kris Saknussemm and Clamon

04-15-09: Commentary : Andrew Hudgins and Barry Moser Say 'Shut Up, You're Fine' : Poems for Very, Very Bad Children — and Adults

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders on Steampunk, Victoriana and Elizabethan SF

04-14-09: Commentary : Mark Charan Newton Spends 'Nights of Villjamur' : A Whole Wide World

Agony Column Radio Broadcast : Nancy Chen and Sarah Powers : from February 8, 2009

04-13-09: Commentary : Jayanti Tamm Does 'Cartwheels in a Sari' : The "Chosen One" Chooses to Leave

Agony Column Podcast Feature : A 2009 interview with Phil Austin and Nick Danger : "That third eye is real"

04/06/09 — 04/10/09

04-10-09: Commentary : Two Seconds of Carlos Ruiz Zafón : Better the Second Time Around

Agony Column Podcast Feature : Laurie R. King on Fifteen Years of Bees

04-09-09: Commentary : Gayle Dayton and 'New Blood' : Steampunks in Love

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : Mardi Horowitz and Aimee Bender Reading: February 1, 2009

04-08-09: Commentary : Jonathan Barnes Topples 'The Domino Men' : A Victorian Legacy

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : Heather Hudson Joins 'The Women and the Waves' : From Surfer to Director

04-07-09: Commentary : Jonathan L. Howard and 'Joahannes Cabal The Necromancer' : Burning Bridges to Hell

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : A 2009 Interview With Chris Markowski, Past, Present, Future : Economic Crisis and Opportunity

04-06-09: Commentary : A Week of Steampunk : George Mann Crosses 'The Affinity Bridge'

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : A 2009 Interview With Hannah Holmes : "The human has to fret and agonize over this..."

03/30/09 — 04/03/09 04-03-09: Commentary : Kentaro Kobayashi Unleashes 'Donburi Mania' : Easy Japanese Cooking, Vertical-Style

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Tax-Time Interview with Roni Deutch : "The Tax Lady"

04-02-09: Commentary : Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess Pick the 'Blueberry Girl' : P. U. C.

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show from January 25, 2009 : Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Sean Stewart and Aimee Bender

04-01-09: Commentary : Jerry Mander and Koohan Paik Reveal 'The Superferry Chronicles

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Jerry Mander : Un-Making History

03-31-09: Commentary : "Max Frei" Introduces 'The Stranger' : Altered Egos and Alternate Realities

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with John Bargetto : 2 Acres of Pinot Grigiot

03-30-09: Commentary : Albert Sanchez Piñol Discovers 'Pandora in the Congo' : Are We Not Men?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Keith Donohue : The Invisible Spectrum

03/23/09 — 03/27/09 03-27-09: Commentary : Firesign Theatre Opens A 'Box of Danger' : The Complete Nick Danger Casebook

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Phone Interview with Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor : Nearly Engulfed

03-26-09: Commentary : 'The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009' Edited by Laura Furman : Literary Horrors

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Panel Discussion with Terry Bisson, James Rollins and Frank M. Robinson : Thrillers!

03-25-09: Commentary : Tony Ballantyne 'Twisted Metal' : A Mind is a Wonderful Thing to Twist

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview with James Rollins at SF in SF, March 14, 2009 : Fiction or Science Fiction

03-24-09: Commentary : 'Dancing on the Head of a Pin' With Thomas E. Sniegoski : Hard Boiled Angels'Fool

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Interview with Frank M. Robinson at SF in SF, March 14, 2009 : From the Pulps the to Castro

03-23-09: Commentary : Christopher Moore is 'No 'Fool' : A Review of Christopher Moore's 'Fool'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Christopher Moore : More Fool Me

03/16/09 — 03/20/09 03-20-09: Commentary : Mark Rudd Emerges from 'Underground' : Which Way the Wind Blows

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, March 14, 2009 — Frank M. Robinson Reads : 'The Errand Boy'

03-19-09: Commentary : Whitely Strieber Achieves 'Critical Mass' : Unsubtle Consequences

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF, March 14, 2009 — James Rollins Reads James Clemens : Underground Marsupials

03-18-09: Commentary : Barbara Vine Opens 'The Birthday Present' : Not Being Careful What You Pretend to Be

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Donald Hall by Kathryn Petruccelli : Fifteen Minutes

03-17-09: Commentary : Believe It or Not : Zoe Heller's 'The Believers' and Stacy Horn's 'Unbelievable'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Phone Interview with James Morrow : Choose to Disagree

03-16-09: Commentary : Subterranean Press Shines with Stories and Novels : Lewis Shiner and Peter F. Hamilton

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Phone Interview with Xinran : Hearing Voices

03/09/09 — 03/13/09 03-13-09: Commentary : Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan Unleash 'The Strain' : A Bloodsucking Plague

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Phone Interview with David Eagleman : "I'm a possibilian"

03-12-09: Commentary : Molly Wizenberg Serves Up 'A Homemade Life' : Hardcover Orangette

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Molly Wizenberg : Choosing the Salad

03-11-09: Commentary : Daniel Pinchbeck Heads 'Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age' : A Full Order To-Go From Reality Sandwich

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview With Daniel Pinchbeck : "It scares the mainstream"

03-10-09: Commentary : Money, Money, Money and Politics : Three Books to Convert Anger into Information

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Podcast News Report : Bat-Manga! For Day to Day

03-09-09: Commentary : David Eagleman Calculates the 'Sum' : 'Forty Tales From the Afterlives'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with David Grann : Actually Lost

03/02/09 — 03/06/09 03-06-09: Commentary : Keith Donohue Unleashes 'Angels of Destruction' : The Child is the Mother of the Woman

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show from January 11, 2009 : Chris Cleave : 'Little Bee'

03-05-09: Commentary : Subterranean Press Sings 'Songs of the Dying Earth' : Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Grabien Interviewed at SF in SF on February 21, 2009 : Child Ballads

03-04-09: Commentary : Colson Whitehead Returns to 'Sag Harbor' : Wish We Were Then

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Boatman Interviewed at SF in SF on February 21, 2009 : The Good Swearer

03-03-09: Commentary : Carolyn Turgeon Wants to Introduce You to Her 'Godmother' : A New York Fairy Tale

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A 2009 Interview with Dan Simmons, Part 2 : "Many are optioned, few are made"

03-02-09: Commentary : Peter V. Brett Tattoos 'The Warded Man' : Demonic Fantasy First Book

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A 2009 Interview with Dan Simmons : 'Drood'

02/23/09 — 02/27/09 02-27-09: Commentary : Barry Eisler Keeps it Simple, but not Stupid : 'Fault Line'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Grabien, Michael Boatman and Terry Bisson Talk at SF in SF on February 21, 2009 : Panel Discussion

02-26-09: Commentary : Paul Melko and Catherynne M. Valente Melt the World : Just Another Breakdown of Reality

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Deborah Grabien Reads at SF in SF on February 21, 2009 : 'Still Life With Devils'

02-25-09: Commentary : Alan Campbell Chimes in with 'God of Clocks' : Boom Times for Weird Fantasy

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Michael Boatman Reads at SF in SF on February 21, 2009 : 'The Revenant Road'

02-24-09: Commentary : Travelling Backwards : Iain Pears and Brian D'Amato Reverse the Clock

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Phone Interview With Xinran : Looking for a new God

02-23-09: Commentary : Thoughts on Dan Simmons' 'Drood' : Ego, Art, Aptitude and Invention

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview With Sarah Powers : 'Insight Yoga'

02/16/09 — 02/20/09 02-20-09: Commentary : Shriek: An Afterword' Via Wyrm : Now Fortified with Music by the Cult

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Podcast News Report : Excerpts from 'Shriek' CD

02-19-09: Commentary : Speculating on Popular Romance : Nazis and Zombies

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show for January 4, 2009, Saul Ferris, Anne Ishii and Bat-Manga!

02-18-09: Commentary : Xinran — 'China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation' : The Long March, Mao, the Cultural Revolution and Unglued Shoes

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : Re-Inventing the Local Bookstore, Part 2

02-17-09: Commentary : John Berlyne Extracts 'Powers: Secret History' : The Power of Obsession

Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show : Re-Inventing the Local Bookstore, Part 1

02-16-09: Commentary : Michael Katakis, 'Traveller' : A Brief History of Prescience

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A 2009 Interview with Michael Katakis : 'Traveller'

02/09/09 — 02/13/09 02-13-09: Commentary : Jay Dobyns is 'No Angel' : The ATF Infiltrates Hells Angels

Agony Column Podcast Interview : Behind 'Secret Splendors of the Desert : Anza-Borrego Desert State Park', Part 2

02-12-09: Commentary : Lalo Fiorelli Reveals 'Secret Splendors of the Desert' : 'Anza-Borrego Desert State Park'

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A 2009 Interview With Lalo Fiorelli Behind 'Secret Splendors of the Desert : Anza-Borrego Desert State Park', Part 1

02-11-09: Commentary : Roundup '09-1 : Subterranean Press Titles

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show from 12-28-2008 : Brian Yaeger and Jimmy Santiago Baca

02-10-09: Commentary : Kate Griffin Books 'A Madness of Angels' : Lethal Litterbugs

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Radio Show from 12-21-2008 : Joe R. Lansdale and Cecelia Holland

02-09-09: Commentary : Nancy N. Chen Looks At 'Food, Medicine and the Quest for Good Health' : Closing the Spectrum

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview with Nancy N. Chen : Clearing the Foodway

02/02/09 — 02/06/09 02-06-09: Commentary : Sarah Powers' 'Insight Yoga' : Mind, Body, Spirit

Agony Column Podcast News Report : An Audio Review of 'UFO in Her Eyes' by Xiaolu Guo

02-05-09: Commentary : Franz Kafka's 'Amerika : The Missing Person' : Reading a Novel You Can Never Finish

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Show, Bea Basso & Burton Raffel

02-04-09: Commentary : Recently Read : Kate Atkinson, Wendy Roberts, & Carrie Vaughn

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Agony Column Broadcast Show, Jonathan Carroll & Nina Matsumoto

02-03-09: Commentary : Jedediah Berry Opens 'The Manual of Detection' : Writing Towards the Dream

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview with Saul Ferris : The Collector

02-02-09: Commentary : Mardi Horowitz Offers 'A Course in Happiness' : Easier Read — Then Done

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2009 Interview with Mardi Horowitz, MD : A Hundred Years of Happiness
01/26/09 — 01/30/09 01-30-09:
Commentary : Buying Local, 2 : Phone Call Versus Mouse

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Conversation with Stephen Blackmer, Proprietor of Chanticleer Books, Sonoma California — Antiquarian Bookseller

01-29-09:
Commentary : Blue Mood : Catching Up with Charles Bock

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Aimee Bender, Sean Stewart and Terry Bisson : SF in SF Panel Discussion, January 17, 2009

01-28-09:
Commentary : A Review of 'Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain' by Kirsten Menger-Anderson : The Ineffable Beyond

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Sean Stewart Interviewed at SF in SF, January 17, 2009

01-26-09:
Commentary : David Grann Seeks 'The Lost City of Z' : Green Hell and Evergreen Obsession

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Literary Pursuits in Hard Economic Times : A Round Table Discussion

01/19/09 — 01/23/09 01-23-09:
Commentary : 'The Steel Remains' US : Buying Local

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Aimee Bender Interviewed at SF in SF

01-22-09:
Commentary : 'Dangerous Laughter' From Stephen Millhauser : Another Name for the Auto-Buy List

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Aimee Bender Reads at SF in SF : "Fruit and Words"

01-21-09:
Commentary : Cory Doctorow's 'Content' : Worth Killing Trees

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Sean Stewart Reads at SF in SF

01-20-09:
Commentary : Martin E. Marty Puts 'The Christian World' in Perspective : Twenty Centuries in 236 Pages

Agony Column Podcast : A 2009 Interview with Kirsten Menger-Anderson Part 2: The Family Tree

01-19-09:
Commentary : John Pipkin's 'Woodsburner' : Thoreau Before Walden

Agony Column Podcast : A 2009 Interview with Kirsten Menger-Anderson Part 1: Writing "Reading Grandpa's Head"

01/12/09 — 01/15/09 01-15-09:
Commentary : John Klima and Night Shade Books Ride an Electric Velocipede : Destination Weird

Agony Column Podcast Fiction : Billie Harris Reads Jeff VanderMeer

01-14-09:
Commentary : Read It Again, Sam : Sequels Spur the Pleasure of Re-Reading

Agony Column Podcast News Report : NPR Report on The Wovel : Not Wheelie Snow Shovel

01-13-09:
Commentary : Matthew Sturges Immerses in 'Midwinter' : Removing the Glamour

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A Phone Interview with Amber Ney, Wovel Reader

01-12-09:
Commentary : James R. Morrow is 'Shambling Towards Hiroshima' : Giving Away the Unkindest Typo

Agony Column Podcast Interview : A 2008 Interview with Victoria Blake, Jemiah Jefferson, Rachel Miller and Jesse Pollack : The Wovel

01/05/09 — 01/09/09 01-09-09:
Commentary : 'Crazy Love' and Leslie What : What is Love?

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Lou Anders Takes on The New Fantasy

01-08-09:
Commentary : Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Exhume 'The Bones of the Dragon' : Big News and Big Biz

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Kathryn Petruccelli Vs. Garland Thompson, Jr.

01-07-09:
Commentary : Kouhei Kadono Examines 'The Case of the Dragon Slayer' : A Jiken Mystery

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Marc Cabrera Performs Live at the Jimmy Santiago Baca Event

01-06-09:
Commentary : Walter Jon Williams Says 'This Is Not A Game' : A Networked Novel

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A *(Late) 2008 Interview with Chris Cleave : 'Little Bee' Part 2

01-05-09:
Commentary : Newly Available and Worth Your Time : Rounding Up

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A *(Late) 2008 Interview with Chris Cleave : 'Little Bee'

12/29/08 — 01/02/09 01-02-09:
Commentary : Gregory Lambertson's 'Johnny Gruesome' : Bloodcurdling Fun

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Oscar Bermeo Reads at Caesar Chavez Library : "I could be a poet."

01-01-09:
Commentary : Year of 'The Poison Ape' by Arimasa Osawa : Shinjuku Sharks

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Jimmy Santiago Baca Reads at Caesar Chavez Library

12-31-08:
Commentary : Peter Wild Hears 'Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth' : Turned to 21

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview with Jimmy Santiago Baca Conducted by Kathryn Petruccelli

12-30-08:
Commentary : Eclipse Two : All New Fiction

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A Conversation With Jeremy Lassen About Eclipse Two : Signing Up SF

12-29-08:
Commentary : William Bernhardt Solves 'Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness' : Torso Time

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview with Anne Ishii : Bat Manga Translated

12/22/08 — 12/26/08 12-26-08:
Commentary : Peter Crowther Edits 'We Think Therefore We Are' : Requiem for An AI

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Taelen Thomas Reads Robinson Jeffers

12-25-08:
Commentary : Holy Limited Edition Batman! It’s the Hardcover Holy Grail of Bat-Manga!

Agony Column Podcast News Report : George Lober on Robinson Jeffers : A Class to Attend

12-24-08:
Commentary : M. F. W. Curran Fights 'The Secret War' : 'The Hoard of Mhorrer'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Taelen Thomas Interviewed at The Big Read : Robinson Jeffers Redux

12-23-08:
Commentary : Xiaolu Guo Sees the 'UFO In Her Eyes'

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Kathryn Petruccelli Interviews Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts : The Big Read: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

12-22-08:
Commentary : Brian Yaeger's 'Red, White and Brew' : 'An American Beer Odyssey'

Agony Column Podcast Interview :A 2008 Interview with Brian Yaeger : Deciphering Field Notes

12/15/08 — 12/19/08 12-19-08:
Commentary : Carol Lay Reveals 'The Big Skinny' : Change Your Fattitude

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Leon Panetta & Jane Harman at the Panetta Institute Lincoln

12-18-08:
Commentary : A Legend, A True 'Zine : Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 23

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Nalo Hopkinson Interviewed at SF in SF : November 15, 2008

12-17-08:
Commentary : Jordan Summers is 'Red' : Return of the Red-Edge Pages

Agony Column Podcast News Report : Geoff Ryman Interviewed at SF in SF : November 15, 2008

12-16-08:
Commentary : Janis Bell Redux, with edits : Changing the past

Agony Column Podcast News Report : A 2008 Interview with Janis Bell : "Rick, the periods belong inside the quotes." Future

12-15-08:
Commentary : A Review of the movie 'Timecrimes' : The Script as Special Effect

Agony Column Podcast News Report : SF in SF Steampunk Panel, Borderlands Books : November 4, 2008 — A Night To Remember Future

12/08/08 — 12/12/08 12-12-08:
Commentary: Looking Back in Hope : Robert R. McCammon's 'Swan Song'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Panel Discussion with Geoff Ryman, Ellen Klages, Terry Bisson, and Nalo Hopkinson : SF in SF November 15, 2008

12-11-08:
Commentary: Reading Asher on the iPhone : Pan Macmillan, Stanza and a Trip to the Bank

Agony Column Podcast News Report Geoff Ryman "Reads More" : SF in SF November 15, 2008

12-10-08:
Commentary: Leinad Zeraus — DAEMON! : TCP/IP Thriller

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Geoff Ryman "Reads" : SF in SF November 15, 2008

12-09-08:
Commentary: Felix Gilman Winds 'Gears of the City' : Ghosts, Gods and Grit

Agony Column Podcast Interview: Nalo Hopkinson Reads from 'Blackheart Man' : SF in SF November 15, 2008

12-08-08:
Commentary: Ian McDonald Welcomes 'Cyberabad Days' : Present in the Future

Agony Column Podcast Interview: Burton Raffel : 43 Words '

12/01/08 — 12/05/08 12-05-08:
Commentary: Janis Bell Writes 'Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences' : Fun Rules

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Ellen Klages Reads from 'White Sands, Red Menace' : SF in SF, November 15, 2008

12-04-08:
Commentary: Steven E. Wedel Digs Up the 'Little Graveyard on the Prairie' : Dead ain't gone and gone ain't dead.

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Bad Moon Books' Roy Robbins :E-Bay Bookseller to Small Press Book Publisher

12-03-08:
Commentary: Nina Matsumoto Catalogues 'Yokaiden' : The Simpsons Pitch

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A Phone Interview with Nina Matsumoto : Girls, Earn Big Money Doing Webcomics!

12-02-08:
Commentary: Crimewave 10 : Now You See Me A new issue of 'Crimewave' is out, and even if it is late, it's well worth the wait.

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Nalo Hopkinson Reads 'Snow Day' : SF in SF, November 15, 2008

12-01-08:
Commentary: Cold Comfort : H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth 'The Watchers Out of Time'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview with Jonathan Carroll

11/24/08 — 11/28/08 11-28-08:
Commentary: A Close Look at 'The Autopsy and Other Stories' By Michael Shea : Worth Your Valuable Time (and Money!)

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview with Elizabeth Bear : 'The Windwracked Stars'

11-27-08:
Commentary: The Post-Post World: 'Emily Post: Daughter of the Golden Age, Mistress of American Manners' by Laura Claridge

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Andrew Davidson First Books Report : 'The Gargoyle'

11-26-08:
Commentary: Dean R. Koontz Knows 'Your Heart Belongs to Me' : Skip A Beat

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Seana Graham on the MUSE Online Writer's Conference

11-25-08:
Commentary: Simon Hopkinson offers 'Second Helpings of Roast Chicken' : Stories of Food

Agony Column Podcast News Report: Nathaniel Rich First Book For NPR : 'The Mayor's Tongue'

11-24-08:
Commentary: Lincoln Child Unplugs the 'Terminal Freeze' : Killing Machines

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview with Stewart O'Nan: "This is what I think is important."

11/21/08 — 11/17/08 11-21-08:
Commentary: 'The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard' : Not a Biography

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A Conversation with Greg Staples : Illustrating Robert E. Howard

11-20-08:
Commentary: Previewing the Preview : Bruce Sterling's 'The Caryatids'

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A Panel Discussion From SF in SF, October 18, 2008 : Kim Stanley Robinson, Cecelia Holland, and Barry N. Malzberg

11-19-08:
Commentary: Chip Kidd's 'Bat-Manga : The Secret History of Batman in Japan' : Origin Story

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview With Chip Kidd : "Whether it was comics or toys or whatever, I was a saver."

11-18-08:
Commentary: Dan Simmons Exhumes Dickens and 'Drood' :
Darker Than Thou

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview with Dan Simmons : Prepping for 'Drood'

11-17-08:
Commentary: James P. Blaylock Joins 'The Knights of the Cornerstone' : A Veil of Secrecy

Agony Column Podcast News Report: A 2008 Interview with Ken Silverstein : "We wouldnt call it Turkmenistan Day, because that's too obvious."

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