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02-08-14 UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 147: Kelly Corrigan, 'Glitter and Glue'

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Here's the one-hundred forty-seventh episode of my series of podcasts, which I'm calling Time to Read. Hitting the two-year mark, I'm going to make an effort to stay ahead, so that podcast listeners can get the same sort of "sneak preview" effect that radio listeners get each Friday morning. This week, I seem to be on top opf the game, but who knows what the hell might happen. I am hoping to stay back up and stumbling.

The podcasts/radio broadcasts will be of books worth your valuable reading time. I'll try to keep the reports under four minutes, for a radio-friendly format. If you want to run them on your show or podcast, let me know.

My hope is that in under four minutes I can offer readers a concise review and an opportunity to hear the author read from or speak about the work. I'm hoping to offer a new one every week.

The one-hundred forty-seventh episode is a look at Kelly Corrigan and 'Glitter and Glue.'

Here's a link to the MP3 audio file of Time to Read, Episode 147: Kelly Corrigan, 'Glitter and Glue'




-02-06-14: A 2014 Interview with Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François

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"I knew it wouldn't work."

Zoë François

Zoë François had the same thoughts about crock-pot bread that I first had about their enterprise in general. But in crock-pot bread and many other recipes, 'The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day' lives up to it title.

I certainly remember with great fondness my in-person interview with thee authors, but alas, the new reality of the book business is that unless I have a TV show, they're not going to get sent here jut to talk to me. I think that the US being a sort-of civilized nation, needs a book TV show, but I've not been able to make many inroad on that, o the phone interview machine came once again into play.

And I must say that when talking to these two, the word play comes quickly to mind, as they have so much fun together. And they're rather different, so I can mention that I often make loaves in the sink to reduce the cleaning impact and Jeff will chime in that he does as well, while Zoë will enthuse about her skepticism with regards to crock-pot bread, mirroring my own attitude towards their method in general year ago.

To hear our tasty talk and some tips on baking, follow this link to the MP3 audio file of our conversation.




02-03-14: A 2014 Interview with Jane Pauley

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"..it suddenly hit me; I almost cried..."

— Jane Pauley

I've never watched either daytime or late-night TV, so I'd never actually seen Jane Pauley before I sat down to talk with her about her new book, 'Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.' For me it was all about the book, as her subjects were all in the same boat as myself; trying to figure out how to make ends meet in their doting years, so to speak.

Of course, my little corner of the problem is just that compared to the stories that Pauley has gone out to collect and recollect. And for me, the way that Pauley put together her book was pretty interesting. There were bits of celebrity bio embedded in what was not a self-help book but seemed to me to be swimming in the same channel. There was, to be certain, a lot of writing going on.

But of course, there was clearly an interest in story, in the way that Pauley's interview subjects used story to define themselves coming into (let's call it) retirement, and the way they purposely wrote a new story that allowed them a bit more control headed out of retirement and into career number two. Of course, Pauley finds exceptions even to this basic mapping.

It was interesting to approach Pauley from a literary angle and hear her triangulate from where I might perceive her questions to normally come from. Since she read for the audio book, her reading was incredible. She also spins a great anecdote; she's committed to both story in the abstract but also the stories in the specific that she tells in the book.

She was very generous with her time and after we did a lengthy interview, he did a Time to Read spin and then picked the remains of my shattered brain for new books to read; for her I put Hannah Kent Burial Rites and Jojo Moyes Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind at the top of the list, with a side order of Brendan Koerner's 'The Skies Belong to Us.'

To hear my conversation with Jane Pauley, follow this link to the MP3 audio file.



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