On this week's show, author Diana Wagman talks about her new novel Life #6 and the Robert Stone interview that changed her life, Laurie reports back from her interview with The Look of Silence director Joshua Oppenheimer, and Tom, Laurie, and Seth talk about a recent petition calling for the Los Angeles Unified School District to change the name of a middle school that's currently named for the influential film director and infamous racist D.W. Griffith.
This week marks the release of Harper Lee's new book Go Set a Watchman, her first novel to be published in 55 years. Based on the discarded first draft of her only other novel, 1960's Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, the story focuses on the same protagonist, Scout Finch, who is decades older than her character in To Kill a Mockingbird, lives in New York, and travels home to face her racist father, Atticus (no longer a beacon of tolerance and justice). Also on this week's show, John Powers, film critic at Vogue magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, joins your hosts to talk about the relentless positivity of American film, TV, and book reviews.
On this week's show, Mark Haskell Smith discusses research for his new book Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World, writer and producer Betsy Borns talks about the struggles women have faced breaking into TV writing, Dinah Lenney talks about Helen Macdonald's award-winning memoir H Is for Hawk, and Tom Lutz and Seth Greenland try to make sense of the crisis in Greece through the eyes of recently resigned Greek finance minister and LARB contributor Yanis Varoufakis.