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A Conversation with Nathaniel Kahn
In this episode of A Phone Call With Paul Paul Holdengraber speaks with Nathaniel Kahn about Larry Poons, playing dumb while interviewing documentary subjects, the relationship between capitalism and the art world, and where art's true power and pu…
A Conversation with Deborah Eisenberg
In this episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Paul Holdengraber speaks with Deborah Eisenberg on "Bartleby the Scrivener," the dire political state we live in, the virtue (and adventure) that lies in difficulty, the commodification of art, and why she…
A Conversation with Sameen Rushdie
In this episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Paul Holdengraber speaks with Sameen Rushdie about racist attitudes towards food, food as language and a means of connection, the senselessness of a divided world, and the Rushdie family’s Christmas tradit…
A Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams
In this episode of A Phone Call With Paul, Paul Holdengraber plays music from Terry Tempest Williams' childhood and talks to her about beauty, the twin elements of joy and sorrow, and the power and importance of the human voice. For more, visit Lit…
A Conversation with Alexander Chee
In this episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Paul Holdengraber reaches Alexander Chee in Italy and asks him about mentors (and mentoring), his favorite Italian writers, virtues great and small, and the need for fiction to address the violent reality …
A Conversation with Rebecca Solnit
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American writer about skipping high school and growing up in California. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Conversation with Susan Orlean
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American journalist and author about her new book on the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, the future of libraries and public spaces, and the smell of books. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more …
A Conversation with Eileen Myles
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American poet about the #MeToo movement, why they applaud hating poetry, and the beautiful devastation of New York City. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm…
A Conversation with Alberto Manguel
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the Argentine-Canadian translator and essayist about his library, his relationship with Jorge Luis Borges, and why no one reads Rudyard Kipling any more. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your a…
A Conversation with Wayne Koestenbaum
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American poet and cultural critic about Susan Sontag, Marcel Proust, and quote-o-mania. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber and the American writer Joyce Carol Oates discuss writing about politics, future dystopias, and boxing (a favorite subject for both of them). For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
A Conversation with Ursula K Le Guin
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin on the blurring of fact and fiction, the problem with celebrities, and the anxiety of influence. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
A Conversation with Simon Winchester
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer and historian Simon Winchester about his latest book on turbines, how Jan Morris changed his life, and how we need Philip Larkin more than ever now. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about …
A Conversation with Maggie Nelson
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Maggie Nelson about how Proust inspires guilt, the disillusionment of youth, and how aging is a spectacular adventure. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho…
A Conversation with Chris Abani
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Chris Abani about the refugee experience, the timelessness of James Baldwin, and the paradox of love. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Jesmyn Ward about her latest book, "Sing, Unburied, Sing," the art of the profile, and reading history. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Conversation with Marlon James
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Marlon James about why he hates the word inspiration, why writing is work, and xxx. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Conversation with Wallace Shawn
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the playwright Wallace Shawn about his new book, Night Thoughts, the infinite appetites of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and what's in store for civilization. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more abou…
A Conversation With Pico Iyer
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the essayist and novelist Pico Iyer about the attention economy, the depth and graciousness of Leonard Cohen, and reading Proust on his terrace. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices…
A Conversation With Pamela Paul
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul about her new book, "My Life With Bob," the relationship between authors and readers, the Invisible Institute, and the sad fact that you're never finished rea…
A Conversation With Derren Brown
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the mentalist Derren Brown about his new show, "Secret," the skeptical mindset of his profession, and reading between the lines. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon…
A Conversation With Michael Frank
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the memoirist Michael Frank about his new book, "The Mighty Franks," the lives we could have led, and searching for the truth in our own past. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. …
A Conversation With Sjon
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the poet Sjon about the importance of travel, keeping your audience awake, classical Nordic literature, the Future Library, and articulating the world. For more, visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad …
A Conversation With Dani Shapiro
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to Dani Shapiro about the grueling nature of book tours, the difficult task of writing while reading, the “unthought known,” and… marriage. For more visit LitHub.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m…
A Conversation With Geoff Dyer
In this wonderful conversation from the podcast vault, Geoff Dyer and Paul Holdengraber travel back to a time before President Trump (summer 2016) to talk art, writing, Kerouac, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 17th, 2015
Latest Episode
Oct 25th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
79
Avg. Episode Length
35 minutes
Explicit
No

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