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Obsession: Bookworm.

February 2, 2012 \pm\29 3:39 pm

Host Michael Silverblatt

Maybe you already live near LA and know this. Maybe you listen to one of the 100 stations that syndicate it, but maybe you are like me and don’t.

I’m an avid podcast listener while feeding our baby. My latest obsession has been Michael Silverblatt’s excellent Bookworm show that comes via legendary LA station, KCRW.

I’m not only impressed with the guests he features, from heavyweights like Don Delillo and  Joan Didion, to other curiosities like Mark Z. Danielweski, but with the depth of his questions. You get the sense that he not only reads the books in question, but puts an insanely large amount of thought into each show.

Recent interviews with  Stone Arabia author Dana Spiotta and Dennis Cooper are solid.

Essentially, you can type in the name of any author of note in the last 25 years and Silverblatt has dissected them.

Many half-hours worth of fun. And educational for baby, too!

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3 Comments
  1. February 4, 2012 \pm\29 2:46 pm 2:46 pm

    the dfw one is pretty sweet too, this guy silverblatt seems insightful

    also the otherpeople podcast with dennis cooper was v. interesting and the blake butler goddamn

  2. February 4, 2012 \pm\29 2:47 pm 2:47 pm

    also if anyone knows more podcasts such as these, please share more, i am way into them now, i listen while i do shit around the house and they help me feel less lonely

    • February 5, 2012 \am\29 8:55 am 8:55 am

      Don Swaim did a ton of great interviews in the 80s. I was obsessed with this site when I used to work at an insurance company and wanted to think of anything but Accidental Death and Dismemberment.

      http://www.wiredforbooks.org/swaim/

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