Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lit Links

This weekend, while driving home from the city, our family tuned in to Eleanor Wachtel's interview with cartoonist-slash-artist-at-large Lynda Barry. It is engaging, wildly entertaining, hilarious, empowering, yea even magical. And yet I can't find it on the Corp's podcast page. But you can stream it here. Just, please, do yourself a favor and tune in.*

I like Thomas Pynchon. I think he's funny, clever, illuminating. But the last Pynchon novel I read was Vineland, and after finishing it I decided I wasn't going to devote any more of my reading time to him -- I'd read enough. Too many books, too little time. As for Sam Anderson, well ... he hates Thomas Pynchon. Hates, hates, hates him -- over here.

*I should add that I am not an unreserved fan of Wachtel's show. I think Wachtel is a talented and incisive interviewer, but her subjects -- published and internationally venerated authors -- are frequently tedious bores. She recently interviewed a writer I enjoy, someone whose prose has made me giggle (as he intended). Three-quarters of the way through her interview with the guy, I had to shut it off lest I lose the last of my love for his work. All this is to say, her interview with Barry is completely exceptional.


Cowtown Pattie said...

have you seen this?

Whisky Prajer said...

Yikes -- you know NYC's publisher-types are nervous if they're enlisting Pynchon to do his own publicity!