This series opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.
Peter Coyote's The Rainman's Third Cure (#418) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
With the guiding metaphor drawn from a line in an early Bob Dylan song, Coyote's new spiritual biography is the tale of a young man's journey that leads him from the privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village bars, jail and the White House. In this energetic, reflective and intelligent memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure is the way out of the box.
David Brooks, Road to Character (#501) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
New York Times columnist and author David Brooks discusses his new book Road to Character. Brooks discusses the people who he profiled in the book and how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. The discussion centers around the opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth. According to Brooks, "it is a conversation we are all eager to have."
David McCullough, The Wright Brothers (#502) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
David McCullough as received two Pulitzer Prizes for his past work. In this new book, The Wright Brothers, he shares the story of the bond, work ethic, and dedication the Wright Brothers had to push their invention to new heights. He shares his affection for their sister who was their biggest cheerleader. It tells Well Read that 'there are many lessons to be learned' from these two brothers.
William T. Vollman, The Dying Grass (#503) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War. He shares with Well Read his unique research style, his unorthodox writing style, and why this story needed 1100 pages to tell. Vollman reveals that he has taken peculiar risks in his life in an attempt to thoroughly understand human nature and be a better writer.
Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (#504) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Helen Macdonald shares her love story about a goshawk named Mabel. After her father's death, and seeing that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own, she decides to train the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss. At times poignant and at times comical, Macdonald tells Well Read the ups and downs of loving Mabel and how she healed because of it.
Don Winslow, The Cartel (#505) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
In a ripped from the headlines novel, Don Winslow continues his tale of the horrendous acts of the Mexican drug cartels. He tells Well Read how he fought writing this continuing story but in the end decided it was a story that needed to told. Winslow talks humorously about how writing is an addiction and he sometimes needs an intervention.
Salman Rushdie, Two Years, Eight Months, 28 Nights: A Novel (#506) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Salman Rushdie, author of eleven previous novels, comes this new novel about a "spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story." Inspired by the traditional "wonder tales" of the East, Salman Rushdie's novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today's world.
Erica Jong, Fear of Dying (#507) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist, non-fiction writer; one of the nation's most distinctive voices on women and sexuality as well as men and their inner lives. Now she does it again by giving us powerful, new perspective on the next phase of women's lives. We anticipate this interview to be full of the sly humor, deep wisdom and poignancy Jong is known for.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear (#508) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.