April 14, 2011

Pratap Mehta: Pakistan’s Perpetual Identity Crisis

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta (30 minutes, 14 mb mp3) Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a political theorist and intellectual historian based...| More
April 12, 2011

Thomas Balmès: An Education in Images

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Thomas Balmès (12 minutes, 6 mb mp3) Director Thomas Balmès on location in Mongolia filming “Babies” [Focus Features...| More
March 24, 2011

Mark Blyth (3): The Black Swan of...

Mark Blyth, the know-it-all professor with the Sean Connery delivery, is back in the pub tonight, and not a moment to soon. When the political...| More
March 22, 2011

Freedom to Write: China’s Gift to Pittsburgh

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Henry Reese. (14 minutes, 7 mb mp3) [Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] Henry Reese of Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh stole...| More
March 17, 2011

C. D. Wright in Triumph: One With...

[newyorker.com image] C. D. Wright is well known for assembling her patchwork poetry from local and vernacular fragments. Even with fame and standing, she has...| More
March 8, 2011

Anthony Burgess: Language as Music, and Vice...

Paul Phillips is leading us here in a long digression — a step into yet another alternate universe of the odd genius who wrote A...| More
February 17, 2011

Jaimy Gordon’s Racetrack Revelation in Lord of...

Jaimy Gordon impels us to find the other great small-press writers we’ve never heard of. She is this winter’s longshot winner of the National Book...| More
February 10, 2011

India-Pakistan: Vazira Zamindar on the raw wound...

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Vazira Zamindar. (30 minutes, 16 mb mp3) Time April 22, 1946: “MOHAMED ALI JINNAH: His Moslem tiger wants...| More
February 1, 2011

Shiva Balaghi: Egypt in the Spotlight; the...

Shiva Balaghi is relaying cellphone news from her friends in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Between calls, so to speak, she is weighing the warnings, heard...| More
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