KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD ON SHAME, PLEASURE & MEMORY

You most likely know Karl Ove from his six-volume sensation, My Struggle. His new book, Autumn, is an autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons. Addressed to his unborn daughter, Autumn is like an encyclopedia of everyday things, which Knausgaard suggests are rather extraordinary on closer inspection.

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ANNA KENDRICK ON SPEAKING UP & EMBRACING HER WEIRD

Actress and writer Anna Kendrick talked to me all about her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody, at Barnes & Noble in NYC to celebrate her paperback release. We talk about Anna’s childhood, dealing with anxiety, and how she decided that sticking up for herself was more important than being “nice.”

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MOHSIN HAMID ON IMMIGRATION, LIFE IN PAKISTAN & DONALD TRUMP

Sure to win a swath of awards this year, Mohsin Hamid‘s timely and important novel Exit Westis about young lovers Nadia and Saeed, whose relationship is pressurized and contorted by war. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day.

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SIRI HUSTVEDT ON ART, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND THE MIND/BODY CONUNDRUM

For many years I’ve read Siri Hustvedt’s work and marveled at her intelligence. The breadth of her knowledge–of the sciences, arts and literature– is mind boggling. Now, she shares another example of her genius with the world; a compelling and radical collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy called, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind. 

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ROXANE GAY ON “DIFFICULT WOMEN”

I’ve read Roxane Gay’s work ever since I discovered her writing in grad school in 2010. Whenever there’s a huge cultural moment–a political catastrophe, an attack on Feminism, or breaking Channing Tatum newsI’m eager to see what she has to say. Her view point helps broaden and illuminate my own.

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CLAIRE MESSUD ON LONG-LOST FRIENDSHIPS

Claire Messud and I talk about her new novel The Burning Girl, as well as Claire’s childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us. I’ve loved Claire’s work ever since I read The Emperor’s Children when I was living in Sydney. In the opening scene she captured so vividly what a certain set of creative people are like that I knew she must to have spent time in my hometown.

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