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My favorite conversations about reading, with the experts—authors.

My favorite conversations about reading, with the experts—authors.

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Hosted and curated ByMiwa Messer

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How Science Writing Inspires Anthony Doerr's Fiction

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Scientific writing, like literature, helps communicate the majesty of life. Anthony Doerr, author of 'Cloud Cuckoo Land' and 'All the Light We Cannot See,' shares how scientific writing influences his work.
How Science Writing Inspires Anthony Doerr's Fiction

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Why Min Jin Lee Wrote an Introduction for 'The Great Gatsby'

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Min Jin Lee, author of 'Pachinko' and 'Free Food for Millionaires,' describes 'The Great Gatsby' as "a really soapy allegory." Even so, its insights into American culture are incredibly relevant today.
Why Min Jin Lee Wrote an Introduction for 'The Great Gatsby'

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Jennifer Egan Channels Children's Books in 'The Candy House'

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Jennifer Egan, author of 'The Candy House,' takes her inspiration from some surprising sources – the fairytales and fantasies of children's literature. Also, baseball.
Jennifer Egan Channels Children's Books in 'The Candy House'

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Lauren Groff Recommends Emily Dickinson

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Lauren Groff tells me about the many authors she returns to again and again, from Emily Dickinson to Ann Carson to George Elliot. And she reveals the two books that took her a while to get into—'Moby Dick' and 'Don Quixote.'
Lauren Groff Recommends Emily Dickinson

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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s Excellent Audiobook Adventure

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The third part of Nick Offerman’s ‘Where the Deer and the Antelope Play’ takes him on a roadtrip with his wife, actress Megan Mullally. Nick shares the audiobook playlist that Megan curated for the trip.
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s Excellent Audiobook Adventure

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John Cho Identified with Laura Ingalls Wilder

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John Cho tells me about the books that were the most important to him—the 'Little House on the Prairie' series—and how he related to them as an immigrant kid.
John Cho Identified with Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Kal Penn Fell in Love With Jumpa Lahiri's 'Interpreter of Maladies'

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Kal Penn has worn many hats, from actor to White House staffer to author of the memoir, 'You Can’t Be Serious.' He explains how Lahiri's 'Interpreter of Maladies' and 'The Namesake' opened a new stage of his career.
Kal Penn Fell in Love With Jumpa Lahiri's 'Interpreter of Maladies'

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Marlon James on Reading Steinbeck (and Everything Else)

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Marlon James remembers reading John Steinbeck’s 'East of Eden' for the first time, and how he became widely read—by accident.
Marlon James on Reading Steinbeck (and Everything Else)

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Michelle Zauner Discovers the Classics

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Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner, author of 'Crying in H Mart,' tells me how she was a late-bloomer in reading, and how her creative writing professor introduced her to the classics.
Michelle Zauner Discovers the Classics

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Kristin Hannah on the Perfection of 'The Hobbit'

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My conversation with Kristin Hannah about fantasy, suspense and world-building made me want to re-read 'The Hobbit.'
Kristin Hannah on the Perfection of 'The Hobbit'

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Xochitl Gonzalez Reads 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Every Year

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Xochitl Gonzalez tells me about the two books that have had a huge impact on her—'House on Mango Street' and 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' which she calls a religious experience.
Xochitl Gonzalez Reads 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Every Year

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Norman Mailer Changed How Emily St. John Mandel Writes

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Emily St. John Mandel, author of 'Sea of Tranquility,' counts Norman Mailer and Zadie Smith among her greatest literary influences.
Norman Mailer Changed How Emily St. John Mandel Writes

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Jessamine Chan’s Secret Books

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The author of ‘The School of Good Mothers’ shares the books in her secret bookshelf.
Jessamine Chan’s Secret Books

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Hosted and curated ByMiwa Messer

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13 CLIPS36 MINS

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