Links

My science and culture podcast The Knowledge.

A conversation with James Shapiro, Shakespeare scholar and author of The Year of Lear.

A lecture I gave on Shakespeare, writing, and authorship.

Some blogging on writing and The Tragedy of Arthur.

Travelling to Stratford and the Globe Theatre in London.

With Spy founder and media superman Kurt Andersen on Studio360.

The New York Times Book Review podcast interview.

An interview with the fabulous Nerdist.com.

A love letter to a favorite band.

Pen Parentis: resources for authors who are also parents.

The Reading Experience: Great essays on reading

Stunning photography of Budapest (and other cities),
as well as the haunting cover image of Angelica: Zoltan Hajtmanszki

Identitytheory.com: Great author interviews (including a new one and  an old interview and another  with Arthur Phillips.)

Some odd cabaret. And again.

An interview with Publisher's Weekly
And one with MJ Rose at Powells. 
And another at The Powells Blog, Q&A.

An interview with the great singer Mike Mattison.

The Three Minute Interview with the blog The Elegant Variation.
Later, Mark and Arthur discuss Sandor Marai, Gyula Krudy, and a little Coetzee.

Novelists on Jeopardy!  Apparently, it's a plague of us...

The author reading from his story "Wenceslas Square" on This American Life.

 What's the author's mother up to now?  Synagogue Restoration

 

 

Some books i'd Recommend

The Gift of Valor – My brother wrote it, but this isn’t nepotism.  His book is an absolute classic of war journalism.  Whatever your views about the Iraq war, this book will make you feel what it’s like to fight in it.  It’s the extraordinary story of Medal of Honor winner, US Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, but it’s also about what it means to fight, sacrifice, and die in war. 

I’ve blurbed the following books, and I always mean it. 

These are all great contemporary novels:

An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul Murray

Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel

Tearjerker by Daniel Hayes

Last One In by Nick Kulish

Serena by Ron Rash

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Facades by Eric Lundgren

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell

and non-fiction:

The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein

Prisoner of Trebekistan by Bob Harris, author of the useful Who Hates Whom.

Freud’s Requiem by Matthew von Unwerth

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper

And some more: 3 recent novels at BN.com 

Summer reading at Salon.com