WRITERS ON WRITING
Writers write. I mean that's what they do, right? But
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, writers on writing.
Jane Hamilton's latest, a satirical romp was inspired by a writing workshop
she taught on a cruise that she hated. High-powered New York City
lawyer Daniyal Mueenuddin went back home to Pakistan to take over his
family farm and found himself writing short stories. And, why would a
rock star write a novel? We'll ask bad seed Nick Cave.
Nicholson Baker's latest novel is called "The
Anthology." Baker tells Anne Strainchamps the book's about a writer
who longs to be a poet. Baker shares his character's passion for verse
and quotes several examples to illustrate his points about, for example,
the problem with "iambic pentameter."
Daniyal Mueenuddin divides his time between
the United States and Pakistan, where his family owns a farm. His collection
of short stories, "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," a Finalist
for the 2009 National Book Award. He talks with Steve Paulson. Also,
rocker Nick Cave of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds has written
his second novel. It's called "The Death of Bunny Munro."
He talks with Steve Paulson about the relative freedom of writing prose
versus song-writing, and disputes the conventional wisdom that performers
can't get any new, creative work done while they're on the road.
(Listeners should be aware that the Bunny Munro character
is a mysogynistic sexaholic. All profanity in the readings has been
electronically masked, but the material is intended for mature audiences
and may be offensive for some listeners.)
Keith Miller is a novelist for whom libraries
function as a muse. He reads an essay about the library he knew as a
child in Africa then talks with Jim Fleming about the importance of
libraries for him. His novels are called "The Book of Flying"
and "The Book of Fire." Also, Jane Hamilton is the
author of several well-respected and thoughtful novels. Her latest is
a departure: a satire called "Laura Rider's Masterpiece."
Hamilton tells Anne Strainchamps the inspiration for the book came when
she was teaching a writing workshop on a cruise ship.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-04-04-A.
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Red Right Hand on Let Love In on Mute Records.
- Charles Mingus. Pithecanthropus Erectus
on Pithecanthropus Erectus on Atlantic Jazz.
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Idiot Prayer
on The Boatmans Call on Reprise Records.
- Charles Mingus. Love Chant on Pithecanthropus
Erectus on Atlantic Jazz.
- Thelonious Monk. Rhythm-A-Ning on Criss-Cross
on Columbia Jazz Masterpieces.
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