Episode 13: Hanif Abdurraqib

Critic, poet, and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib remembers “sneak reading” Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Gravity’s Rainbow” as a freshman in high school, but he quickly grew out of hiding his passion for books. Later in high school, he read Shakespeare, and his musically inclined hear heard the meant-to-be-spoken rhythms in his plays. But music criticism is where he felt spoken to, specifically Lester Bangs, and it this writing that continues to influence his own.

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Episode 01: Michele Filgate

Writer and reader Michele Filgate credits her grandmother for generating her love for books; for Michele’s 10th birthday, she even paid Michele’s $100 library fee. Who does she consider “the patron saint of book worms”? What kind of fan fiction did she write as a kid? And what was her role in Paul Harding’s “Tinkers” winning the Pulitzer Prize for literature? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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