Book Fight

Well, it's the end of March, and finally Mike gets a pick: Ben Lerner's much-celebrated 2011 novel about a poet on a Fullbright in Spain struggling with a series of major and minor existential crises. We talk about poetry and "poetry," people having "profound experiences of art," and what makes writers' identity crises interesting or not. Mike's also got a new installment of Fan Fiction Corner, much to Tom's chagrin. This week we're checking out fan fiction about characters from the literary canon.

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Also, there's still time to register for our D.C. writers' conference, Conversations and Connections, happening this weekend (April 5th).

Direct download: Ep_57-Ben_Lerner_Atocha_Station.mp3
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