What is The Agony Column?
"He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. "Dear me!" said he, turning over the pages, "what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Red Circle
ACTUALLY NEW!! 09-08-14: Time to Read Ep 171: Nick Harkaway 'Tigerman'
A 2014 Interview with Nick Harkaway
"...we do a lot of policy-based evidence making here..."
Nick Harkaway is as delightful in person as he is on the page. We sat down in London to talk about his latest book, 'Tigerman,' and how he managed to craft a novel that reads like a big-screen adaptation of a great comic book. If you like the voice you hear in the interview, then you'll love the book.
A Live 2014 Interview with Alan Cheuse
"...one of the first books I ever wrote was a Bobbsey Twins novel..."
— Alan Cheuse
And alas, that novel is lost in time; Alan claims, at least he did in our live interview at Bookshop Santa Cruz, not to remember the title or the name under which it was written. And that, listeners is why it is always fun to talk to Alan Cheuse. The dean of book reviewing for NPR has a lot more up his sleeve than you would expect, as evidence in 'An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring and Other Stories,' his latest collection.
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