A Phone Call From Paul

A Phone Call From Paul

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A Conversation with Chris Abani
Oct 16 • 50 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Chris Abani about the refugee experience, the timelessness of James Baldwin, and the paradox of love. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward
Sep 11 • 36 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Jesmyn Ward about her latest book, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” the art of the profile, and reading history. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation with Marlon James
Aug 8 • 48 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Marlon James about why he hates the word inspiration, why writing is work, and xxx. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation with Wallace Shawn
Jul 26 • 51 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the playwright Wallace Shawn about his new book, Night Thoughts, the infinite appetites of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and what’s in store for civilization. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Pico Iyer
Jun 14 • 49 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the essayist and novelist Pico Iyer about the attention economy, the depth and graciousness of Leonard Cohen, and reading Proust on his terrace. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Pamela Paul
Jun 13 • 40 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul about her new book, “My Life With Bob,” the relationship between authors and readers, the Invisible Institute, and the sad fact that you’re never finished reading—or…
A Conversation With Derren Brown
Jun 8 • 44 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the mentalist Derren Brown about his new show, “Secret,” the skeptical mindset of his profession, and reading between the lines. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Michael Frank
May 30 • 51 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the memoirist Michael Frank about his new book, “The Mighty Franks,” the lives we could have led, and searching for the truth in our own past. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Sjon
May 16 • 44 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the poet Sjon about the importance of travel, keeping your audience awake, classical Nordic literature, the Future Library, and articulating the world. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Dani Shapiro
Apr 24 • 45 min
In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to Dani Shapiro about the grueling nature of book tours, the difficult task of writing while reading, the “unthought known,” and… marriage. For more visit LitHub.com.
A Conversation With Geoff Dyer
Mar 9 • 55 min
In this wonderful conversation from the podcast vault, Geoff Dyer and Paul Holdengraber travel back to a time before President Trump (summer 2016) to talk art, writing, Kerouac, and more.
A Conversation With Stephen Karam
Mar 2 • 49 min
Stephen Karam talks to Paul Holdengraber about pain, despair, and the enduring power of great writing..
A Conversation with Maira Kalman
Feb 17 • 51 min
Maira Kalman talks to Paul Holdengraber about the search for meaning, finding your limits, and the pleasures of being a mother and a grandmother.
Red Ink Series, featuring Michele Filgate
Feb 15 • 72 min
Red Ink is a quarterly series focusing on women writers curated by Michele Filgate. On this track, listen to Margo Jefferson, Ruth Franklin, Elisa Albert, Morgan Parker and Bethanne Patrick discuss writing about depression. More at LitHub.com
A conversation with Edmund de Waal
Feb 8 • 49 min
Edmund de Waal and Paul Holdengraber discuss the uses of darkness, the necessity of bravery in art, and much more. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A conversation with Paul Auster
Jan 24 • 34 min
Paul Auster talks to Paul Holdengraber about the nature of the unexpected, the nature of the self, and the cruel nature of Donald Trump. Auster’s new novel, 4 3 2 1 is available January 31 from Henry Holt.
A conversation with W.S. Merwin
Jan 11 • 27 min
W.S. Merwin and Paul Holdengraber discuss the pleasure of literary discovery, the joys of paying attention, and much, much more. For more, visit LitHub.com.
In conversation with John Berger
Nov 10, 2016 • 23 min
John Berger talks with Paul Holdengraber about President Donald Trump, the emptiness of American political commentary, desire, place, and how the hell to keep going.
In Conversation with Isaac Mizrahi
Nov 3, 2016 • 36 min
Paul Holdengraber talks to Isaac Mizrahi about storytelling, looking back at life, and the joys of art.
In Conversation with Junot Diaz
Oct 26, 2016 • 50 min
Junot Diaz talks to Paul Holdengraber about death, pain, the joys of teaching, and the magic of the library. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Margaret Atwood Takes a Phone Call From Paul
Oct 19, 2016 • 43 min
Margaret Atwood talks to Paul Holdengraber about technology, magic, and
Jan Morris
Oct 5, 2016 • 50 min
In this charming conversation the great travel writer Jan Morris talks to Paul Holdengraber about the religion of kindness, her love of Trieste, and plays one of her favorite records (bonus: there is whistling). For more, visit LitHub.com.
Etgar Keret, part two.
Sep 20, 2016 • 24 min
In part two of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with Etgar Keret, the pair discuss the relationship between writers and readers, rediscovering books with your children, and how to get slapped at a book signing. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Etgar Keret, part one.
Sep 14, 2016 • 23 min
In part one of their conversation, Etgar Keret and Paul Holdengraber discuss real estate, time travel, and the pleasures of artistic collaboration. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Tracy K. Smith, part two.
Sep 6, 2016 • 21 min
In the second part of her conversation with Paul Holdengraber, Tracy K. Smith talks race in the Obama years, trying to find a vocabulary for love and tolerance, and the brilliance of Lucille Clifton. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Tracy K. Smith, part one
Aug 23, 2016 • 21 min
In part one of their conversation, the poet Tracy K. Smith talks with Paul Holdengraber about God, death, parenthood, and loving children the way we love books. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Werner Herzog, part two.
Aug 9, 2016 • 24 min
In part two of their conversation, Werner Herzog and Paul Holdengraber discuss the most important things a filmmaker must learn, the (first) time a b-movie cowboy lived in the White House, and the art of forgery. For more, visit LItHub.com.
Werner Herzog, part one.
Aug 2, 2016 • 25 min
In part one of Werner Herzog’s wide-ranging conversation with Paul Holdengraber, the two discuss the human side of massive volcanoes, making promises to North Koreans, and that thing known as the Internet. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Nico Muhly, part two.
Jul 19, 2016 • 23 min
In part two of their conversation composer Nico Muhly and Paul Holdengraber discuss the transcendence of great writing and the claustrophobia of a certain way of thinking about Paris. For more, head to LitHub.com.
Nico Muhly, part one.
Jul 12, 2016 • 22 min
Nico Muhly talks with Paul Holdengraber about adapting Hitchcock, being challenged to a duel, and the genius of C.P. Cavafy (among other things). For more, visit LitHub.com.
Laurie Anderson, part two.
Jun 21, 2016 • 25 min
In part two of their conversation, Laurie Anderson and Paul Holdengraber talk about the Tibetan afterlife, the power of film, and standing in the snow in Central Park. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Laurie Anderson, part one.
Jun 14, 2016 • 22 min
Laurie Anderson talks to Paul Holdengraber about art, virtual reality, and telling jokes on stage. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Alain de Botton, part two.
Jun 6, 2016 • 19 min
In part two of their conversation Alain de Botton and Paul Holdengraber discuss the cultural critic as excavator of ideas, how the French do it better, and the addictive nature of Twitter.
Alain de Botton, part one.
Jun 1, 2016 • 20 min
In part one of their conversation Alain de Botton and Paul Holdengraber discuss the Romantic fallacies of love, the squickiness of soulmates, and information overload. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Salman Rushdie, part two
May 16, 2016 • 25 min
In part two of their conversation, Salman Rushdie and Paul Holdengraber discuss Christopher Hitchens’s prodigious memory, V.S. Naipaul’s self regard, and the joy of going to the movies. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Salman Rushdie, part one.
May 10, 2016 • 21 min
In part one of their conversation, Salman Rushdie and Paul Holdengraber discuss the dismal science, bad times at boarding school, and the enduring lessons of Orpheus and Eurydice. For more, visit LitHub.com
Andrew Solomon, part two.
May 2, 2016 • 20 min
In part two of their conversation, Andrew Solomon and Paul Holdengraber discuss global terrorism, travel writing, and the role of literature in developing empathy. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Andrew Solomon, part one.
Apr 27, 2016 • 22 min
In part one of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with Andrew Solomon, the two discuss American isolationism, global violence, and the difference between travel and tourism. For more, visit LitHub.com.
A conversation with Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Apr 19, 2016 • 30 min
Karl Ove Knausgaard talks to Paul Holdengraber about parenthood, failure, Francis Ponge, Ivan Turgenev, and writing about toothbrushes. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Elif Batuman, part two.
Apr 12, 2016 • 19 min
In part two of their conversation, Elif Batuman and Paul Holdengraber talk about crying, the Russians, and how tasted changes as you age.
Elif Batuman, part one.
Apr 5, 2016 • 21 min
In part one of their conversation, Elif Batuman and Paul Holdengraber discuss writers and telephones, moving to New York, and the alienation of the hyphenated identity. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Eric Jarosinski of Nein Quarterly, part two.
Mar 30, 2016 • 26 min
In part two of their conversation, Paul Holdengraber and Eric Jaroskinski talk further about the philosophy of Twitter. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Eric Jarosinski, of Nein Quarterly, part one.
Mar 22, 2016 • 24 min
Paul Holdengraber talks to the man behind Nein Quarterly, Eric Jarosinski, about the obsolescence of the phone and the aphoristic elegance of Twitter. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Adam Phillips, part two.
Mar 13, 2016 • 21 min
In the second part of their conversation, Paul Holdengraber and Adam Phillips discuss Walt Whitman, self-discovery, and American rock n’ roll. For more Phone Calls From Paul, visit LitHub.com.
Adam Phillips, part one.
Mar 8, 2016 • 20 min
In part one of their conversation, Paul Holdengraber and Adam Phillips discuss writing habits, Jacques Lacan, and how are parents make us who we are. More at LitHub.com.
Clive James, part two.
Mar 1, 2016 • 25 min
In part two of their conversation, Clive James and Paul Holdengraber discuss the source of poetry, the end of life, and the wonders of the English language.
Clive James, part one.
Feb 23, 2016 • 24 min
In which Paul Holdengraber and Clive James discuss youth, death, and almost everything else in between. For more, visit LitHub.com.
Jhumpa Lahiri, part two.
Feb 16, 2016 • 23 min
In the second part of Jhumpa Lahiri’s conversation with Paul Holdengraber, they discuss nostalgia, language, and being the child of immigrants.
Jhumpa Lahiri, part one.
Feb 9, 2016 • 23 min
In which Jhumpa Lahiri and Paul Holdengraber discuss the old-world family unit, bad conversation, and the pleasure of physical books.
Cheryl Strayed, part two.
Feb 2, 2016 • 27 min
Cheryl Strayed and Paul Holdengraber discuss self-discovery, self-help, and the staying power of Alice Munro. A LitHub.com podcast.
Cheryl Strayed, part one
Jan 26, 2016 • 25 min
Cheryl Strayed and Paul Holdengraber discuss sex, grief, and the power of quotations. For more, visit LitHub.com.
William Gibson, part two
Jan 18, 2016 • 22 min
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William Gibson, part one
Jan 12, 2016 • 23 min
In part one of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with William Gibson topics include the future, the past, and how weird and cool the phone is.
Cory Doctorow
Dec 9, 2015 • 33 min
Paul Holdengraber talks to Cory Doctorow about moving, privacy, and our relationship to technology.
Edwidge Danticat, part two.
Nov 30, 2015 • 17 min
In part two of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with Edwidge Danticat, the two discuss death, Haiti, and Anne Sexton.
Edwidge Danticat, part one
Nov 19, 2015 • 19 min
In part one of this conversation between Paul Holdengraber and Edwidge Danticat, death is discussed in fulsome detail.
Elizabeth Gilbert, part 2
Nov 9, 2015 • 21 min
In part two of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert they discuss reading for pleasure and reading for work, embracing the glorious mess, and the genius of Jack Gilbert.
Elizabeth Gilbert, part one
Nov 2, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Paul Holdengraber talks to Elizabeth Gilbert about self-loathing, the art of working, and the work of art.
Ben Lerner, Part II
Oct 27, 2015 • 23 min
Paul Holdengraber talks with Ben Lerner about first-person narrators, the power of art, and Leonard Cohen’s Greek cottage.
Ben Lerner: Part I
Oct 20, 2015 • 22 min
Paul Holdengraber talks to Ben Lerner about fatherhood, failure, and the poetry of both.
Claudia Rankine: Part II
Oct 13, 2015 • 18 min
Paul Holdengraber talks to Claudia Rankine about race, hope, and the power of President Obama’s Charleston eulogy.
Claudia Rankine, part one
Oct 6, 2015 • 14 min
Paul Holdengraber caught up with the ever-itinerant Claudia Rankine this past summer to talk about casual stalking and the art of rereading…
Neil Gaiman, part two
Sep 29, 2015 • 17 min
In part two of his conversation with Paul Holdengraber earlier this summer, (then soon-to-be father) Neil Gaiman discusses beekeeping, fatherhood, and magic.
Neil Gaiman, part one
Sep 16, 2015 • 26 min
Paul Holdengraber talks with Neil Gaiman about life, death, and Dennis Potter.