Tell Me What You’re Reading

Tell Me What You’re Reading
Talking about books on the streets of New York, in the mountains of the Catskills and on the road. I find that when I ask people about what they’re reading, they tend to start talking about books generally and then start talking to others about books. Encouraging the discussion of books cannot be a bad thing!

#19 Visiting Days, by Gretchen Primack
Jul 25 • 31 min
While visiting the Golden Notebook bookstore in Woodstock last summer, my daughter Melanie and I met and struck up a conversation with bookseller, author and poet, Gretchen Primack. It turns out that Gretchen is also an educator in a more formal sense.…
#18 Pride Month/ Stonewall 50: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Jun 24 • 33 min
In connection with the celebration by my law firm, @Orrick, of Pride Month and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I discussed with Alvin Lee and Amy Pasacreta of Orrick The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, which is a very…
#17 Josh Raff discusses four sets of “paired” books, and more.
Jun 19 • 40 min
A discussion by a serious and thoughtful,reader of four sets of “paired” books - Song of a Captive Bird + The Age of Light/ Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom + East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide/ Chefs, Drugs…
Ep . #16 Kate McGloughlin - Requiem for Ashokan - The Story Told in Landscape
Jun 12 • 25 min
Kate McGloughlin is a painter and printmaker (and storyteller), and during her long career, she has exhibited in notable galleries and museums around the world. Kate is president emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock School of Art, where she…
#15 Sophie McManus: The Art of Time in Fiction
May 29 • 37 min
Sophie McManus (master’s degree in fiction writing/ teaching writing at Sarah Lawrence College; author of critically acclaimed novel, The Unfortunates) discusses The Art of Time in Fiction by Joan Silber, and a variety of books written in Classic Time,…
#14 Nick Lyons: Fly fishing and other lit.; flys, tiers; joy, intensity and solitude of fishing.
May 8 • 35 min
Nick Lyons is a lifelong fisherman and has also written 20 highly regarded books about his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing, has edited and published many more, and Nick also for 25 years wrote the Seasonable Angler column for “Fly Fisherman”…
#13 Keith Grossman: Bad Blood, American Kingpin and Red Notice - “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!”
Apr 16 • 33 min
Keith discusses three astounding and true tales, as well as internet privacy and manners, and audio books + Springsteen
#12 Alexis Coe on history, research and writing and the tale of Alice + Freda Forever
Apr 4 • 44 min
Alexis Coe discusses Alice + Freda Forever, the book, podcast and movie; also the research and writing process + her forthcoming bio of George Washington.
#11 Dylan Marron: Educated, by Tara Westover + Dylan’s “softness as strength”, etc.
Mar 28 • 37 min
Dylan Marron discusses “Educated”, the momentous memoir by Tara Westover + wielding softness as strength, empathy on the internet, online and offline personalities and reading audibly.
#10 Joe Polizzotto - Strout, Barry, etc.
Dec 22, 2018 • 26 min
Joe Polizzotto discusses the works of Elizabeth Strout, Sebastian Barry and other great novelist.
#9: Children’s Books … Follow-up to Youngna Park discussion
Nov 29, 2018 • 39 min
Parents of young children tell me what they are reading and, no surprise, it’s books they read to and with their children.
#8: Youngna Park on children’s books
Oct 30, 2018 • 38 min
Conversation with Youngna Park, Executive Director of Parenting at The New York Times - Children’s Books; what to read to your kids!
#7: Payton Turner - Women’s anger and, sometimes, rage
Oct 22, 2018 • 27 min
Payton discusses The Blazing World and Now My Heart is Full, and also her own experiences as an art student, and the meaningfully ways she has responded to anger and rage.
#6: Catskills Potpourri - Marty’s Mercantile
Oct 14, 2018 • 24 min
Conversations at Marty’s Mercantile in West Shokan - our geological beginnings, Of Mice and Men and Moby Dick, dystopian tales and sobering memories of war.
#5: Maya Prohovnik - Stephen King!, Detectives & Sci-fi
Oct 3, 2018 • 23 min
Maya Prohovnik - a Stephen King “Superfan”! + Detective tales and Maya’s “favorite book of all time”, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s sci-fi adventure tale, Children of Time.
#4: Reading for the words, with Emma Holland
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
Emma Holland discusses what she is reading as well as how she reads, highlights and rereads, her love for words, and also her favorite book in the last decade, Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose.
#3: An impressive tour of 30 + books in about 35 minutes
Sep 19, 2018 • 74 min
Tell Me What You’re Reading #3: Jim Finnegan on a literary tour de force, from Haruki Murakami to Joe Ide, Jennifer Egan, Stephen King and many others
Ep.#2: Understanding the Nation & Finding Common Ground with Dr. Hardin Coleman
Sep 13, 2018 • 43 min
Dr. Hardin Coleman discusses the 11 distinct regions of the country and their particular political, social and emotional traits, President Grant’s pardon of the Confederate generals after the Civil War in order to preserve national unity and the need to…
#1: History of Comic Books with Dr. Frank Burbrink
Sep 5, 2018 • 17 min
In the inaugural episode of Tell Me What You’re Reading, Dr. Frank Burbrink discusses the history of comic books, which were, for many of us, the very first books we read.