Attention, dirty old men! David Stephen Calonne reads from the third collection of Charles Bukowski’s newspaper columns, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Here.
The controversial promoter who used jazz to challenge segregation. Tad Hershorn discusses his new book, Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice. Listen here.
“We measured the impact of our projects by their effect on us, not their effect on Iraqis,” writes Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. In a starred review, Publishers weekly writes, “In this shocking and darkly hilarious exposé of the reconstruction of post-Saddam Iraq, former State Department team leader Van Buren describes the tragicomedy that has been American efforts at nation building, marked by bizarre decisions and wrongheaded priorities…” Here‘s the Christian Science Monitor‘s take.
New in paperback: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen’s next book, Farther Away: Essays, will be published in May.
“The business of America may be business, but the business of American literature in the past century has been largely to insist that the nation is, in pursuing business, wasting itself on unworthy objects,” writes Algis Valiunas, in a provocative National Affairs piece. Here.
An interview with Ken Ballen, author of Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals.
A conversation with Deborah Eisenberg (The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg). Here.
Margaret Atwood (In Other Worlds) talks about SF and literature.
Bow-wow! Jonathan Yardley’s one-word evisceration of Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin: “Tiresome.” Here.
An interview with novelist Amitav Ghosh about River of Smoke, a tale of the 19th century opium trade. Listen here.