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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wednesday, July 6 - The Nation Spring Books

Wednesday at 8 PM on KPFK: The Nation magazine literary editor John Palatella. Tonight’s show is a first for Bibliocracy. I will spend the half hour talking to the person responsible for putting together the recent Spring Books issue of one of my favorite magazines, The Nation. If you’re a subscriber pull out your copy (June 6) and follow along as John Palatella guides us through a discussion of some of the standout criticism in this issue, reliably entertaining as well as exemplary of the best of long-form analysis. These include a funny, mean, smart review by Gary Greenberg of David Brooks’ The Social Animal. It’s titled “The Dumbest Story Ever Told.” The letters of Bertha Georgie Hyde Lees Yeats and her husband, one William Butler Yeats are discussed by James Longenbach. Jonathan Blitzer elaborates (“The Anatomy of a Moment”) on an almost forgotten political moment in modern Spanish history as remembered by Javier Cercas in his book, Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination. It considers a military coup attempt captured, helpfully, on video. There’s more, to read of course, and to talk about. I hope to feature conversations on books with Palatella on future shows. His own essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, London Review of Books, Bookforum and Boston Review. Not yet a Nation subscriber? Here’s how: I’m confident you are a KPFK subscriber…right? Thanks for listening, and for supporting the work of your own community-sponsored radio.

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