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Agony Column



The Agony Column Book Reviews, News and Commentary



Published: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

 



William T. Vollman Amidst 'The Dying Grass'

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

An Epic Exploration of Simultaneity



A 2015 Interview with William T Vollman

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...a lot of long words that in our language are sentences..."



Susan Casey Listens to 'Voices in the Ocean'

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Science, Empathy and Self



A 2015 Interview with Susan Casey

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...the reporting for this book was emotionally difficult at times..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 213: Susan Casey

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins



Felicia Day Knows 'You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)'

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Transformative Technology



A 2015 Interview with Felicia Day

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"I think you have to be attention curators for audience in every way."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 212: Felcia Day

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PDT

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)



Claire McCaskill is 'Plenty Ladylike'

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Internalizing Determination to Overcome Sexism



Emily Schultz Unleashes 'The Blondes'

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 PDT

A Cure by Color



Robert Repino Morphs 'Mort(e)'

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Housecat to Harbinger of the Apocalypse



A 2015 Interview with Robert Repino

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...an even bigger threat. which is us, the humans..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 209: Robert Repino

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Mort(e)



Dr. Michael Gazzaniga Tells Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

A Life in Neuroscience Reveals the Life of Science



A 2015 Interview with Michael Gazzaniga

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"We made the first observation and BAM there was the disconnection effect..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 208: Michael Gazzaniga

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience



Neal Stephenson Crafts an Eden for 'Seveneves'

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Blow It Up and Start All Over Again



A 2015 Interview with Neal Stephenson

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...and know that you're never going to se a tree again..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 207: Neal Stephenson

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Seveneves



Dan Simmons Opens 'The Fifth Heart'

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Having it Every Way



A 2015 Interview with Dan Simmons

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...yes, they really did bring those bombs..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 206: Dan Simmons

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 PDT

The Fifth Heart



John Waters Gets 'Carsick'

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Going His Way



A 2015 Interview with John Waters

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...you change how you would be in real life...”



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 205: John Waters

Sat, 23 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Carsick



Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD and 'Shrinks'

Sat, 09 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

A Most Fashionable Take on the Human Mind



A 2015 Interview with Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

Sat, 09 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"..its influence to be as hegemonic as it was..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 204: Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

Sat, 09 May 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry



Barney Frank is 'Frank'

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Interpersonally Ours



A 2015 Interview with Barney Frank

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...while you're trying to change it, don't ignore it..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 203: Barney Frank

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage



Kazuo Ishiguro Unearths 'The Buried Giant'

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

The Mist of Myth and Memory



A 2015 Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

".... by the time I was writing this novel, the lines between what was fantasy and what was real had blurred for me..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 201: Kazuo Ishiguro

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

The Buried Giant



Erik Larson Follows a 'Dead Wake'

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Countdown to Destiny



A 2015 Interview with Erik Larson

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...said to have been found in the arms of a dead German sailor..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 201: Erik Larson

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Dead Wake



Peter Bell Reflects 'A Certain Slant of Light'

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

Strange Stories of Modern Scholars



A 2014 Interview with Peter Bell

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

"...I looked up some of the old books..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 200: Peter Bell

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

A Certain Slant of Light and Strange Epiphanies



Marc Goodman Foresees 'Future Crimes'

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

Exponential Potential



A 2015 Interview with Marc Goodman

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...every physical object around us is being transformed, one way or another, into an information technology..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 199: Marc Goodman

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It



William Ury on Getting to Yes with Yourself: And Other Worthy Opponents

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

To the BATNA, Robin!



A 2015 Interview with William Ury

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...he proceeded to shout at me for approximately 30 minutes..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 198: William Ury

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

Getting to Yes with Yourself: And Other Worthy Opponents



Jennifer Senior Experiences 'All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood'

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Reading Fun for the Whole Fambly!



A 2014 Interview with Jennifer Senior

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...it becomes a source of enormous tension once a baby comes along..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 197: Jennifer Senior

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood



My Back Pages: Reading is Discovering

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Great Writers With Great Back Catalogues



Bookstores We Love Share the Books About Love They Love To Recommend

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Bay Area Bookstores Share Their Valentine's Day Picks



Now Playing… 50 Shades of Dave Barry

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Dave Barry on the Book that "inspired" the film



Stewart O'Nan Looks 'West of Sunset'

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Twilight of the Great



A 2015 Interview with Stewart O'Nan

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...we see him as a tragedian because is life is a tragedy..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 196: Stewart O'Nan

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

West of Sunset



Armistead Maupin Maps 'The Days of Anna Madrigal'

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

Swiftly Flow the Years



A 2015 Interview with Armistead Maupin

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

"I could see what silliness was going on while it was happening..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 195: Armistead Maupin

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Days of Anna Madrigal






A 2014 Interview with Christine Carter

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...a real tipping point..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 194: Christine Carter

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work



A 2014 Interview with Jake Halpern

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...he goes to Las Vegas to this debt-buyers' convention..."



Jake Halpern Pushes 'Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld'

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

Non-Fiction 21st Century Noir



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 193: Jake Halpern

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld



David Shields and Caleb Powell Assert 'I Think You're Totally Wrong'

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Power to Bicker



A 2014 Interview with David Shields and Caleb Powell

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"I read no book reviews any more; the level of discussion is really pedestrian." David Shields "I'm just saying it's a conflict of interest!" Caleb Powell



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 192: David Shields and Caleb Powell

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

I Think You're Totally Wrong



Charles Todd Expects 'A Fine Summer's Day'

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

We Interrupt This Program...



Charles Todd Engages In 'A Test of Wills'

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Politics of Passion and Policing



A 2015 Interview with Charles and Caroline Todd

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...let them be themselves and sort it out..." Caroline Todd "...it's more on a personal level..." Charles Todd



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 191: Charles and Caroline Todd

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

A Fine Summer's Day



Rosalie Parker Unearths 'The Old Knowledge'

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The New Old World



A 2014 interview with Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"I thought I'd write something for fun.." Ray Russell "..there was a side of me of that was interested in the strangeness..." Ros Parker



Richard Ford 'Let Me Be Frank with You'

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Default Years



A 2014 Interview with Richard Ford

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...most of our politicians are morons..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 190: Richard Ford

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

Let Me Be Frank with You



Bessel van der Kolk 'The Body Keeps the Score'

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

Human Trauma



A 2015 Interview with Bessel van der Kolk

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"...being able to see what happens in the brain really helps us to understand certain things..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 189: Bessel van der Kolk

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

The Body Keeps the Score



Rebecca Lloyd Shows No 'Mercy'

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"You humans are practiced executioners." Zanti Leader, The Outer Limits



Audio Book Review: Rebecca Lloyd, Mercy and Other Stories

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 12:00:00 PST

"Our knives and monsters are ever ready, and as real as we need them to be."



Kathy Freston 'Quantum Wellness'

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Tipping Points



Kathy Freston Embraces 'The Lean'

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Series of Successive Approximations



A 2014 Interview with Kathy Freston

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

"...visualize how you'd like your life to look..."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 188: Kathy Freston

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Quantum Wellness, Veganist and The Lean



Mark Samuels 'Written in Darkness'

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Sinkholes of Despair



A 2014 Audio Review of 'Written in Darkness' by Mark Smuels

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

"This is an abyss that is not content to merely gaze back."



Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner 'Grow It, Heal It'

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Natural and Effective Herbal Remedies from Your Garden or Windowsill



A 2014 Interview with Christopher Hobbs

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

"I want to integrate both the traditional uses and the traditional wisdom and knowledge and experience with modern science."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 187: Christopher Hobbs

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Grow it, Heal It: Natural and Effective Herbal Remedies from Your Garden or Windowsill



Tad Williams Is Caught 'Sleeping Late on Judgment Day'

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

As Below, So Above



A 2014 Interview with Tad Williams

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

"...Heaven and Hell couldn't be an open, on-going dramatic conflict; it would be more like the Cold War."



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 186: Tad Williams

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Sleeping Late on Judgment Day



Anne Rice Crowns 'Prince Lestat'

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

A Unified Theory of Vampires



A 2014 Interview with Anne Rice

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

"I have to woo him..."



Andrew Michael Hurley Returns from 'The Loney'

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

A Matter of Faith



Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 185: Anne Rice

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

Prince Lestat



Four Books With Alan Cheuse

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:00 PST

: Maureen Corrigan So We Read On, Casey Walker Last Days in Shanghai, Ron Rash Something Rich and Strange, Nicholson Baker Traveling Sprinkler



Back to Darkness

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:00:00 PST

Re-Visiting 'Darkscapes'



A 2014 Interview with Anne-Sylvie Salzman

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:00:00 PST

"You really have to enter a world and it's not some kind of guided tour."