Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I confess to have completely misread the blurb for this title. I thought it was Hitchens interviewing Rushdie. In fact, it is the opposite. However, that doesn't matter. The discussion on the eve of the release of Hitchens' third to last book, the autobiographical, Hitch 22, is stimulating, interesting and very entertaining. The source of the name alone is worth the listen.
Rushdie is, of course, a literary giant. Hitchens was one of the most read, and a very well read, commentator. Their long time friendship is apparent on listening and their literary games are in a class apart.
You won't regret the hour or so of your life you spend with these two.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I wish I could collect the whole set of these performances. These selections from Ulysses really bring the text to life in a way regular reading just can't. Just knowing there is an auditorium full of Joyce fans experiencing this with you is kind of a rush. Hard as it is to pick out just one favorite from all these bits, I have to mention the scene that they translated into Yiddish. I like to think Joyce would have found it as funny (and appropriate) as everyone else did.