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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Reality

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In this hour, Jonathan Lethem's new novel is Chronic City. The book has been described as a cross between the famous borough-centric New Yorker cartoon and the darkest episode of Seinfeld. Lethem reads a bit and talks aout the book with Jim Fleming.

Then, Chuck Klosterman is the author of several books focusing on pop culture. The latest is a collection of essays called Eating the Dinosaur. In the final essay, called "Fail," Klosterman examines the thinking behind the so-called "Unabomber Manifesto." He tells Steve Paulson that while he doesn't condone Ted Kaczynski's murders, he thinks there are some interesting ideas in his writing.

Next, V. Vale has published four books by J.G. Ballard through his independent publishing house, RE/Search Publications. Ballard is considered a science fiction writer, but described his fiction as "picturing the psychology of the future." Vale talks with Steve Paulson about the prophetic powers of J.G. Ballard. And we hear a bit from a CBC Radio dramatization of a Ballard short story from their "Vanishing Point" series.

Finally, Brent Silby teaches philosophy in Christchurch, New Zealand and is the author of an article in Philosophy Now magazine called "The Simulated Universe." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the argument it makes. [Broadcast Date: January 15, 2010]

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  • Chronic City (Unabridged) by Jonathan Lethem
  • Eating the Dinosaur (Unabridged) by Chuck Klosterman

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