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In this hour, Joan Wylie Hall, author of Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction, talks with Steve Paulson about the Library of America’s new volume of Jackson material and Newsweek critic Malcolm Jones’ negative reaction to it.

Next, Blake Bailey is the author of A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates. Yates’ debut novel was Revolutionary Road, which Kurt Vonnegut hailed as The Great Gatsby of its time. Bailey discusses Yates and his work with Steve Paulson.

Then, Chris Bachelder, a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Believer, talks with Anne Strainchamps about his novel U.S.! The novel usess its central character early 20th century novelist Upton Sinclair.

Finally, Jonathan Lethem is the author of several novels and was editor of the Library of America’s 3-volume boxed set The Philip K. Dick Collection. Jim Fleming talks with Lethem about Dick whom Lethem calls “science fiction’s Lenny Bruce.” [Broadcast Date: July 15, 2011]

Listen to Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

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