Eli Hastings remembers his first writing experience. "My mom had given me a diary," he recalled. Hastings was in elementary school, and he scrawled down a little poem, the kind of insulting ditty that schoolboys hurl at one another on the playground.
Seattle travel writer Harriet Baskas stumbled onto her quest for hidden treasures. More than 20 years ago, Baskas was visiting small museums in the Pacific Northwest. She was interested in the collections they had on display, but the curators she met were just as interested in what they had in the back rooms: treasures they couldn't, or wouldn't, show the public.
During The Cold War American military leaders and average citizens were sometimes kept awake at night worrying about a possible nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. US foreign policy continues to focus on nuclear programs in other countries like North Korea and Iran but Eric Schlosser says the nuclear threat is also here at home. David Hyde talks with the author of "Fast Food Nation" about his new book, "Command and Control."
The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."
In his new book “Traveling Sprinkler,” novelist Nicholson Baker tells the story of a 55-year-old poet’s obsession with electronic dance music, Debussy, and his ex girlfriend who works as a local NPR radio host. Baker has written nine novels and five books of non-fiction and speaks with The Record's Ross Reynolds.
What’s there left to say about Bruce Springsteen? He burst into national consciousness in 1978 on the success of his hit album "Born to Run" and his face was featured on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines. Since then he’s been exhaustively interviewed and analyzed. However, Peter Ames Carlin’s biography "Bruce," covers new ground to even the most avid fans. The author speaks with Ross Reynolds.
Lethem’s nonfiction work includes a long interview with Bob Dylan and a marvelous profile of James Brown, both for Rolling Stone magazine. Lethem’s latest novel "Dissident Gardens" is about American Communists and leftists.
The human impulse to throw yourself into history with an attitude that it could matter, that you can change things and that you'll sacrifice for this, is very universal. It's an impulse that becomes misused or betrayed or conflicted in so many different ways, and this book becomes a catalog of all those different kinds of disappointment. — Lethem
Ross Reynolds talks to Lethem about his latest novel, writing, politics and music.
Since gaining popularity in the 1970s, the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has been a part of American culture. Journalist David Ewalt investigates why this particular game has remained popular and culturally influential.
He began playing the game when he was 10 years old. Now he’s an award winning journalist who writes about games for Forbes magazine. His new book is “Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It.”
When Katy Butler’s father had a major stroke the family had a lot of medical options, except the one they most wanted: a humane and timely death. David Hyde speaks with Katy Butler about her new book, "Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death."
Here in the Puget Sound region and across the country, the economy is making slow and steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession of 2008. But moving forward many questions still remain. A crucial one involves the growing inequality gap. Economist Tyler Cowen says the US will return to historic levels of inequality and in turn, we'll see a thinning out of the middle class.
Seattle writer Michael Gruber published the first novel under his own name 10 years ago when he turned 63. Since the he’s published four more thrillers and one children’s book.
Stephen King said Grubers’ last book, "The Good Son," was the best book he read in 2012. Publishers Weekly chose Gruber’s new novel, "The Return," as one of its top 10 mystery/thrillers of 2013. In the first scene, protagonist New York book editor Richard Marder is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He shuts down his old life to do something that’s been on his bucket list: return to Mexico and punish some people.
Writer Kate Christensen is best known for her works of fiction. She won a PEN/Faulkner award for her 2008 novel, "The Great Man." But her latest book is a nonfiction memoir called "Blue Plate Special."
As the title suggests, the book is about food. But it’s also about, among other things, how her parents’ abusive relationship influenced her own life. Christensen talks about "Blue Plate Special" with David Hyde.
Twenty years ago, Danny Bland was a Seattle musician, porn shop clerk and heroin addict. These days, Bland is clean and sober. He road manages rock bands and writes in his free time. Bland's first novel, "In Case We Die" follows protagonist Charlie Hyatt, a character modeled on Bland's own life. Hyatt works the graveyard shift at a downtown porn emporium and spends his money on his next drug fix. Marcie Sillman talks with Danny Bland on what it was like to revisit his past through fiction.
Author Nicole Hardy was a virgin until she was 36 years old. Hardy wanted to be a good Mormon, but eventually left the church. That journey is chronicled in her new book, "Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir". Ross Reynolds talks with Hardy about growing up in the church and leaving it behind.