Edward Champion, The Bat Segundo Show
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Paul talks to Edward Champion, producer of The Bat Segundo Show—a cultural radio program devoted to quirky and very thorough long-form interviews with contemporary authors, idiosyncratic thinkers, and other assorted artists.
Things get heated when Paul questions Ed about his introductory comments in a recent episode of The Bat Segundo Show. After a brief hiatus, Ed and the show returned to regular programming, partly because Ed was informed by a number of author friends that certain interviewers were not reading their books. “If you can’t read the book that someone has toiled on for years of their life, and they’re sitting in front of you, what’s the point of having a conversation?” Ed asks.
Ed’s monologue raises provokative questions about journalistic responsibility. Who are the “grim, boorish, illiterate, and opportunistic” interview hosts Ed is referring to? Should interviewers always read an author’s book in advance of a conversation? We want you to participate in the debate. Tune in to be part of the conversation.
If you are actually doing any kind of interview and you have not read the book, you are pretty much no different from anybody else. My goal is to try to find forms of inquiry that are unlike anybody else.
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About our guest:
Edward Champion is a writer and journalist in Brooklyn. He is the producer of The Bat Segundo Show and managing editor of Reluctant Habits. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Philly Inquirer, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian, and other esteemed and disreputable publications.