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Maria Laurino – The Italian Americans: A History

Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone Buon San Giuseppe! Happy St. Joseph’s day! And welcome to a special Thursday edition of Late Night Conversation. In this episode Paul speaks with Maria Laurino, the author of The Italian Americans: A History (companion book to the PBS documentary series of the same name), the memoir Old World Daughter,

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March 19, 2015

Late Night Interview

Fierce is the word that first comes to my mind when I think of Meghan Privitello. Not fierce in a way that’s off-putting or isolating, but rather a way that gives you the sense that she is deeply focused, that her thought is somehow sharper or more accurate than most other thought. Whenever I read one

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February 6, 2014

Minimalist Living: A Conversation with Ken Ilgunas

 “This is what I came for, after all: an adrenaline overload, a blow, a shock to my system – something that would charge every fiber of my body with screaming life; something that would scare the suburbs right out of me.” – Ken Ilgunas, from Walden on Wheels *** As a well-intentioned frugalist and ignorer of most

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January 13, 2014

No Things But in Places: A Conversation with J. Scott Brownlee

I met J. Scott Brownlee during my first workshop as a graduate student at New York University, where, early in the semester, I heard him read his poem “Mockingbird” the same way it was written—with slow, accumulating thought and ponderous pauses. I began to look forward to hearing his poems each week because, never having

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January 6, 2014

Part 3 of Propeller Magazines 3-Part Interview with James Salter

This is the last of a three-part interview with writer James Salter. The interview was conducted October 4, 2013, in New York. 

December 19, 2013

The Makings of a Regional Press: In Conversation with Laura Stanfill

Forest Avenue Press, an Oregon independent publisher founded in 2012, recently released A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred—a debut novel that has received well-deserved praise. Instead of brief cameo appearances by characters, Allred explores people in-depth: an in-the-closet man living in the middle of Mormon territory finds his soulmate in the most unexpected

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November 20, 2013

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