The Agony Column

Author Interviews: Ruth Reichl; Nick Hornby and Lisa Randal


Ruth Reichl,  editor of Gourmet Magazine and author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, talks about cooking and offers an easy quick recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Nick Hornby author of High Fidelity, on writing the screenplays for Wild and Brooklyn; plus physicist Lisa Randal on, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe.

Author Interview: Russell Moore and Alison Hopelain


Moor_This is CaminoThe Agony Column Literary magazine takes a culinary journey with Russell Moore and Alison Hopelain via their book – with recipes and cooking philosophy, This is Camino.

Author Interview: Married Literary Bliss


Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede discuss the power of love and social change and their book Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum.

Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor discuss the science of corporate culture and their book Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation.

Author Interview: Steven Johnson


how weSteven Johnson discusses developing the “long zoom” narrative to explore interactions between humanity and technology in his TV series and book, How We got to Now.

Plus, Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor on the science of corporate culture.

A look at Unconventional Autobiographies


Santa Cruz’s Greg Arche, plus Mellisa Cistaro, Carol Ruth Silver and Kyle Boelte  join host Rick Kleffel at LitQuake.

Australian writer and Man Booker shortlist nominee Steve Toltz splits his own personality to create the characters for his latest novel, Quicksand.

And PBS TV host Steve Johnson explains the “long-zoom” perspective he used to create his book and TV series How We Got To Now.

Author Interviews: Annie Jacobsen; Ruth Reichl


Reporter Annie Jacobsen explores DARPA, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the power behind the technology of the Internet, nukes in space, and autonomous artificially intelligent drones. Her new book is The Pentagon’s Brain.

Plus, Ruth Reichl discusses the transformative power cooking and her new cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life.



Author Interviews: Sarahjoy Marsh



Sarahjoy Marsh talks about yoga, neuroscience, body image and addiction and her book Hunger, Hope and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food.

Also national Book Award Winner William T. Vollman discusses his epic novel of the Nez Perce War, They Dying Grass; and John Kounios and Mark Beeman explore the neuroscience of creativity.

Author Interview: John Markoff


markoffHost Rick Kleffel discusses the history of artificial intelligence with John Markoff, and his book “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots”.

Author Interview: Susan Casey


casey-voices_in_the_ocean-homeSusan Casey discusses her new book Voices in the Ocean: “A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins”.

She talks about new developments since the book that show how dolphins heal themselves in an amazing and almost inexplicable manner.

Rick Kleffel writes about Susan Casey’s new book:

Science, Empathy and Self 

Science is an art; writing about science requires both literary skill and scientific acumen, as well as an inner source of interest. Susan Casey has a deep, intuitive connection to our planet’s oceans. Her ability to write so well about them comes from a personal connection that cannot and need not be explained.

This is the unspoken power underlying her latest book, ‘Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins.’ Casey merges scientific and emotional logic to craft books that are striking intellectually and spiritually, and her examination of our relationship with this selection of sentient beings who live in the ocean finds her at her finest. This is not a book about “what.” This is a book about “who.”

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Felicia Day Knows ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)’

Felicia Day at KUSP studios. Photo: Rick Kleffel

Felicia Day at KUSP studios. Photo: Rick Kleffel

While Felicia Day is busily entertaining readers with hilarious stories about her youth in a prose that’s engagingly honest and raw, another storyline emerges. The home-schooled youth, the early-adopting gamer girl, the girl genius in college at the age of 16, the violin prodigy, all of these stories create a framework for what’s underneath You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – a crisp vision of how computer technology can transform our lives.

Day’s autobiography is just as fun to read as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of her online persona, her many appearances in a variety of television series, her online series The Guild or her new entertainment juggernaut Geek & Sundry, you’ll find a lot to love here. If you’ve never experienced any of the above, the book will make you want to do so. The book is written with a clarity and unconscious style that will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading pretty much any sort of book.

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