OPEN BOOK

by Scott Simon

(Open Book conversation with Steve Inskeep, NPR host and author of “Imperfect Union.)

In mid-march, with school moving online and the installation of a special line in Scott’s home office, we started to “shelter in place.” As we contemplated hours at home, and moments of solitude, we thought about how to put a little joy into our lives. We gratefully looked at the books around us and began a daily Videocast. Its called Open Book and we invite you to join us. Elise, our 16-year-old daughter, is the technical crew and an increasing editorial participant. Daisy, our poodle, is a frequent guest and contributor.

They air daily, usually at 6:15 pm ET, but they are available for viewing anytime on Twitter, Periscope, or this website. Every guest has brought moments of levity, insight and feeling to our day. We are grateful to them, and to you for participating and/or watching.

To see these and/or participate directly on Periscope please join us on Periscope.

March 16, 2020

“Tonight’s visit: Langston Hughes poems, and your questions as we check in on each other. And, oh, a special guest:”
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March 17, 2020

“Watch live”
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March 18, 2020

“Tonight’s reading from Studs Terkel’s WORKING, and a visit from the great novelist Rebecca Makkah, too”
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March 19, 2020

“Tonight’s reading—about Babe Ruth, from Jane Leavy’s great bio—and special guest Caroline Leavitt talks A Mighty Blaze”
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March 20, 2020

“Tonight’s get together: we read Shel Silverstein, and talk about tomorrow’s show, and of course, take any questions:”
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March 22, 2020

“TONIGHTS VISIT—A READING FROM HEM, AND A VISIT WITH @rick_bayless ”
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March 23, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read some overlooked Dorothy Parker, and have special guest Scott Simons @scottsimonwvla ”
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March 24, 2020

“Tonight’s reading from Graham Greene, and a convo with @JamesMartinSJ, a great author, thinker, and joke-teller, in fact ”
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March 25, 2020

“Open book for tonight—a reading from Terrence McNally, RIP, and a visit with @NinaTotenberg! Oh, another Daisy haiku ”
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March 26, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read a little Saul Bellow, and then—@WimpyKid on Greg and his universe. Hope you can join us! ”
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March 27, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read Advise and Consent, and talk to legendary lawyer and Watergate memoirist, @JillWineBanks ”
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March 28, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: the people behind the cheesecake! Eli’s of Chicago (they have a cookbook)—and class. ”
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March 29, 2020

“Our Open Book—a reading from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a convo with Lori Gottlieb on her work in these times, too. ”
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March 30, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll read Sonia Sanchez on Ella Fitzgerald, and ring up @ChinaForbes for talk and a song! ”
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March 30, 2020

“HEY—another Open Book! With Jim and Jeanne Gaffigan! ”
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March 31, 2020

“Open Book tonight: a reading from Mordecai Richler, then we speak with @petersagal on Running, Vice, and laughter! ”
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March 31, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book—art in the time of the Covid. A reading from Unforgettable, a look at Lautrec, and @jerrysaltz! ”
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April 1, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Take Me Out; a convo with great announcer @Jason Benetti, about lit and film. ”
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April 2, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: reading from a new book about the Gold Rush and a Chinese family. ”
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April 3, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book. A reading from The Little Prince, then we introduce @exlarson (THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE) ”
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April 5, 2020

“Tonight—movie night! Open Book has a Ginsberg poem, then @shawnlevy to talk films to find now. ”
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April 6, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll read Gwendolyn Books, her hopes for young people, and from Pete Hamill’s A DRINKING LIFE ”
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April 7, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Groucho on his dinner w/ TS Eliot (really!) and @Piper and @Larry Smith ”
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April 8, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book—the fabulous @GilbertLiz is our guest. Also a reading from Carl Sandburg. ”
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April 9, 2020

“The grrreat James McBride (GOOD LORD BIRD, THE COLOR OF WATER, etc.) ”
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April 10, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll welcome @greenfield64, after a reading THE GAY PLACE, to talk about political lit and film ”
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April 11, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book [email protected] Her great YA novel Fever newly pertinent! She’ll read, we’ll talk, and can’t wait ”
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April 12, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book. We’ll read a poem by Chris Abani, and have a visit from @hughacheson to talk food, lit, film, etc. ”
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April 13, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight so excited to welcome @MsTerryMcMillan (WAITING TO EXHALE, HOW STELLA GOT) ”
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April 14, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with @olivierblanchard A reading from JK Galbraith, and our convo on economics and life. ”
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April 15, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight with @DMiliband of the International Rescue Committee on the special vulnerability of refugees ”
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April 16, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Red Smith, with resonance for these gameless times, and @JeremySchapp! ”
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April 17, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: @simon_schama OBE reads from his own Citizens, and we’ll talk lit, art, and history… ”
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April 18, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with @Scalzi and Thornton Wilder! ”
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April 19, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from @ParisReview Plimpton/Hem interview, then @EmilyNemens PR’s editor and novelist! ”
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April 20, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: words from George Carlin, then we bring in @mrmattwalsh to talk about comic words, books, series ”
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April 21, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with a note from Thornton Wilder, then a remarkable new book on a great quake, great response ”
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April 22, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Hem you likely haven’t heard, then wise words from @WajahatAli on family and grace. ”
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April 23, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Jimmy Breslin, then we’re joined by Pulitzer winner @ConnieSchultz, now a novelist. ”
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April 24, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: poems from Gertie and Neruda, then @HottieCouture (WORN ON THIS DAY) on what to wear to a pandemic! ”
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April 25, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a poem by James Weldon Johnson about the glory of song, and then more musical glory w/ @marinalsop! ”
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April 26, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with a reading from Joan Didion, then we look forward to conversing with @EmilyMandel! ”
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April 27, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with lyrics of a song we think we know, then the enormously entertaining @glovebox on words ”
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April 28, 2020

“Tonight Open Book opens with Happy Birthday, Wordsworth! Then, @SopanDeb on his memoir, culture, and who knows? ”
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April 29, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with Halberstam, then @David Folkenflik ”
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April 30, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight: a reading Sir Harold Nicolson on humor, then struggling young novelist Christopher Buckley ”
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May 1, 2020

“We open Open Book w/ a reading from a famed wartime diary, then Elizabeth Samet (SOLDIER’S HEART) on the power of words: ”
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May 2, 2020

“So nice to welcome @shteyngart to Open Book! He’ll read, kvetch, and converse, and hope you have questions for our crew! ”
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May 3, 2020

“A special Saturday night Open Book with @KenBurns, who will read from Twain, talk film, and archives we leave now ”
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May 4, 2020

“Tonight we’ll have a reading from Dalton Trumbo (an amazing complaint letter) then @rayadverb Dave Barry on humor now ”
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May 5, 2020

“Tonight, we open with a poem by Nick Flynn on tattoos, then tattoo artist, classicist, punker and memoirist, Phuc Tran ”
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May 6, 2020

“TONIGHT: a reading from Delmore Schwartz on Marilyn; then a convo on movie, literature, and dreams with Sam Wasson! ”
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May 7, 2020

“We’ll have a reading from Ernie Pyle’s astounding reporting from Sicily WWII, then @RodLurie director writer critic ”
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May 8, 2020

“Our family reads a heart-stopping Hem section on Paris, then welcomes @ElaineSciolino to talk Paris lit winding river ”
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May 9, 2020

“Our family opens with a read from E.B. White on NYC, then Mr. New York, @opinion_joe, our friend, on words, loss, art ”
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May 10, 2020

“Our family’s Open Book begins with a reading from Wm. Shirer then converses w/ great writer of history Rick Atkinson! ”
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May 11, 2020

“Tonight, our family makes room for two Chicago Scotts. The best: Scott Turow (preceded by a reading from Unforgettable ”
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May 12, 2020

“Tonight, our family gets to speak with Greil Marcus, the great music and culture critic, after an Elvis poem. Join us! ”
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May 13, 2020

“Our family welcomes @FannySinger to our Open Book to talk ALWAYS HOME, food lit, and lighting these days with beauty ”
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May 14, 2020

“Our family gets to welcome another to our Open Book: Michael Lewis and Tabitha Soren, on writing, pictures, and… ”
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May 15, 2020

“On our family Open Book: a reading from Nelson Algren, and the story behind his inscription. We’ll explain. Questions? ”
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May 16, 2020

“Our family welcomes to great novelist, Tim O’ Brien, after a reading from Wharton’s A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (and felt art) ”
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May 17, 2020

“Our family gets to meet @John Moe, after a reading from Joseph Heller, to talk about feeling low (who doesn’t?) now. ”
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May 18, 2020

“About to go live with Jarrett Krosoczka (LUNCH LADY, etc) to talk art, words, and—lunch! What a life he’s had! ”
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May 19, 2020

“Our family gets to talk to @thealicewu on THE HALF OF IT, coming of age stories, retold, and telling stories today ”
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May 20, 2020

“Our family welcomes @amyjoburns to talk about words and stories in the hills, and the writing life now ”
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May 21, 2020

“Our family gets to meet @TerryTempestWilliams to talk about the words and art of blooms, birds, and our times ”
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May 22, 2020

“A poem by Auden, then our family gets together Dave Isay of @StoryCorps to talk power of conversation, words, warmth- ”
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May 23, 2020

“A poem by Auden, then our family gets together Dave Isay of @StoryCorps to talk power of conversation, words, warmth- ”
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May 24, 2020

“Our family get-together for Open Book tonight—with our daughters’ godfather, the great writer Wen Huang! ”
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May 25, 2020

“Our guest for our family get together tonight: the peerless and prolific Kate DiCamillo! WINN-DIXIE, DESPEREAUX, TIGER! ”
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May 26, 2020

“Our family gets to get together with Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Dutch House) after words from Joan Didion. ”
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May 27, 2020

“Our get together with great critic, Proust biographer, Roth memoirist, and his own, Benjamin Taylor. First, a Roth read: ”
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May 28, 2020

“A reading from classic sports bio, VEECK—AS IN WRECK, then classic sport himself, Andrew Zimbalist (CIRCUS MAXIMUS) ”
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May 29, 2020

“Our family opens with a poem about a poodle on a busy day, then craves to hear from you! ”
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May 30, 2020

“Wow. We get together with @jennyhan tonight, to talk writing YA. We open with a reading about young love—wormy ”
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May 31, 2020

“We’ll open with a reading from Sontag’s THE VOLCANO LOVER, then our family gets together with Arlene Alda (JUST KIDS…) ”
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June 1, 2020

“Our family shares a bit from a French story about a blue dog then—the Bard of Card books, @sandyboynton: ”
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June 2, 2020

“Our family will open with a reading from THE WELL OF LONLINESS,then @tomfriedman ”
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June 3, 2020

“Oscar Wilde & Patti Smith! Poet Laureate of Punk talks Wilde’s De Profundis (lyrical intro to new @foliosociety edition ”
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June 4, 2020

“All the questions you’d like to ask from the author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, Anthony Doerr. After Ellison ”
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June 5, 2020

“A D-Day anniversary reading, then our family gets together with the wise @StepCarter to talk about law, lit, and times ”
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June 6, 2020

“Happy Birthday Gwendolyn Brooks! We’ll read one of her poems, then hope to hear from you about what’s moved you! ”
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June 7, 2020

“1984’s anniversary. We’ll read an excerpt, then our family gets together with Carlos Eire (WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA) ”
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June 8, 2020

“A reading from Baldwin’s GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, than @azarnafisi of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN. Our fam to yours! ”
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June 9, 2020

“A reading from Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, then a great young novelist, @MeghaMaj, joins our family to talk about art & place ”
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June 10, 2020

“A reading about US Grant, then our family gets to welcome back Elizabeth Samet (A SOLDIER’S HEART) to talk names, statue ”
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June 11, 2020

“Tonight—readings from a humorist I may need to introduce, Richard Armour (AMERICAN LIT RELIT) You can then join us! Live ”
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June 12, 2020

“A reading from Jan Morris’ CONUNDRUM, then we get to meet @gojeanfraziergo to talk PIZZA GIRL and the writing life. ”
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June 13, 2020

“We’ll open with words from Anna Politkovskaya, humorous and telling. Then our family & @juliaioffe, Russia and reading ”
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June 14, 2020

“We read once more from THE FRONT PAGE, then @lisanapoli on UP ALL NIGHT and the key to happiness from Bhutan ”
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June 15, 2020

“Lines from James Thurber, then our family meets today’s Thurber Interpreter, @KeithOlbermann, to talk lit, wit, bball ”
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June 16, 2020

“A piercing reading from MLK from a book I had as a teen. We had a guest; didn’t confirm, but if they call, they’re on! ”
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June 17, 2020

“A reading from Bill Buford, that does not flatter sports fans, then our family gets together with @hbryant42! ”
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June 18, 2020

“A reading from Wilder’s original preface to OUR TOWN, then our family welcomes @HESherman great critic, editor, etc “
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June 22, 2020

“A poem from a surprising source, then a certifiable genius @agordonreed on TJ, Hemings, biography, lit, and law “
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June 23, 2020

“A reading of one of my fave Sondheim lyrics and words from him, then @BobbyRiversTV on films, lit, lyrics “
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June 24, 2020

“A reading, then @SamanthaJPower on the writing life, memoir, and family “
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June 25, 2020

“We’ll read from Hem’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, then our family gets together w/ @bill_buford (DIRT) to talk lit, food, family “
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June 26, 2020

“A reading from The Diary of a Young Girl, a family message, a reading from an interview tomorrow, and yr questions: “
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June 29, 2020

“On #TipYourCap2020 a reading about a day for 42, and the real BoSox curse. Then @arshaycooper A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING “
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July 1, 2020

“On the anniversary of my mother’s death, I’ll just read some words from Unforgettable, inc. her fashion pronouncements. “
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July 2, 2020

“Family watching Hamilton. But I’ll shamelessly promote tomorrow’s show, upcoming readings, and show you home studio. “
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July 3, 2020

“On the 4th, we’ll read from @halseandersons grrreat novel, CHAINS. An important chapter in our family, too. “
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July 6, 2020

“A reading from the open of SUNNYSIDE PLAZA. We’ll take any questions, and hope to be joined by Elise, Paulina, and Wyett “
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July 7, 2020

“Our family welcomes Dr. Michele Harper (THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING) doctors, healing, words. Elise, Wyett, P-you there? “
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July 8, 2020

“Our family gets to meet Ron Stallworth (THE BLACK KLANSMAN) tonight—what a story! Elise asks your questions! “
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July 9, 2020

“Readings from David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue & Charlie Kaufman’s Antkind—and a little shameless promotion for our show: “
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July 10, 2020

“Just a man reading his book on our Open Book. Join us to meet Sally Miyake and her friends at SUNNYSIDE PLAZA! “
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July 13, 2020

“Our family so honored to join @Andrew_Solomon on we’re all feeling, “far from the tree” these days “
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July 14, 2020

“We look forward to playing @BCDreyer’s new game, STET! with him. Wait–he must already know the answers! Write gooder! “
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July 15, 2020

“Our family welcomes Erica Heller, to talk ONE LAST LUNCH. Who would you invite? Figure from history—or someone you miss? “
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July 16, 2020

“Around these times of 25 year since the losses and crimes of the war in Bosnia, I’ll read the open of PRETTY BIRDS: “
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July 17, 2020

“An Open Book right now—to go over tomorrow’s show. Join us, if you can! “
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July 20, 2020

“We read a scriptural verse to mark the remarkable life and gift of John Lewis: “
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July 21, 2020

“We share the story of the zebra that came to live on our balcony. We hope you like the first 1/3 of Stripey’s Story! “
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July 22, 2020

“Part II of our unread (til now) story of Stripey, the zebra who came to live on our balcony. Do you like it? Let us know “
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July 23, 2020

“On Hem’s birthday, we’ll read from A FAREWELL TO ARMS, then, the conclusion of Stripey’s story. Tell us what you think! “
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July 24, 2020

“A reading from the animal welfare classic, DOMINION, then our family tells us about Daisy’s session with a pet psychic! “
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July 27, 2020

“We read from my stepfather’s copy of the speech Gov. Adlai Stevenson gave to welcome delegates to Chicago, July 23 1952. “
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July 28, 2020

“On this first night of the 2020 Cubs season, we’ll read a section from MY CUBS about the show of the park itself- “
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July 29, 2020

“On our family movie night (maybe yours, too!) we’ll read from Pauline Kael about what can go into a great movie: “
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July 30, 2020

“How do you call a great game without a crowd? Our guest, the great @JasonBenetti will tell us—but running late. Fill! “
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July 31, 2020

“Okay now—let’s play Stet! With the great @BenjaminDreyer. And take your questions! “
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August 2, 2020

“A truly OPEN BOOK: I read revisions of our story of Stripey, the zebra on our balcony. The process laid bare. Like it?”
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August 3, 2020

“A reading from Great Shakes, then our family welcomes @austintichenor of @reduced to talk Shakespeare McNuggets”
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August 4, 2020

“Our family welcomes @robkugler (A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL) to talk about how animals can connect, us, too.”
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August 5, 2020

“Our family gets together with the extraordinary poet/mortician Thomas Lynch (THE DEPOSITIONS) to talk about the poetry o”
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August 6, 2020

“We’ll read from John Hersey, then promo tomorrow’s show, including two great writers (David Sheff, Nate Marshall):”
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August 8, 2020

“A reading from MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, then true family Open Book w/ our friend @BeschlossDC to talk VP’s and history.”
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August 9, 2020

“Our family welcomes @LarryTye to talk about writing an artful biography of a brute (DEMAGOGUE) And worm update!”
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August 10, 2020

“Our family gets together @david_sheff (THE BUDDHIST ON DEATH ROY, BEAUTIFUL BOY) to talk about writing, addiction,family”
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August 11, 2020

“A Plimpton reading, then our family asks @ajjacobs–how do you do all that stuff?”
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August 12, 2020

“A reading from Sandburg, then our family will hear those same echoes in the poems of @illuminatemics. Join us!”
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August 13, 2020

“Tonight, a reading from Eric Weiner’s book on (dead) philosophers and—pictures of Stripey!”
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August 14, 2020

“I’ll be finishing up interview with RZA of Wu Tang Clan during Open Book time tonight, so we’ll come in to talk show!”
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August 16, 2020

“Family movie night w/ Sam Wasson (THE BIG GOODBYE; FOSSE, etc.) to talk films and yr opinions. Contact us!”
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August 17, 2020

“Our family meets @CarinBerger (author, illustrator THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF, A PERFECT DAY) to talk art and lit-“
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August 18, 2020

“Wow. Our family (and you) get to have magic moments with @MrTeller on our Open Book!”
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August 19, 2020

“Our family gets to meet Madeleine Ryan to speak of writing novels with and seen through autism, A ROOM CALLED EARTH.”
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August 20, 2020

“Our family meets @KathleenMRooney (CHER AMI AND MAJOR WHITTLESEY) to talk about literature from a pigeon’s point of view”
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August 21, 2020

“A short reading from one of my books! WINDY CITY, between conventions, then promo for tomorrow’s show, and pandas!”
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August 23, 2020

“Our family will continue our reading and invite you to join us in that—and marking Daisy’s birthday!”
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August 24, 2020

“FREE THERAPY! Our family gets together w/ @LoriGottlieb1 (MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE) to talk about getting throug”
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August 25, 2020

“A reading from a classic, then we get together w/ @MegWClayton (THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON) to talk novels from history-“
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August 26, 2020

“A reading from Simone deB, the our family greets @Eric_Weiner (SOCRATES EXPRESS) to talk philosophy, trains, life, lit:”
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August 27, 2020

“Our family gets together with most luminary lit personage yet: @stu_rush, who did a 4 minute story & set off an incident”
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August 28, 2020

“Our family gets together with @AskingAmy? What vital life questions do you need answered?”
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August 31, 2020

“Aug 31: my mother’s birthday. Our family’s Open Book will open one of mine: UNFORGETTABLE. My mother & Lar Daly:”
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September 1, 2020

“A reading from Kael on movie glamor, then @MarkHarrisNYC (PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION) on film lit and future.”
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September 2, 2020

“Anniversary gift for my wife: our family gets together w/ @ariannahuff (THRIVE, etc.) to talk about life in our times:”
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September 3, 2020

“Our family w/ Patricia Morrisroe (THE WOMAN IN THE MOONLIGHT), w/ the story behind the music, the woman and the man:”
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September 4, 2020

“Yes–our family gets to look at and talk pandas and other wonderful creatures w/ @Amivee!”
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September 5, 2020

“A reading from Alan Seeger, than our family & @HaroldHolzer (Presidents vs. the Press) on old antagonisms.”
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September 6, 2020

“On this Labor Day weekend, I’ll read from my intro to the @foliosociety reissue of Studs Terkel’s class WORKING”
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September 7, 2020

“For Labor Day, our family will read from Whitman’s SONG FOR OCCUPATIONS. And then, enlist your opinion on a title:”
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September 8, 2020

“Our family meets–The Crime Lady! @sarahw (UNSPEAKABLE ACTS, THE REAL LOLITA) to talk crime lit and life. Yeow!”
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September 9, 2020

“Our family couldn’t really vacation. But we meet @conorknighton (LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS) for his tour of national parks.”
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September 13, 2020

“Our lucky family kicks off Saturday movie night w/ Sam Wasson (BIG GOODBYE, 5TH AVE, 5AM, etc) to talk CA movies”
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September 14, 2020

“Our family, still damp from swim, gets together w/ @bonnietsui (WHY WE SWIM) to talk swim lit, Chinatowns, & General Ts”
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September 15, 2020

“We read from THE PRISONER OF 2ND AVENUE (Neil Simon, no relation, darn) from a period of previous anxiety. Laughs and…”
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September 16, 2020

“We’ll read a little more from Neil Simon’s THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE—and ask for your help on an interview:”
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September 17, 2020

“On our Open Boo,, we open Rewrites, Neil Simon’s memoir, to tell how he wrote the end of THE PRISONER OF 2ND AVE”
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September 19, 2020

“On family movie night, we talk sports flicks w/ @TomGoldmanNPR RBG Tribute Edition (LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, etc.)”
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September 23, 2020

“We read a poem, then meet a genius (besides my wife) @ProfSaraSeager (THE SMALLEST LIGHTS IN THE UNIVERSE) Are we alone”
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September 24, 2020

“Tonight, I read about Gale Sayers from my own HOME AND AWAY. A great player, star, and man. RIP and thanks.”
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September 27, 2020

“A reading from Teddy White then family gets to meet great novelist Tom Perrotta (ELECTION; LITTLE CHILDREN) life & lit”
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September 28, 2020

“Our family meets @RebeccaSkloot (THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS) to talk about science lit & responsibilities now.”
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September 30, 2020

“Great dog poems by Collins and Parko, then our family w/ @DogUmwelt (OUR DOGS, OURSELVES) on canine lit. Daisy included!”
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October 1, 2020

“Tonight, with family at the barn, we’ll read from Dorothy Parker’s great @ParisReview interview (I first read as a kid!)”
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October 3, 2020

“Our family gets together with @getnicced (DEAR JUSTYCE) to talk about her great YA novel began w/ texts, and lit:”
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October 4, 2020

“Reading from Bouton, then our family greets @EmilyNemens (THE CACTUS LEAUGE) to talk MLB, bball lit, @parisreview”
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October 5, 2020

“Our family gets together with John Kelly (SAVING STALIN, THE GREAT MORTALITY), on writing history in our times.”
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October 6, 2020

“Our family plays Boom Again w/ Brian Hersch (Taboo, Super Scattergories). Please help! And how do you design games?”
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October 7, 2020

“We’ll read from Herman Wouk’s THE CAINE MUTINY. What happened to those strawberries, anyway?”
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October 8, 2020

“With family at the barn, we read another scene from Herman Wouk’s THE CAINE MUTINY. Where are those damn strawbe-“
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October 11, 2020

“Our family gets to play Boom Again with Brian Hersch again—and we need your help!”
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October 12, 2020

“A reading from T. White, then our lucky family gets together w/ fab historian @HaroldHolzer (PRESIDENTS VS. THE PRESS)”
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October 13, 2020

“A reading from @riva_lehrer’s amazing memoir GOLEM GIRL, then our family gets together with the author/artist.”
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October 16, 2020

“On a night of dueling town halls, a reading on teevee political broadcasts from the classic THE LAST HURRAH by O’Connor”
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October 18, 2020

“Lucky family get together with Ann Patchett & Robin Preiss Glasser for ESCAPE GOAT! What a collaboration!”
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October 19, 2020

“We read from Jan Morris, peerless stylist, on NYC, the our family greets @theurbanologist to talk cities, haiku, times”
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October 20, 2020

“A reading from Sorenson’s KENNEDY, then our fam meets @MarkSalter55 (THE LUCKIEST MAN) to talk speech lit, life lesson”
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October 21, 2020

“A reading from Art Buchwald on the old IHT in Paris, then we introduce the distinguished BarryBlitt (NY’er cartoonist)”
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October 23, 2020

“I’ve got a WBEZ zoom appearance to make (will send a link on Twitter) but wanted to read from Buchwald’s Paris memoir”
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October 24, 2020

“With the fam at the barn, another reading tonight from Art Buchwald’s wonderful I’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS. Romantic passage”
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October 25, 2020

“We’ll read more of Buchwald’s Paris memoir (on the joys of demonstrations), and promo tomorrow morning’s show:”
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October 25, 2020

“We read a hilarious note from Umberto Eco, then our fam gets together w/ @marshalederman to talk about fave screen & lit”
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October 26, 2020

“A reading from Doggy-Dog World by Hilary Leichter from the TINY NIGHTMARES collection—and Daisy’s reply haiku!”
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October 27, 2020

“A reading from Neil Simon on mental health & fam welcomes friend @opinion_joe (“All The Devils Are Here,” etc.)!”
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October 28, 2020

“A poem, Numbers, by Mary Cornish. Then our family joins on @profkeithdevlin to talk the poetry of numbers”
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October 29, 2020

“In TINY NIGHTMARES @TheLincoln says, “fear made humans.” We’ll talk about short horror lit w/ our fam and a master.”
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October 30, 2020

“A reading from T. White from 1960, then Paul Kendrick on writing a book that begins with an MLK/JFK story:”
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November 1, 2020

“A poem by Martha Hollander, then to commemorate my great old editor, Dan Menaker, I’ll read from novel PRETTY BIRDS:”
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November 2, 2020

“A long promised Open Book reading from Mann’s Buddenbrooks, and then—unveiling an attempt at a novel…”
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November 3, 2020

“I’ll read Election day Section from THE LAST HURRAH on our Open Book (w/ Irish accent to make me late mither cringe)”
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November 4, 2020

“A poem by Langton Hughes, then our family welcomes @StepCarter (EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK, BACK CHANNEL, etc.) to talk times”
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November 5, 2020

“We’ll read an unexpected section from Buchwald’s I’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS—on adoption…”
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November 6, 2020

“We’ll read an unexpected section from Buchwald’s I’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS—on adoption…”
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November 8, 2020

“A reading from ADVISE & CONSENT, then our family plays @TheBoomAgain with Brian Hersch, the inventor. Join us!”
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November 9, 2020

“A question for Alex, then our family meets @CarlosLozadaWP (WHAT WERE WE THINKING). How do you read 150 books?”
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November 10, 2020

“An inadvertent kickoff of a literary game, then our fam welcomes @specterm (FAUCI, DENIALISM) to talk about his art.”
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November 11, 2020

“Tonight, to mark Veteran’s Day, we read from Stephen Crane’s THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. Has a surprising history!”
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November 12, 2020

“An opening line from Heller, then our family meets @susieyyang (WHITE IVY) to talk road from pharmacy to tech to writing”
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November 13, 2020

“With fam at barn, we crave your reaction to what could, might, maybe will be a novel in the making. Tell us!”
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November 14, 2020

“A promo for tomorrow’s show (but how do we top last week’s presidential winner?) A reading from SHUGGIE BAIN:”
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November 15, 2020

“A special Open Book tonight in which our family talks about what it means to us…”
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November 16, 2020

“Our family welcomes @jimrossmeskimen to talk about the art of imitation–voice, manner, phrases–in sate & fakes”
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November 17, 2020

“A reading from TH White in 1968, then our family meets @TimAlberta (AMERICAN CARNAGE) to talk the art of writing history”
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November 18, 2020

“A reading from EB White on America, then our family with @teruclavel on WORLD CLASS, her family’s education in Asia”
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November 19, 2020

“A reading from JK Galbraith, then our family meets another witty econ, @JustinWolfers to talk the narrative of economics”
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November 20, 2020

“On family barn night, I’ll read a little more from working novel, WINS, LOSSES, AND SAVES—to hear what you think!”
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November 22, 2020

“Our family misses theatah, so we welcome @HESherman (ANOTHER DAY’S BEGUN) to talk us through great films about stage.”
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November 23, 2020

“Our family gets together with Douglas Stuart (SHUGGIE BAIN) Booker prize winner. How do you turn trauma into art?”
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November 24, 2020

“Short reading tonight (alas, I have a Zoom appearance) from PERESTROIKA IN PARIS by Jane Smiley. Charm equinified!”
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November 25, 2020

“Another barn night—may I please read more from WINS, LOSSES, AND SAVES, the developing baseball novel?”
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November 26, 2020

“On tonight’s Open Book Caroline Richard Simon will recommend a book (alas, probably not one of mine). French?”
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November 27, 2020

“We’ll read a holiday scene, then welcome our friends the ⁦@MarcSchulmanChi @ElisCheesecake Say hello & let me thank all!”
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November 27, 2020

“Our promo for tomorrow’s show—and we’ll open a couple of your presents—and read some Yeats!”
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November 27, 2020

“Recording this week’s essay on Yeats’ SECOND COMING, then our show’s billboards:”
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November 29, 2020

“We’ll read from @Pontifex eloquent letter, then fam welcomes @JamesMartinSJ to talk–holiday films!”
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November 30, 2020

“We’ll read a post from Emily (uh, get it?), then our family meets w/ @HottyCouture to talk fashion & THE WAY WE WED.”
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