In a recent essay in the New York Review of Books, Tim Parks contrasted E.L. James, who wrote "50 Shades of Grey," with Haruki Murakami, a more critically-acclaimed literary novelist. Parks wrote that both addressed "the individuals need to negotiate the most intimate relationships in order to get the most from life without losing independence and selfhood." Wow. You could argue that about sixty-percent of serious literature is about that.
Today, our guests are three authors who have written three very different kinds of books but all three of them address the individual's need to negotiate the most intimate relationships in order to get the most from life without losing independence and selfhood.
- Brian Slattery is a freelance writer and the author of several books including “Lost Everything” and most recently, “The Family Hightower.” He’s also an editor for the New Haven Review and a musician with Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps
- Lev Grossman is the author of “Warp,” “Codex,” and, most recently, a trilogy of books including “The Magicians,” “The Magician King” and the final book, “The Magician’s Land.” He’s also the book critic at Time magazine
- Ruth Crocker recently released her first book, “Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War”
- “We Call Upon The Author To Explain” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- “Writer’s Block” by Fatlip
- “Write Your Story” by Sara Masterson