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Merry and Bright!

I must have been extra nice this year, because Santa hooked me up with some amazing end-of-year goodies:

A rave review of PANORAMA CITY in the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW by the inimitable Adam Ross!*

I’ll be interviewed on Michael Silverblatt’s BOOKWORM on January 3rd (2:30 pm on KCRW and elsewhere) and in perpetuity on the podcast. (I’ve been a fan of this radio show for 20 years and I’m not exaggerating when I say that my encounter with Silverblatt reoriented something inside me for the better. It was straight up therapeutic. More on that in another post.)

The lovely folks at the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE included PANORAMA CITY in their 100 Best Books of 2012.

*Remember: Don’t be fooled by the author photo.

unretouched author photo

What? Another interview?

I know it’s a bit of a one-two punch, but I’ve got another (complimentary, not redundant) interview up (@ The Sound of Young America blog).

New questions, new answers, new insights.

But even if you’re sick of my dog-and-pony…you must check out The Sound of Young America. It’s by far my favorite radio show / podcast. Jesse Thorn (aka “America’s Radio Sweetheart”) is off the hook. Seriously, this show consistently blows Fresh Air out of the water.

You don’t even have to be young to enjoy it!

but do i sound kind of canadian?


Thanks, Ed!


Wilson: Maybe some of the more classical allusions came from the fact that I was reading Don Quixote while I was writing the book.

Correspondent: Oh, okay.

Wilson: And also had only recently realized that Knight Rider was a recapitulation of all those knight errant stories. So I was sort of interested in that kind of thing and…

Correspondent: But, wait, Knight Rider, you say?

Wilson: Yeah, the TV show.

Correspondent: Yeah. The relationship between Knight Rider and Don Quixote.

Wilson: Yeah. Knight Rider, Michael Knight, is a knight errant.

Correspondent: Yes.

Wilson: He roams the countryside looking to perform acts of chivalry for various people on his trusty steed, KITT, and then he’s got his patron, Devlin, and then his woman is totally desexualized — well, she’s sexy, but she’s not sort of in a sexual relationship with him. The other woman on the show.

Correspondent: Bonnie was Dulcinea? Jesus.

The Sound of Young America

Okay, so there’s this radio show / podcast called The Sound of Young America, hosted by young turk / radio tyro / 23-year-old !?! Jesse Thorn, aka America’s Radio Sweetheart. It’s billed as A Radio Show About Things That Are Awesome — and, um, it is.

The sound quality’s not always epic, but the content is consistently top-notch, and guests have included (archive here): Everyone from Bob Odenkirk to George Pelecanos, Andrew WK to They Might Be Giants, Louis CK, Terry Jones, Fred Armisen, Brent Hoff (Wholphin editor), etc. etc.

I keep the thing updated in my itunes, and I always burn a couple of these before a long drive. One of these days I’ll have to send Jesse a couple of bucks for keeping me company on the road.

Does anyone actually listen to this show on the three radio stations broadcasting it? (KSFS 88.1 FM San Francisco, CA, WUSM 88.5 FM Hattiesburg, MS, or KWCW 90.5 FM Walla Walla, WA) I guess the show was out of Santa Cruz for six years…and is now based somewhere else…SF?