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The latest two installments of The Bat Segundo Show, a literary podcast featuring interviews with today's contemporary writers, are now up.

Show #44 runs 38 minutes and 5 seconds and features litblogger Derik Badman and translator Jordan Stump.

Show #45 runs 25 minutes and 59 seconds long and continues our ongoing BookExpo America coverage. This particular installment concentrates on future offerings from publishers and includes reports from a few people who were traumatized after meeting Bat Segundo. (We have one more BEA podcast in the works. Stay tuned!)

The main Segundo site can be found here:

Here are the details for the latest two shows.

Show #44

Authors: Derik Badman and Jordan Stump

Condition of Mr. Segundo: Gone, relieved not to be involved with Bolsheviks

Subjects Discussed: French humor, Jacques Tati, how Stump translates, comic beats, auctorial tone and linguistics, the pros and cons of long sentences, the benefits of reading aloud, translating Verne vs. translating Touissaint, why translators get a bad rap, “Translator Awareness Month,” the influence of commercial interests on translated novels, forgotten French authors.

Show #45

Guests: Paul Slovak
C. Max Magee
Carolyn Kellogg
Anne Moore & Dan Sinker
Lauren Landress
Terrie Akerss
Camille March
Alan Davis

Condition of Mr. Segundo: Showing an unexpected grasp of history.

Subjects Discussed: How Slovak manages Bill Vollmann’s prodigious output, details on Vollmann’s Imperial and the upcoming A.M. Homes memoir, a report on “what Mr. Segundo did last night,” Joe Meno’s The Boy Detective Fails, speculation on the Akashic Noir volumes, self-realization, yoga philosophy, on worshipping a god named “Ralph,” putting the “Other” in Other Press, Michael Tolkin’s The Return of the Player, travel guides, Marshall McLuhan, and having fun over the age of 25.

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Thanks again for listening,

The Bat Segundo Crew

1 comment:

Dwight The Troubled Teen said...


Some shows grab me more than others, but then again... some authors grab me more than others. Par for the course.

For those of you who are more-or-less podcast savvy (and if you aren't, get over it! It's not that complicated.) the best fiction podcast going is Steve Eely's Escape Pod. I never would have thought that I was a science fiction fan before I found that show. Steve buys the rights to only the choicest flash fiction.

Consider it a free Book on CD that magically appears on a Web site every month. If you don't own and iPod, you can still listen to Bat Segundo and the other podcasts through their "home" Web site.

RSS is just a way to programatically suck the podcast from the Web site into your iPod. Don't get hung up on RSS. See just how much quality free fiction is out there for the taking.