The latest two installments of The Bat Segundo Show, a literary podcast featuring interviews with today's contemporary writers, are now up. We talk with Scott Smith and, in collaboration with Pinky's Paperhaus, we present the second of three podcasts for the Autumn 2006 quarter of the Litblog Co-Op. Be sure to check out the LBC site for further information about author George Ilsley.
Mr. Segundo remains missing, having been replaced by the able Pinky and, more frighteningly, by a troubled gentleman named Lionel Silverblatt, who claims kinship to a notable radio interviewer. But we harbor some small hope that he will return to the show that is, after all, his namesake quite soon. There is a quite controversial interview with a major figure set to be released very soon. And Mr. Segundo is drawn to controversy the way that most bipedal ape-descended life forms take in oxygen.
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Here are the details for the next two shows.
Condition of Mr. Segundo: Avoidant of infestations.
Guests: Matt Cheney and George Ilsley
Subjects Discussed: The “arc” of the LBC, small presses, Kinsey, entomological inspiration, language play, relationships, Dan Savage, Queer as Folk, Brokeback Mountain, unexpected audiences, unreliable narrators, insect collections, gall wasps, bed bugs, unique interpretations of Manbug, synesthesia, basing the book’s structure on an evolution of consciousness, Buddhism, sex scenes, footnotes, the correct pronunciation of smriti, and learning through bugs.
(A co-production of the LBC, Pinky’s Paperhaus, and The Bat Segundo Show)
EXCERPT FROM SHOW:
Ilsley: Well, I don’t really declare he has Asperger’s. It’s suggested that maybe he has it. This is an explanation for why he has it. And my point there was that we’re all on this spectrum of behavior. And so maybe he has it. So I really didn’t try to clinically approach it as if he had it. But I did try to approach it as he had difficulty understanding the world. And then most of the book is Sebastian trying to understand the world, repeating what he’s learned. This is his research project. I was inspired by Kinsey.
Author: Scott Smith
Condition of Mr. Segundo: Still missing, replaced temporarily by a windbag.
Subjects Discussed: The addictive nature of The Ruins, insecurity, writing without an outline, making a seemingly preposterous premise believable, Rupert Thomson, on taking things too far, how deadlines help, aborted 1,000 page novels, Michael Moorcock, inserting objects into a narrative, how genre assists in the writing process, archetypal characters, 80s sex comedies, unintentional themes, the international perspective, Stephen King, relying upon the Internet for research, Michiko Kakutani, writing a book without chapter breaks, gore in fiction, the Ruins film adaptation, and working with Sam Raimi.
EXCERPT FROM SHOW:
Smith: There’s a lot to A Simple Plan where people thought there were larger themes attached to it. I don’t write that way. I wouldn’t even know how to go about writing that way. I think that probably there are sentiments that probably are just culturally out there, that get sucked into the writing. Someone said [The Ruins] is a metaphor for the Iraq war, you know, Americans going hubristically out and not knowing the language or the culture and getting into this hellish place. Which sounds great! I wish I thought of that.
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The Bat Segundo Crew