The Writer and the Critic: Episode 26

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This last episode of The Writer and the Critic for 2012 sees your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, sink their teeth into non-fiction. But first they give a friendly shout-out to the brand spanking new podcast from Sean Wright, Adventures of a Bookonaut — to which you should all go and listen right now — as well as the entertainingly erudite Ambling Along the Acqueduct blog. (Kirstyn’s brand spanking new novel, Perfections, might also garner a wee mention.) The duo then become embroiled in a debate about critics and authors and whether one person can or even should wear both hats, as well as whether or not critics need to take the feelings of authors into consideration — regardless of what kind of spiffy headwear either of them might be donning at the time.

The books up for discussion this month are Evaporating Genres, a collection of essays by Gary K. Wolfe (beginning 35:20), and James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, a biography by Julie Phillips (1:03:50). This thoughtful essay by Jonathan McCalmont is mentioned and, in the spirit of Alice Sheldon, Ian promises to begin writing Letters of Appreciation to authors whose work he has enjoyed. We will follow him up on this next year!

Evaporating Genres and James Tiptree Jr

There are no real spoilers here but if you have skipped ahead, then please tune back in at 1:39:50 for some closing remarks and (belated) holiday well-wishes.

And now for the sad news … The Writer and the Critic is on hiatus for a couple of months and won’t be back until March 2013. The good news is that will give you plenty of time to read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Hopefully it will give Kirstyn and Ian plenty of time as well!

Thanks to everyone who listened to The Writer and the Critic during 2012. Ian and Kirstyn love you all to bits and look forward to talking at you a whole lot more in 2013!

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3 Comments

  1. You two made me blush. Thank you very much for the mention and for the segment break that you did. And I loved this episode and your discussion on first authors and criticism reminded me of something that I will have to relate to you two when we meet up again in person.

    • I shall look forward to that anecdote!

      • Let’s just say there’s a difference between an author who is competent writing a first book and the type of person who at 18 says, look I didn’t need to do a creative writing degree to be published, where published is paying a company 100 dollars to format your work for amazon and a pod publisher.


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