Archives For *Conversations*

 

James Baldwin

Today is the birthday of James Baldwin, one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce his work.

If you want to read his work, we recommend
starting with   The Fire Next Time

[ Other Books by James Baldwin ]

 
Continue Reading…

 

This debut novel is one of
the best new books of this week

 

The Incendiaries:
A Novel

R.O. Kwon

Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]

 

“A story about spiritual uncertainty and about the fierce and undisciplined desire of her young characters to find something luminous to light their way through their lives.”
– Maureen Corrigan, NPR

 

Listen to a superb interview that the novelist 
did with NPR’s Renee Montagne:

Continue Reading…

 

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, John Philip Newell,
The World of Used Books, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

<<<<< The Previous Vital Conversations Post

 
Continue Reading…

 

TODAY marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth…
 
This new collection of his prison letters has just been released for the occasion…

The Prison Letters
of Nelson Mandela

Compiled and Edited by
Sahm Venter

Hardback: Liveright, 2018
Buy Now:
Amazon ] [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]

 

NPR interviewed the editor of this collection.
LISTEN Now:

Continue Reading…

 

OtherWISE podcast

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Bibliotherapy, Poetry, ERB Editor Chris Smith,
Dominique Gilliard, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

<<<<< The Previous Vital Conversations Post

Continue Reading…

 

I’ve recently been digging into one of Alasdair MacIntyre’s recent books (that somehow slipped past our radar)
 

Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity:
An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative
Alasdair MacIntyre

Hardback: Cambridge UP, 2016
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Our Intro Guide to
MacIntyre’s AFTER VIRTUE

 
I turned to MacIntyre to help me understand the desires we have has humans and where they come from. Those familiar with MacIntyre’s work will not be surprised to find that his exploration of these questions winds its way back in history through St. Thomas Aquinas to Aristotle. It has been very helpful for me to follow this trajectory, and I thought it might also be helpful for some of our readers. 

[ MacIntyre ]  [ Aquinas ]  [ Aristotle ]

 
 
Continue Reading…

 

An excellent new book on the present economic situation for families in the United States:
 

Squeezed:
Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart

Hardback: Ecco, 2018.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]
 
 

Listen to an excellent NPR interview with the author…
(Interviewed by Terry Gross of All Things Considered)

Continue Reading…

 

Carlo Petrini

Tomorrow, June 22, is the birthday of Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement… 

 

In honor of his birthday, here are a few brief video clips which serve as a fine introduction to his work… 

 

*** Carlo Petrini is the author of 
numerous books, including:
Slow Food: The Case for Taste and 
Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair

On Slow Food
and Terra Madre:

Continue Reading…

 

One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Room to Dream: A Memoir
David Lynch / Kristine McKenna

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]
 
 
David Lynch was interviewed about this book
on NPR this week.  Give it a listen:
Continue Reading…

 

Frank Wilczek

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Frank Wilczek, Jen Hatmaker,
David Sedaris, Bonnie Kristian, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

< <<<< The Previous Vital Conversations Post

 
Continue Reading…