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Matthew Specktor

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Matthew Specktor’s “Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California”

LA Review of Books

Matthew Specktor, one of the founding editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books, joins Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher to discuss his newest book, Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California. A memoir and cultural history, Always Crashing explores the work and lives of writers, actors, directors, and musicians who straddle the line between success and anonymity, and whose careers, though majestic, still leave questions about what might have been had circumstances or, in many cases, their temperaments, been different. These include the screenwriters Eleanor Perry and Carole Eastman, the novelist Thomas McGuane, the actress Tuesday Weld, and the filmmaker Hal Ashby. The book questions notions of both success and failure, especially as filtered through the distorted prism of Hollywood. It also touches on Matthew’s own experiences growing up and later working in the film industry, his mother’s brief turn as a screenwriter, and his father’s more abiding success as a talent agent. A native of Los Angeles, Matthew draws a vivid portrait of the city, with both love and disdain.Also, Jeanetta Rich, whose first collection of poems, Black Venus Fly Trap, was released in June, drops by to recommend Federico Garcia Lorca's play Blood Wedding.

53mins

20 Aug 2021

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Matthew Specktor's "Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, & Los Angeles, California"

LARB Radio Hour

Matthew Specktor, one of the founding editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books, joins Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher to discuss his newest book, Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California. A memoir and cultural history, Always Crashing explores the work and lives of writers, actors, directors, and musicians who straddle the line between success and anonymity, and whose careers, though majestic, still leave questions about what might have been had circumstances or, in many cases, their temperaments, been different. These include the screenwriters Eleanor Perry and Carole Eastman, the novelist Thomas McGuane, the actress Tuesday Weld, and the filmmaker Hal Ashby. The book questions notions of both success and failure, especially as filtered through the distorted prism of Hollywood. It also touches on Matthew’s own experiences growing up and later working in the film industry, his mother’s brief turn as a screenwriter, and his father’s more abiding success as a talent agent. A native of Los Angeles, Matthew draws a vivid portrait of the city, with both love and disdain. Also, Jeanetta Rich, whose first collection of poems, Black Venus Fly Trap, was released in June, drops by to recommend Federico Garcia Lorca's play Blood Wedding.

53mins

20 Aug 2021

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Matthew Specktor - Always Crashing in the Same Car On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California w/ David Leo Rice

WAKE ISLAND

Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound; a nonfiction book, The Sting; and the forthcoming memoir The Golden Hour (Ecco/HarperCollins). He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. In the intro David and I discuss Michelangelo Antonioni's haunting film The Passenger starring Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. In the interview with Matthew we get into the essence of noir, the dream beyond impact, and the vampiric Lost Highway-esque energy of Los Angeles. We also delve into the psychic undercurrents of LA, the nature of portals, Michael Mann’s Heat, Chinatown, and the complex, conflicting drives that compel us to create art.  "A novelist and critic with a sharp eye for Hollywood blends memoir and cultural critique in this study of classic American failure narratives." ― The New York Times Book Review “The sweeping American Dream Machine by Matthew Specktor is . . . one of the best novels about Los Angeles I have ever read." — Bret Easton Ellis  "A haunting memoir-in-criticism exploring a very certain kind of failure―the Hollywood story. Specktor intricately knits his own losses and nostalgias into a larger cultural narrative of writers and filmmakers whose failures left behind a ghostly glamour. I can’t get it out of my mind." ― Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod   Instagram: @wakeislandpod--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/support

2hr 3mins

5 Aug 2021

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718. Matthew Specktor

Otherppl with Brad Listi

Matthew Specktor is the author of Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California, available from Tin House.Specktor’s other books include the novels That Summertime Sound and American Dream Machine, which was long-listed for the Folio Prize. Born in Los Angeles, he received his BA from Hampshire College in 1988, and his MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 2009. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, The Paris Review, Tin House, Black Clock, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angles Review of Books.***Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.Support the show on PatreonMerchwww.otherppl.com@otherpplInstagram YouTubeEmail the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] comThe podcast is a proud affiliate partner of Bookshop, working to support local, independent bookstores. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr

28 Jul 2021

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Matthew Specktor #150

Drinks with Tony

Matthew Specktor is the author of Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, & Los Angeles, CA. We chat about screenwriting, Tom Cruise, divorce, and the meaning of life. Drinks with Tony is on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and other podcast outlets. It also airs every Thursday evening at 6pm on 101.9 FM, KPCR, Santa Cruz.

53mins

28 Jul 2021

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Matthew Specktor – #59

Drinks with Tony

Matthew Specktor is the author of That Summertime Sound and American Dream Machine. He’s a founding editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and just a damn good person. Enjoy the show. Drinks with Tony is also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other outlets, or listen to it here:

51mins

13 Nov 2019

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Hanya Yanagihara and Matthew Specktor: A Little Life: A Novel

ALOUD @ Los Angeles Public Library

One of the most talked-about books of last year (nominated for the Man Booker Prize and The National Book Award), A Little Life is a profoundly bold epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century. Yanagihara follows the tragic and transcendent lives of four men—an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—who meet as college roommates and move to New York to spend the next three decades adrift, buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Join Yanagihara for an intimate look at this masterful depiction of heartbreak and brotherly love.**Click here for photos from the program.

1hr 9mins

24 Feb 2016

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21: The Sting with Matthew Specktor

Scamapalooza

The Sting is the king of con artist movies and the godfather of every twist happy heist movie from Ocean’s 11 to Matchstick Men. This week on the podcast writer Matthew Specktor talks about the incredible legacy of The Sting, a film that swept the 1973 Academy Award, reteamed Robert Redford and Paul Newman and changed film forever. http://www.mammothaudio.com.au/scamapalooza/

37mins

30 Nov 2015

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Ep. 12: Books by Matthew Specktor, Emily Oster, and David Fromkin are discussed by comedians Scott Boxenbaum, Laura Mannino, and Steve Benaquist.

Book Me, Please!

In this episode we once again cover a wide variety of topics with our books, ranging from what to do (and not do) when pregnant, a look at Hollywood through the eyes of a contemporary novelist, and finally the end of WWI and the creation of the modern middle east. First up is comedian and recent mother Laura Mannino, who brings us the fascinating and controversial pregnancy guide ‘Expecting Better’, by Emily Oster, which attempts to make sense of the mountains of conflicting and often confusing advice heaped on soon-to-be mothers. Next up, comedian and podcaster Scott Boxenbaum brings us a terrific new addition to one of my favorite sub-genres, the “Hollywood Novel”, with his recommendation of ‘American Dream Machine’ by Matthew Specktor. To top it off, Steve Benaquist brings us the incredibly informative and fascinating ‘A Peace To End All Peace’ by David Fromkin, which sheds new light on a centuries old problem that still haunts us today. At once a history book and a story of contemporary politics, this book is simply a must-read for anyone interested in how the modern political world works and how it got that way. It’s heady stuff, but as usual, we make it fun! Give it a listen! Steve Benaquist "A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Modern Middle East” by David Fromkin. - Holt Publishing - ISBN - 10: 0-8050-8809-1 Scott Boxenbaum American Dream Machine - Novel - Matthew Specktor - Tin House Books - ISBN - 978-1-935639-44-2 Laura Mannino "Expecting Better” - By Emily Oster - Penguin 2013 - ISBN - 978-1-59420-475-3

1hr 9mins

3 Jul 2015

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Episode 247 — Matthew Specktor

Otherppl with Brad Listi

Matthew Specktor is the guest. His novel, American Dream Machine, is now available from Tin House.Mona Simpson says"Joan Didion prophesied this novel. In an essay called 'Los Angeles Days,' published in 1992 in After Henry, she wrote that 'Californians until recently spoke of the United States beyond Colorado as 'back east'. If they went to New York, they went 'back' to New York, a way of speaking that carried with it the suggestion of living on a distant frontier. Calfiornians of my daughter's generation speak of going 'Out' to New York, a meaningful shift in the perception of one's place in the world.' Specktor's American Dream Machine may be first literature I've read in which Los Angeles is assumed as London is assumed by Dickens and Paris by Proust and New York by a host of twentieth century American writers. There is nothing ironic, ambivalent, or apologetic about Specktor's relationship to Los Angeles—as it is and was, as myth and as a thriving capitol city. Los Angeles provides an animate pulse under the lives of these men and boys, a source of permanence that lends their struggles gravity and monument."And David Shields raves"American Dream Machine is the definitive new Hollywood novel. The tone, the pace, the details—everything is just amazingly right. The whole book is charged with the kind of necessity I almost never see in novels anymore. Thrilling."Monologue topics: being boring, doing things, my neighborhood, my neighbors, Jamon, listener voicemail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

29 Jan 2014

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