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Christian Lorentzen

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Remsen Street Rawdog (ft. Christian Lorentzen and Krithika Varagur)

Our Struggle

After six years apart, Lauren and Drew reunite in the Den of the Wizard of Remsen Street (noted literary critic Christian Lorentzen) to produce [sic] an episode that some will call unlistenable and others mumblecore. They bear witness to the completion of a new Lorentzen piece (“I’m going to see my editor at the bar later,” he says). Lauren fiddles fruitlessly with wires and mics she picked up from a listener/new friend serendipitously named Gunnar in Williamsburg,  Drew sprawls out on the couch with an old Spanish guitar, and Christian's neighbor and pod supplicant Krithika Varagur shows up with salted licorice. Lorentzen, ever the solicitous host, supplies the discussants with Pepsi (Mexican, mid-century sugar), coffee (Chemex, poured over paper towel) and Miss Vickie’s chips.  You are listening to an excerpt of what was in fact a deep, deep--geologically deep--hang: Drew and Krithika bonded over incest and heroin in the work of Edward St. Aubyn, Lauren smoked Lorentzen’s Camel Blues, and the critic himself typed away and commented on the mingling of smoke and afternoon sunlight in his study. In a state of classic Our Struggle delirium, Drew and Lauren finally vowed to face that evening’s bar hang without chemical aid--raw-dogging life, as the kids say. In that vulnerable, intimate and perhaps diseased spirit, we humbly present our first-ever in-the-flesh episode, REMSEN STREET RAWDOG with Christian Lorentzen and Krithika Varagur --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/support

1hr 31mins

4 Aug 2021

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A Literary Analysis of Recent American History (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Christian Lorentzen)

Bloggingheads.tv

Christian on gothic, sentimental, and ironic strains in recent US history ... Biden the pre-Boomer sentimentalist ... Trump as a postmodern gothic figure ... Why the gothic and the sentimental are two sides of the same coin ... Aryeh: It turns out that irony is never actually dead ... Who is the Great American Boomer novelist? ... Christian's review of Hunter Biden's memoir ...

1hr

17 Jun 2021

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A Literary Analysis of Recent American History (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Christian Lorentzen)

Culturally Determined

Christian on gothic, sentimental, and ironic strains in recent US history ... Biden the pre-Boomer sentimentalist ... Trump as a postmodern gothic figure ... Why the gothic and the sentimental are two sides of the same coin ... Aryeh: It turns out that irony is never actually dead ... Who is the Great American Boomer novelist? ... Christian's review of Hunter Biden's memoir ...

1hr

17 Jun 2021

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Episode 81: Sidney Lumet with Special Guest Christian Lorentzen

Silver Screen Video

This week at the Silver Screen Video we are happy to have brilliant book critic Christian Lorentzen on the show. You can find Christian on Twitter @xlorentzen and his website https://www.lrb.co.uk/contributors/christian-lorentzen. In this episode we discuss Sidney Lumet and a few of his films. Hope you guys enjoy. Don't forget to check out our new Patreon to get access to The Silver Screen Video After Dark and more. Link is below for all our social media. https://linktr.ee/silverscreenvideo $3 Tier- Access to Silver Small Screen Video $5 Tier- Access to Silver Small Screen Video and Silver Screen Video After Dark $10 Tier- Access to both of the above tiers and you get to pick the film or film topic we discuss on an episode. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to email at silverscreenvideopodcast@gmail.com with any comments or thoughts. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram @silverscreenvideopodcast or Twitter @SilverVideo--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/silverscreenvideo/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/silverscreenvideo/support

1hr 9mins

19 May 2021

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Parquet Elegy (ft. Christian Lorentzen)

Our Struggle

Our Struggle returns, and this time with highly prestigious guest Christian Lorentzen! In addition to being our new token Gen X friend, Christian is a famous literary critic whose work appears regularly in Harper's, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and other high falutin venues. He has not only reviewed book 6 of My Struggle for TLS but SMOKED CIGARETTES WITH THE MAN HIMSELF during an interview for New York magazine.  In this episode we discuss one of the most memorable passages of My Struggle book 1, the beer on the hill saga. If you would like to read along this passage starts at roughly page 62 in kindle and page 56 in analog. cheat sheet: 1:00 - Christian recounts his meeting with KOK and confirms that the man is indeed six and a half feet tall. Also: some NYC literary world color including horny Jeffrey Eugenides 13:22 - We start discussing the amazingly mundane hero's journey that takes up about 20% of this book, of teen Karl Ove smuggling beer to a new year's eve party. How does this section fit into the paradigm Christian outlines for us about the transition in contemporary literature, over the past few decades, from romanticism with a leg in fantasy to romanticism of the banal? Also, some meta-critical discussion of how Knausgaard became an international literary sensation, in light of Christian's infamous 2019 meta critical essay in Harper's 45:30 - Touching off from Knausgaard's description of the "hostile" rooms in the family home, we get into an interesting discussion of what might be called Knausgaardian essentialism - his technique of trying to make something of nothing by probing the essences of both people as well as inanimate objects as mundane as gravel.  1:08:00 - We discuss the parquet factory as a motif in this book and get nostalgic about light industry. Thank you for listening! And if you would like more of Christian, you can find him on twitter @xlorentzen. He has a piece about Phillip Roth upcoming in the new Bookforum and you can find his piece about literature in the Trump era for Harper's here. As always, would love to hear from listeners - you can DM us on Twitter @OurStrugglePod or reach us at teixeira.lauren@gmail.com or deohringer@gmail.com intro: Guided by Voices - Game of Pricks outro: Guided by Voices- Game of Pricks covered by Andrew Ohringer   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/support

1hr 21mins

5 Feb 2021

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Who really killed Osama bin Laden? Seymour Hersh chats to Christian Lorentzen

Verso Podcast

In 2011, an elite group of US Navy Seals stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his re-election victory the following year. Four years on, Seymour Hersh published a controversial series of essays in the London Review of Books, arguing that the story of that night, was incomplete, or worse, a lie. How realistic is it that Pakistani authorities didn't know bin Laden was living in a compound next to a military academy or have any knowledge of the US military operation?In his book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden, Seymour Hersh presents an electrifying investigation of White House lies about the assassination of Osama bin Laden.In this podcast he discusses the case with his editor at the London Review of Books, Christian Lorentzen.

43mins

11 May 2016

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The Killing of Osama bin Laden: Seymour Hersh talks to Christian Lorentzen

The LRB Podcast

Seymour Hersh talks to Christian Lorentzen about his pieces for the LRB, collected in a new book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden.Read Seymour Hersh in the LRB: https://lrb.me/hershpodSign up to the LRB newsletter: https://lrb.me/acast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

20 May 2015

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A Sense of Direction: Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Sheila Heti and Christian Lorentzen

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Gideon Lewis-Kraus’s memoir A Sense of Direction is an account of three pilgrimages – the Camino de Santiago, a tour of Buddhist temples on the island of Shikoku, and a journey to the tomb of a Hasidic Rabbi in the Ukraine – undertaken in the wake of a family crisis. Gideon was at the shop to talk about pilgrimage, writing and reconciliation with Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? and Christian Lorentzen, senior editor at the London Review of Books. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

28 Feb 2014

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Ben Marcus talks to Christian Lorentzen about his novel The Flame Alphabet, as well as previous works The Age of Wire and String and Notable American Women. Topics covered include online fiction magazines, mathematics, creating a religion, why writing cou

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Ben Marcus talks to Christian Lorentzen about his novel The Flame Alphabet, as well as previous works The Age of Wire and String and Notable American Women. Topics covered include online fiction magazines, mathematics, creating a religion, why writing courses are unfairly criticised, the influence of Borges, encyclopaedias as a source of literary delight and ‘Reader’s Cream’, a lotion Marcus is developing to improve reader sensitivity. Marcus’s latest book is Leaving the Sea. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

23 Apr 2013