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John Irving

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Latest 5 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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Best of - John Irving: A Literary Life

What It Takes

2022 was a big year for John Irving, the author of "The World According to Garp," "A Prayer for Owen Meany," and "The Cider House Rules." He turned 80, and just recently published The Last Chairlift, his first novel in seven years.  It is 913 pages long and is, he says, the last long book he will ever write. Seemed like a great time to bring back our 2016 episode on John Irving. In it, he talks about why he approaches every book by writing the last sentence first.  And he might just convince you that his uncommon approach is the only one that makes any sense. In this episode, he also opens up about his early life, and reveals how his mysteriously absent father, his learning disability, and his passion for wrestling, all contributed to his success as a writer. Whether you've read every John Irving novel or none, this is a fascinating story about the writing process, and about an author some critics have called the Charles Dickens of our time.

30mins

5 Dec 2022

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John Irving | Republicans Are Already Claiming the Midterms Are Rigged Unless They Win: A Closer Look

Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast

Seth takes a closer look at Republicans continuing to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, intimidating people trying to vote and preemptively claiming that the results must be illegitimate if they lose the midterm elections.Then, author John Irving talks about writing his longest book The Last Chairlift, addressing sexual and gender politics in his novels and writing his 1985 book The Cider House Rules, as a warning of what could happen if abortions were illegal.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

23mins

1 Nov 2022

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John Irving explains why The Last Chairlift will be his last long novel

The Sunday Magazine

John Irving is the acclaimed author of novels including The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp and In One Person. He joins David Common to talk about his latest book The Last Chairlift, why he's drawn to stories about LGBTQ characters and women's rights, and why he can't stop picking on his native United States – even after permanently relocating to Canada and acquiring Canadian citizenship.

26mins

19 Oct 2022

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What's next for the war in Ukraine, Reporter Maggie Haberman, Author John Irving, Memes and democracy

The Sunday Magazine

Guest host David Common dissects the next phase of the war in Ukraine with global affairs analyst Michael Bociurkiw, researchers Joan Donovan and Emily Dreyfuss reveal how internet memes can disrupt democracy, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman ruminates on the making of Donald Trump, and author John Irving discusses why he's drawn to stories about LGBTQ characters and women's rights.Discover more at http://www.cbc.ca/sunday

1hr 30mins

16 Oct 2022

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John Irving Reinvents The Classics

The Book Case

John Irving has written fourteen novels, is working on a fifteenth, has been translated into more than thirty languages, and is one of America’s most popular and beloved authors. If you’ve never read a John Irving novel, how would John suggest you start? What great American writers does he loathe (spoiler alert, one is considered America’s greatest author) and why did John adopt a model for story telling that was more than a century old? And how does he draw readers into his novels so that they will read the whole book? Our conversation with John is a master class on writing, and how he tackles his craft might surprise you.

38mins

26 May 2022

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The World According to Beth and Sam. Just kidding. It’s according to Garp. And John Irving.

Celluloid Pudding: Movies. Film. Discussions. Laughter. History. Carrying on.

In episode #4 of The Celluloid Pudding Podcast, we examine the 1982 film The World According to Garp, and consider some great themes the movie (and the book) throw at viewers. Is it a film ahead of its time? Or a film that time forgot? We aim to find out. Join us!

1hr 1min

13 Jan 2022

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a prayer for owen meany by john irving

how to win the lottery: a book club podcast

bob has called a prayer for owen meany by john irving one of the best books of the 1980s, but re-reading it has elevated that praise. (joey, far less educated and far less well read, would agree.) we discuss the novel's exquisite plotting, the idea of determinism, and the mysteries core to the plot. bob threatens to fight john irving based on an interview that joey talks about, then criticizes joey's accent (or, more directly, his obliviousness) before criticizing his own. we also talk about the big mysteries inherent within a prayer for owen meany, as well as the narrative's biggest villains. joey unknowingly quotes a dictator then tries to coin a new phrase, which bob rejects. we also preview our patreon bonus episode, dropping next week, where we cover simon birch: the film adaptation of a prayer for owen meany.reading list for season onedeath in her hands by ottessa moshfegh, 6/3pizza girl by jean kyoung frazier, 6/17you shall know our velocity by dave eggers, 7/1memories of my father watching tv by curtis white, 7/15a prayer for owen meany by john irving, 7/29colorless tsukuru tazaki by haruki murakami, 8/12any man by amber tamblyn, 8/26ducks, newburyport by lucy ellmann, 9/9open city by teju cole, 9/23never let me go by kazuo ishiguro, 10/7

1hr 26mins

29 Jul 2021

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10 - Sharon Zinns Discusses Cider House Rules by John Irving

Lawterature

Sharon Zinns is a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta Georgia. She has represented clients across the country in a wide range of occupations who developed mesothelioma or other cancers after being exposed to the toxic substance, asbestos. She is licensed in six states, and a bunch of federal courts across the country too. She is badass.  Read more about her work here: http://zinnslaw.com/ You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @zinnslaw We Discussed Cider House Rules by John Irving,  Book: https://john-irving.com/the-cider-house-rules/ Movie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124315/ We also referenced the John Irving Blog, and here is a link to that: https://john-irving.com/

1hr 13mins

2 Apr 2021

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Literary Episode: What is John Irving's best work?

Jagbags

The guys explore a new podcasting topic with a discussion of the literary work of the author John Irving. What books rank as his very best, and what makes his work such interesting reading? Tune in for the bonus story of Len's no-holds-barred interview with the cantankerous Irving, and how they butted heads. Also: Len gets banned from Twitter for quoting Bangles lyrics, listeners provide feedback on their favorite sitcoms, and Beave turns green with envy at Len's podcast-themed dinner spread. Put some #Jagbags in your ear!

1hr 43mins

10 Feb 2021

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John Irving: The Final Exam

Mid Lit

We've come to the end of Season 1, but before we set the bears free forever, we have some great personal John Irving stories to share. From one friend's profound experience with a John Irving commencement speech to writer Rand Cooper's bromance with Irving that spans two continents and at least a decade. (Salman Rushdie and Erica Jong also make cameos!) Theresa and Rebecca also get into everything from their favorite characters to which book Rebecca should read next. And there are plenty of tangents to be explored, so don't miss a minute.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midlit/support

1hr 23mins

26 Jan 2021

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