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.
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John Irving explains why The Last Chairlift will be his last long novel
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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.
What's next for the war in Ukraine, Reporter Maggie Haberman, Author John Irving, Memes and democracy
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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
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.
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!
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