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A Phone Call From Paul

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You have reached Literary Hub's aural department. Because sometimes the words are better when they're out of your head. More at LitHub.com.

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Thought provoking and inspiring

By AbirdAndOne - Jun 22 2019
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So glad these are back! Fantastic phone interviews with writers and artists, I love the wandering nature of these discussions and the structure that Paul gives them. His love of great writing makes me want to read more things! Some of my absolute favorites are with Alexander Chee, Maggie Nelson, and Adam Phillips.

how about let your guests talk more?

By nvbasta - May 21 2018
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you are talking to some POWERHOUSES sir and you talk over them time & time again. what a shame

iTunes Ratings

32 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
1
1
1
3

Thought provoking and inspiring

By AbirdAndOne - Jun 22 2019
Read more
So glad these are back! Fantastic phone interviews with writers and artists, I love the wandering nature of these discussions and the structure that Paul gives them. His love of great writing makes me want to read more things! Some of my absolute favorites are with Alexander Chee, Maggie Nelson, and Adam Phillips.

how about let your guests talk more?

By nvbasta - May 21 2018
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you are talking to some POWERHOUSES sir and you talk over them time & time again. what a shame

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A Phone Call From Paul

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You have reached Literary Hub's aural department. Because sometimes the words are better when they're out of your head. More at LitHub.com.

Rank #1: A Conversation with Ursula K Le Guin

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In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin on the blurring of fact and fiction, the problem with celebrities, and the anxiety of influence. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Jan 03 2018

49mins

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Rank #2: Alain de Botton, part one.

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In part one of their conversation Alain de Botton and Paul Holdengraber discuss the Romantic fallacies of love, the squickiness of soulmates, and information overload. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Jun 01 2016

21mins

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Rank #3: In Conversation with Junot Diaz

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Junot Diaz talks to Paul Holdengraber about death, pain, the joys of teaching, and the magic of the library. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Oct 27 2016

54mins

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Rank #4: In conversation with John Berger

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John Berger talks with Paul Holdengraber about President Donald Trump, the emptiness of American political commentary, desire, place, and how the hell to keep going.

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Nov 11 2016

26mins

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Rank #5: A Conversation with Wayne Koestenbaum

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In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American poet and cultural critic about Susan Sontag, Marcel Proust, and quote-o-mania. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Mar 01 2018

57mins

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Rank #6: A Conversation with Eileen Myles

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In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American poet about the #MeToo movement, why they applaud hating poetry, and the beautiful devastation of New York City. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Apr 12 2018

39mins

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Rank #7: A conversation with Paul Auster

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Paul Auster talks to Paul Holdengraber about the nature of the unexpected, the nature of the self, and the cruel nature of Donald Trump. Auster's new novel, 4 3 2 1 is available January 31 from Henry Holt.

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Jan 25 2017

35mins

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Rank #8: Alain de Botton, part two.

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In part two of their conversation Alain de Botton and Paul Holdengraber discuss the cultural critic as excavator of ideas, how the French do it better, and the addictive nature of Twitter.

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Jun 08 2016

20mins

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Rank #9: Werner Herzog, part one.

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In part one of Werner Herzog's wide-ranging conversation with Paul Holdengraber, the two discuss the human side of massive volcanoes, making promises to North Koreans, and that thing known as the Internet. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Aug 03 2016

26mins

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Rank #10: A Conversation With Pico Iyer

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In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the essayist and novelist Pico Iyer about the attention economy, the depth and graciousness of Leonard Cohen, and reading Proust on his terrace. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Jul 13 2017

51mins

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Rank #11: A Conversation with Deborah Eisenberg

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In this episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Paul Holdengraber speaks with Deborah Eisenberg on "Bartleby the Scrivener," the dire political state we live in, the virtue (and adventure) that lies in difficulty, the commodification of art, and why she enjoys writing in front of a brick wall. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Aug 30 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: A Conversation with Marlon James

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In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Marlon James about why he hates the word inspiration, why writing is work, and xxx. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Aug 10 2017

49mins

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Rank #13: A conversation with Karl Ove Knausgaard.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard talks to Paul Holdengraber about parenthood, failure, Francis Ponge, Ivan Turgenev, and writing about toothbrushes. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Apr 20 2016

31mins

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Rank #14: A Conversation with Wallace Shawn

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In this episode, Paul Holdengraber talks to the playwright Wallace Shawn about his new book, Night Thoughts, the infinite appetites of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and what's in store for civilization. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Aug 04 2017

53mins

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Rank #15: Margaret Atwood Takes a Phone Call From Paul

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Margaret Atwood talks to Paul Holdengraber about technology, magic, and

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Oct 20 2016

47mins

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Rank #16: A conversation with W.S. Merwin

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W.S. Merwin and Paul Holdengraber discuss the pleasure of literary discovery, the joys of paying attention, and much, much more. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Jan 11 2017

29mins

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Rank #17: Werner Herzog, part two.

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In part two of their conversation, Werner Herzog and Paul Holdengraber discuss the most important things a filmmaker must learn, the (first) time a b-movie cowboy lived in the White House, and the art of forgery. For more, visit LItHub.com.

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Aug 10 2016

25mins

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Rank #18: A Conversation with Rebecca Solnit

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In this episode, Paul Holdengräber talks to the American writer about skipping high school and growing up in California. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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May 10 2018

56mins

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Rank #19: Clive James, part one.

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In which Paul Holdengraber and Clive James discuss youth, death, and almost everything else in between. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Feb 24 2016

25mins

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Rank #20: Elif Batuman, part one.

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In part one of their conversation, Elif Batuman and Paul Holdengraber discuss writers and telephones, moving to New York, and the alienation of the hyphenated identity. For more, visit LitHub.com.

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Apr 06 2016

22mins

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