Exciting week. My first book reading in 11 years, at the big Barnes & Noble on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A really nice turnout, which was very gratifying. Earlier in the day I was on the Leonard Lopate show, on WNYC, which no doubt helped draw people to the bookstore (Lopate is a great interviewer), and then I did a taping for the highly-esteemed Michael Eric Dyson, who is hosting a new syndicated show on NPR. It was a pleasure to speak with Dr. Dyson, whose work as an academic and public intellectual I've known going back to my days writing on race and politics. The next day was also something of a thrill because I met Doug Henwood, who hosts "Behind the News," a radio show on WBAI that also airs on KPFA in the SF Bay Area. I've been reading Henwood since first subscribing to The Nation in my early twenties.
Also, two other really fun shows to tell you about. One was a sit down in a cafe near where I live with the incomparable Bat Segundo. Segundo, a one-man traveling recording studio, is a sharp interviewer who did his homework and made for a very interesting and challenging hour. Click here to listen. Also, I'd call this a college homecoming of sort given I was on WNUR, my old college radio station, except the host, Chuck Mertz, does a show called "This is Hell," and I don't remember anything like that in my time in Evanston. "Four hours of completely uninterrupted unedited blah blah blah," Mertz says of his show, and then he quote Noam Chomsky. "THIS IS HELL is a voice of sanity on talk radio." Responds Mertz: "After you listen, you'll know why we think Noam's gone insane." Click here for a listen.