Monday, March 21, 2011

The Marketplace of Ideas

There are so few podcasts worth listening to – Entitled Opinions, In Our Time (unless it's on science), KCRW Bookworm – that is worth drumming out news of a fourth. Colin Marshall's Marketplace of Ideas has been going for a few years but came to my attention only recently when Gabriel Josipovici was interviewed about What Ever Happened to Modernism? If you know of any others of equal quality, please let me know.

Delving into the archives, interviews with Scott Esposito, Robert Harrison and Michael Silverblatt have been excellent company on cycling tours of the Sussex countryside, and I'm hoping Steven Moore talking about his book The Novel: An Alternative History will be too. However, as my journey passes Virginia Woolf's home at Rodmell, I wonder if it will be in keeping with his professed love of long, encyclopaedic novels.

The latest interviewee is Lars Iyer, who you will all know as the blogger of legend and now author of the novel Spurious. The blog of the same name has an overview of the reviews of the novel, even one by a pile of shit.


  1. Anonymous11:13 pm

    Thanks for this. Listening to that Josipovici interview now. I also enjoy 'Start the Week' on Radio 4.

  2. Ah, yes, thanks for the reminder Josh. I did use to subscribe to "Strat the Week" (as I insist on calling it) but found Marr's guests too provocatively philistine and conservative (e.g. David Dimbleby comparing Clive James - another guest - to Montaigne, FFS).

  3. Anonymous7:06 am

    Thanks for the reference to Marketplace of Ideas. I just listened to Lars' interview, and found it quite fascinating--even instructive. THIS SPACE and SPURIOUS were the very first durable literary blogs I found, and stuck with over the last decade. (Variously as Mortimer Shy, Lloyd Mintern, and Edward Williams)

  4. Anonymous7:56 am

    On the BBC world service there is a programme called The Forum ... usually worth listening to.

    Also World Book Club sometimes has authors who have something to say.

    Have put a new name so that comments work, hopefully!

    Will try one under your photo now!

    Thanks for reminding us of Market Place of ideas.

    From sunny Bordeaux



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