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Yale Radio Interview: Losing Helen by Carol Becker
Carol Becker had an interview with Yale Radio!
Listen in on author Carol Becker’s latest interview with Yale Radio, associated with the Museum of Non-visible Art, as she discusses her latest book, Losing Helen.
Click here to listen on the Yale Radio website!
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Bad Stories is OUT NOW! And on this official day of release, one last Bad message:
“You can’t advocate for serious discourse and simultaneously participate in the trivialization of discourse. Or rather, you can. But the story is going to end badly.” (Bad Stories 246).
Steve Almond’s Bad Stories is a reflection on how we, as a country, got here. Read it, devour it, but most importantly, understand it. Only when we’re all on the same page, when we all understand how this came to be, can we move, as Steve likes to say, onward, together.
1 Last Bad Stories Chance!
1 Day left until Bad Stories is released!
Today is the last day for the Goodreads Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win one of 100 copies!
2 ‘Bad’ Blurbs
2 Days left! Is everyone excited for Steve Almond’s Bad Stories? Here are 2 advanced praises to whet your appetite!
(1) “It’s a rare writer who has the power to make one aware in every paragraph of the moral necessity of literature, but in Bad Stories, Steve Almond has done just that. With fierce intelligence, moving candor, and dazzling insight, Almond draws on everything from The Grapes of Wrath to the voting practices of his babysitter to dismantle the false narratives about American democracy that got us into the political pickle we’re in. I was enlightened and spellbound by Bad Stories, outraged and consoled. This is a profound and essential book for all time, but especially for now.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
(2) “Steve, I’m sorry but I’ve completely destroyed my copy of Bad Stories. Seriously, there was something in every chapter that inspired furious underlining or dog-eared pages or the scribbling of hasty notes in the margins. The upside is that I feel like I have a much better grasp of the tortured American psyche. The downside is that I can’t loan the book to anyone, because they’ll think I’m a madman. Thanks for the thrilling read.”
—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
3 ‘Bad’ Reviews
All right readers, get excited! Only 3 more days until Steve Almond’s book Bad Stories comes out. Check out these three fantastic reviews for it!
(1) Publishers Weekly delivers a raving review about Bad Stories. Check it out here.
(2) Portland Mercury discusses Steve Almond’s take on the American Myths that got Trump elected.
(3) A in-depth review from Betsy Robinson about her thoughts and excitement about Bad Stories.
4 ‘Bad’ Interviews
Only 4 more days until Steve Almond’s Bad Stories comes out! Here are 4 interviews to get you excited for its release!
(1) On southflorida.com, Steve talks about his book with contact reporter Jack Cline. They discuss Steve’s thoughts on his book and the different recent events that have happened around the country.
(2) In August of 2003, Steve talks about his previous two books: My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America with bookslut.com.
(3) Steve Almond read from Bad Stories and chatted with Seattle author Peter Mountford and the audience at The Fireside Room at Hotel Sorrento on February 28.
(4) Get to know more about Steve in this article from April 2010 as he talks about himself and his books.
5 ‘Bad’ Influences
5 days to go! Are you excited for Bad Stories?
Steve expertly and poignantly threads literary influences throughout the book, connecting the worlds, words, and lessons of fiction with our own reality. Here are five quotes featured in Bad Stories — and somehow, these quotes mean more now than they ever have before.
(1) “We have never let ourselves think about our being a minority and now it’s hard to get used to the fact.” –John Webb of Ray Bradbury’s short story “And the Rock Cried Out” (featured on page 44 of Bad Stories)
(2) Steve cites a particular scene in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – a botched book club, where the protagonist, Guy Montag, interrupts his wife, Mildred’s, gathering of friends. Mildred and her friends, occupied by the frivolity of around-the-clock on-screen entertainment, cannot fathom when Guy pulls out a contraband poetry book and reads “Dover Beach” aloud. “Mildred is so shaken that she locks herself in the bathroom and downs sleeping pills.” “I often felt a mild version of this dynamic playing out when I tried to talk with friends and relatives and even strangers about the 2016 election,” Steve writes. We’d become so sensitive to discussion of worldly topics, debate, facts, that we, like Mildred, would rather down sleeping pills than face it. (Bad Stories 63)
(3) Steve cites Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness: “Like Bradbury, [Postman] sees the gradual abdication of moral and intellectual rigor as the greatest risk to American democracy. Postman outlines the deterioration of our national standards with such eerie precision that Trumpism comes to seem not only plausible, but inevitable.” (Bad Stories 64)
(4) “It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power or gold. No such tales are told be the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters.” –Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (featured on pages 230-231 of Bad Stories)
(5) “I couldn’t forgive [Tom Buchanan] or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures, and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” –Nick Carraway of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (featured on page 231 of Bad Stories)
6 ‘Bad’ Articles
Can’t wait the 6 days until Bad Stories comes out? Check out these 6 articles that Steve Almond wrote to tide you over until then!
(1) Steve Almond is a frequent contributor to the Globe Magazine. Check out this article he wrote about lies told by the rich in January.
(2) In February, Steve had this to say in the New York Times about sports and how they relate to politics.
(3) Just recently Steve Almond asks what it was like to write a novel 5 years before the Trump candidacy ever existed. This article helps you get an insight on that. Also, check out the second article that Steve wrote about the political comedians Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert.
(4) On February 28, read an exciting conversation between Steve Almond and William Giraldi with the Los Angeles Review of Books. It is sure to start a conversation of your own about the politics of today.
(5) An online exclusive, Steve Almond gives us an excerpt from his book Bad Stories. It talks about how stories makes us feel and how they shape what we think.
(6) Learn more about Steve Almond in this article he wrote in Southwest The Magazine about his love for the game of pinball and its revival.
7 ‘Bad’ Events
To kick off our countdown to Steve Almond’s Bad Stories, here are 7 events that he will be attending around the country!
(1) Steve Almond and Mitchell Kaplan @Books and Books in Coral Gables | Monday, March 26, 8:00p.m.
Please join Steve Almond and Mitchell Kaplan for an exciting interview about his new book! Bad Stories tries to explain what happened in the 2016 Presidential election and why the outcome was not as surprising as everyone thinks it was. Click here for more info.
(2) Steve Almond and Alastair Moock @ Porter Square Books | Monday, April 2, 7:00p.m.
You’re in for a musical treat with Steve and musician Alastair Moock! It will be a night for reading, agitation and protest music. Here is a link for more details.
(3) Book Talk with Colin McEnroe @ Real Art Ways | Friday, April 6, 7:30p.m.
Join author Steve and WNPR host Colin McEnroe in a discussion inspired by Almond’s new book: Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country! Click here for more info.
(4) The Muse and the Marketplace with Steve Almond @Park Plaza Hotel | Friday – Sunday, April 6-8
This will be an exciting 3 day writing conference event, where you will hear from authors, literary agents, editors, and other industry professionals. Here is more information about the event. Steve Almond will be speaking at two panels on April 7.
(5) Steve Almond and Ron Currie @ Longfellow Books | Saturday, April 14
An exciting event at Longfellow Books with Steve Almond and Ron Currie. You don’t want to miss it. Click here for more info.
(6) Los Angeles Times Festival of Books @ USC | Saturday, April 21, 1:30p.m. | Free
One of the most exciting book festivals in the country! Meet with authors and celebrities who will be reading and selling their books. Steve will be on an exciting panel called Trump: The First Year with Sarah Kendzior and David Kay Johnston, moderated by Christina Bellatoni! Here is more info.
(7) “Bad Stories” Discussion @ First Church | Sunday, April 22, 10:00a.m.
An in depth discussion with Steve, Reverend Molly, and Marvin K. White on how the stories we listen to, and the sacred and secular stories we choose to remember instead, can shape our souls, our psyches, and our future. Here is more information.