Pulp Fiction

May 11, 2008
(was 06.10.2007)

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Part Four

 

Violence, crime, destitution. No so much fun in real life, but in literature they can be divine. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll dive into the world of pulp fiction. From the classic noir novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice" to the gritty under-belly of Nelson Algren's Chicago. Also, the ground-breaking graphic novels of Chris Ware. And the wintry paranoia of one of the fastest-growing new genres: Scandinavian Crime Fiction.

  1. Studs Terkel on Nelson Algren

    Studs Terkel tells Steve Paulson why his friend Nelson Algren is one of America's great literary secrets. Among Terkel's latest books is "Hope Dies Last."

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  2. Neda Ulaby on "Tristram Shandy"

    Neda Ulaby, NPR reporter and cultural critic, talks with Jim Fleming about the film adaptation of Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy."

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  3. Wesley Stace on "Tristram Shandy"

    Novelist Wesley Stace (AKA musician John Wesley Harding) tells Jim what the original novel, "Tristram Shandy," is all about.

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  4. Steve Paulson on Scandinavian Crime Fiction

    Steve Paulson reports on the new genre of Scandinavian crime fiction and we hear a reading from Karin Fossum's "He Who Fears the Wolf."

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  5. Chris Ware on "Jimmy Corrigan"

    Graphic novelist Chris Ware talks with Anne Strainchamps about the hard work of making comic books. Ware is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth."

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  6. Kristen Asbjornsen on Setting Charles Bukowski's Poems to Music

    Charles Bukowski reads his poem, "The Poetry Reading." Then, Kristen Asbjornsen speaks with Jim Fleming from her home in Norway and explains how she set Bukowski's poems to music. And we hear the results.

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