December 27, 2004
Listening to authors read from their own works is a much better idea on paper than in reality.
But these are some damn fine authors, and those are some damn fine works. The quality of the audio’s pretty bad, sadly.
Paul Auster’s got an awesome gravelly Joe Frank-ish radio voice — he’s an NPR contributor and the author of some of my favorite books — so check out his excerpt from The Book of Illusions. Philip Roth also does a great job. The Mary Gaitskill story is incredible, her reading, not so much, so here’s an excerpt in text. Read the whole thing if you can find it.