Dana Spiotta was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for her novel Eat The Document. Jessica Marx/ hide caption

toggle caption Jessica Marx/

'Stone Arabia': The Cost Of Artistic Commitment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/138466786/138677557" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Turn Of Mind': The Haunted House Is In Your Head

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137705487/137849646" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

How E.B. White Spun 'Charlotte's Web'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137452030/137624184" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'State Of Wonder' Deftly Twists, Turns Off The Map

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137172645/137298519" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Guilty Passion' Leads A Housewife To Homicide

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137040033/137150165" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Summer Reads To Transport You Back In Time

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136650194/136884758" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'The Sentimentalists': Submerged Emotions Surface

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136390948/136677455" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
 

'Big Girl Small': Humiliation, High School Style

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136150038/136205984" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

WWI: A Moral Contest Between Pacifists And Soldiers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135983570/135983577" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
 

An Old Romance Blooms Anew In 'Love Of My Youth'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135379718/135539922" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
 

'Please Look After Mom': A Guilt Trip To The Big City

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135120998/135144121" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
 

The Joy Of The Mundane In 'Emily, Alone'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134762678/134950076" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Anne Roiphe was a National Book Award finalist for Fruitful and is also the author of Up the Sandbox. She has written for Vogue, Elle, The New York Times and other news organizations, and lives in New York City. Mary Ellen Mark hide caption

toggle caption Mary Ellen Mark

Anne Roiphe's 1950s Feminism In 'Art And Madness'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134393883/134531608" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mat Johnson is the author of several novels and graphic novels including Drop, Hunting in Harlem and Incognegro. Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and lives in Texas with his wife and children. Meera Bowman Johnson. hide caption

toggle caption Meera Bowman Johnson.

In 'Pym,' A Comic Glimpse Into Poe's Racial Politics

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134003499/134197160" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript