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The Moment - Ethan Canin: 2/23/16

The Moment - Ethan Canin: 2/23/16

Ethan Canin is the author of two short story collections (Emperor of the Air & The Palace Thief) and a number of novels including his latest, A Doubter’s Almanac. On today's show, Ethan discusses one of his favorite lines in literature (4:30), the state of contemporary fiction (14:30), and why he believes America has yet to learn how to teach English (23:00). Plus, Ethan reflects on the influence of Raymond Carver on writers of his generation (28:00), the types of characters he tends to consider in his work (31:00), and why he’s trying to do "the difficult thing." (41:00)A Doubter’s Almanac is available now by clicking here.

Topics mentioned:

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
Emperor of the Air by Ethan Canin
Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama
The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin
“A Silver Dish” by Saul Bellow
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
Tenth of December by George Saunders
City of Thieves by David Benio