Hat tip to Paul for the pointer.
It's the second thing I listened to this morning.
The piece is here.
The first part of the podcast is dedicated to a discussion of late night shows and their future. The second and most relevant part is about the future of reading and literary fiction.
I have, for some time now, been worried about the future of literary fiction. I see how books like The Da Vinci Code and Twilight receive much attention at the expense of the new work of so many truly great authors, and that's disconcerting. The participators in this podcast mention Michael Chabon in the context of this discussion and, I thought, rightly so.
If you'd like to listen only to the literary discussion you will need to fastforward a good 30% of the program.