TKC 248 Sam Tanenhaus

Sam TanenhausNew York Times writer at large, former editor of The Times’ Sunday Book Reviewand longtime host of The Book Review podcast

Interview Starts at 16:29

When I say, “Well, Mr. Amis, it seems to me this is what your novel does,” and he says, “Well no. That’s exactly what it doesn’t do”–part of me cringes, but I know as a listener I’m thinking, “Now Martin Amis is going to set me straight.” The listener I think empathizes with the host a little bit. One is the surrogate for the listener, not the debating rival of the guest. And so to keep the questions short and simple…let the listener open up whatever direction they want to get. If they say something that makes me sound silly, I probably am silly, and if the listener is deriving something from it, all the better.

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Show Notes and Links:


My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor – $12.99 on Kindle

Emily Bazelon’s review of My Beloved World in the New York Times Sunday Book Review


Jeff Bezos: Boy Billionaire 2000 History Channel documentary (41 minutes)

“Long Live the Book: An Interview with Vivienne Roumani, Director of the Indie Film, ‘Out of Print'” by Loren Kleinman at IndieReader – April 24, 2013

Out of Print trailer and background

Kindle Kids TV Commercial

Tech Tips

Tom Semple’s help with the updated Kindle for iOS app for text to speech

George from Tulsa’s tip on using an iPad charger for Kindle devices

Interview with Sam Tanenhaus

Book Review Podcast

“Pamela Paul Named New York Times Book Review Editor” by David Freedlander in The Daily Beast – April 9, 2013

Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (1997) by Sam Tanenhaus – $15.99 on Kindle

The Death of Conservatism: The Movement and its Consequences (2009) by Sam Tanenhaus – $9.99 on Kindle


The Banks of Certain Rivers: A Novel by Jon Harrison – $2.99 on Kindle (Also available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library if you have an Amazon Prime Membership)

Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel by Andrew Peterson (Kindle Serial & Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) – $3.99

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

Next Week’s Guest

Guy Kawasaki, co-author of APE: Author Publisher Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

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  1. John Aga wrote:

    I would like to suggest that a virtual film screening of “Out Of Print” be held at a web site such as TKC or perhaps Goodreads. Virtual tickets could be sold and the film could be viewed from a computer or tablet. The film presentation could include a pre-screening and or post screening event that might include a panel Q & A with persons featured in the documentary. Questions could be submitted by various means such as email or twitter.
    Another way to promote the virtual screening of “Out Of Print” would be to publish an ebook based on the documentary. However this ebook would be much more. It would include a “Golden Ticket” which would allow the buyer to view the internet screening of the film. I know I would attend!

    Posted 04 May 2013 at 9:51 am

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