The author worked in a paper mill and meatpacking plant for 32 years before becoming a writer. His second book The Devil All the Time, set in his hometown of Knockemstiff, Ohio, is now out in paperback.
This interview was originally broadcast on July 26, 2011. Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil All the Time is now out in paperback.
Donald Ray Pollock worked in a paper mill and meatpacking plant for 32 years before becoming a writer. His second book The Devil All the Time is set in his hometown of Knockemstiff, Ohio, where he says "nearly everyone was connected by blood through one godforsaken calamity or another."
Novelist and playwright Dan Fante writes about alcoholism, drug addiction and failed attempts at literary success — all of which he has experienced himself. He discusses his novel, 86'd, battling his own emotional demons, and the process of reliving his past on paper.
Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. In this segment: Tom Wolfe's best-selling books include Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. He began his career as a journalist, writing for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Esquire and New York magazine. Rebroadcast from Oct. 29, 1987.
Nick Hornby talks about his most recent book, A Long Way Down, which is now out in paperback. Many of Hornby's novels have been made into films, including About a Boy and High Fidelity. He also writes "Stuff I've Been Reading," a column for The Believer magazine. This segment originally aired on June 15, 2005.
A middle-aged woman awakens one morning to a sense of dread, a malaise so deep that she studiously analyzes her life — both past and present — to uncover its source. So begins Hilma Wolitzer's new book, The Doctor's Daughter.
The film version of author John Le Carre's thriller The Constant Gardener will be hitting theaters soon. Le Carre is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell, the author of such cold war spy classics as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. (This interview originally aired May 30, 1989.)
The latest novel from best-selling English author Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down, focuses on a group of suicidal people who accidentally meet atop a tall building — and how that meeting changes their fates. He also writes "Stuff I've Been Reading," a column for The Believer magazine. Many of Hornby's novels have been made into films, including About a Boy, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch.