David Slavitt discusses his work under both his own name and that of Henry Sutton. He discusses the difference between the "two" novelists' audience and style. His new novel "Jo Stern" is about a woman novelist.
Science fiction writer and magazine editor Ben Bova talks about the military influence in the development of space technologies, the present state of technological innovation, and what makes for a great science fiction story.
Novelist Chaim Potok's most recent book, Wanderings, is a non-fiction history of Judaism. He talks about the tradition of the hybridization of Judaism with dominant cultures around the world, the exploration of identity in literature, and the trajectory of Western society.
Author John Rechy has made a career writing novels and nonfiction about gay men, particularly their sexual behavior. While critical of sadomasochism, he views promiscuity as a revolutionary act which signals a radical break from mainstream heterosexual behavior.
Tim O'Brien is a novelist whose works often deal with the Vietnam War. His most recent novel was "Going after Cacciato," about a soldier in the war. O'Brien is currently guest lecturing at Temple University. He joins the show to discuss Vietnam, writing, and his work-in-progress "The Nuclear Age."