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Travel Author and Novelist Paul Theroux on Inventing "Paul Theroux"

Theroux's extensive travels have taken him through Africa, Asia and Central America. In his earlier writings, a central theme of his work was the ironic examination of the clashing and mingling of Western and Third World cultures. His new book, "My Other Life" (Houghton Bufflin) is a work of fiction about a character named Paul Theroux, based on his experiences and encounters as a world traveler. His interview was recorded at the Free Library in Philadelphia

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Other segments from the episode on November 11, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 11, 1996: Interview with Bruno Kirby and Alan Zweibel; Review of the album "Earl Hines Plays Cole Porter"; Interview with Paul Theroux; Commentary on corporate…

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