200th Show Special – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with Ben Fountain
Once every generation or two, a book comes along that incarnates our collective experience of war. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front was one such: Heller’s Catch-22 was another, and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was one more. To this distinguished list must be added Ben Fountain‘s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Reviews have been stellar: using superlatives rarely found in the literary pages. Ben Fountain has been hailed a genius, by no less a sage than Malcom Gladwell, who devoted a major article in the New Yorker to Ben’s relatively late blooming.
We’re delighted to host Ben Fountain for this, the two hundredth episode of Litopia After Dark. It’s a special show – we hope you enjoy it.
Presented by Peter Cox with Dave Bartram and featuring the preternaturally-young Ali Gardiner in the chat room.
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