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Burning Books

Talking Great, Good, Bad and Very Bad Books

Burning Books

You’ll never manage to read all the great books in the world, and that’s a fact.

Fortunately, you don’t need to.

Because every week or two, your host Eric Beck Rubin brings you a fresh eye on a classic piece of writing.

From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as well as novels that try to be great… but don’t quite make it.

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Eric Beck Rubin

Eric Beck Rubin

Separating smoke from fire

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A Heart So White

A Heart So White – Javier Marías

The Author Described It As Jazz. So It Depends If You Like Jazz
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge – Rainer Maria Rilke

The Big Window Shatters And The Little Pieces Giggle
The Blue Fox

The Blue Fox – Sjón

Ovid In Iceland
The Man Who Made Vermeer

The Man Who Made Vermeers – Jonathan Lopez

Brilliant Nonfiction Account Of A Master Forger And The World He Inhabited
The Private Life

The Private Life – Josh Cohen

Looking Into The Parts That Can Never Be Seen

The End – Hans Erich Nossack

First Person Account Of The Hamburg Bombing, Served With A Side Of Sebald
Sexing The Cherry

Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

Not What You Think. Not What I Hoped. For A Short Book, It's Quite Long
Mother Night

Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut

In Which An American Traitor Tries To Write His Own Get Out Of Jail Free Card
The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum – Günter Grass

Günter Grass's So-Called Classic - Hashtag Singeworthy
Leaving the Atocha Station

Leaving the Atocha Station – Ben Lerner

In Which A Young American Goes To Spain, Meets Two Girls, And Learns To Fall In Love With Himself