As Dan and Eric discuss Michael Shulman's wonderful piece about contemporary fandom, they get into the author's earlier work and how Dan & Eric Read the New Yorker is, in fact, an act of fandom. The two hosts then get into Nathaniel Heller's piece on director James Gray and his newest film, Ad Astra. Finally, Dan and Eric discuss Garth Greenwell's exciting new story in the magazine, "Harbor."
This week, Dan and Eric have an extensive conversation about Jonathan Franzen's take on climate change and his history as a provocateur; Dan Piepenbring's vivid account of spending time with Prince before his death; and Louise Erdrich's beautiful, strange and far-reaching telling of a woman's life. Lots of debate and discussion!
Dan and Eric talk about Evan Osnos's long take on the protests in Hong Kong; Nick Paumgarten's piece on vaccines and anti-vaxxers; Kate Walbert's moving short story, "To Do"; and Dan Chiasson on the history and future of reading.
This is an exciting episode because the New Yorker put out the first story by George Saunders in several years. This gives Dan and Eric a lot to talk about: the history of the American short story and Saunders' contribution to it. They also talk about David Remnick weaving together Toni Morrison's Nobel Prize acceptance speech with some thoughts on the language of our current president and a Jelani Cobb piece about Stacey Abrams and politics in Georgia.