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Author Fred Tuten joins co-hosts Medaya Ocher, Kate Wolf and Eric Newman to talk about his new book, My Young Life: A Memoir. The conversation begins with Fred explaining why after five celebrated novels, he chose to write a memoir; what follows is a series of beautiful reflections on his life. In the introduction to the show, Medaya says this is perhaps her very favorite LARB Radio Hour to date. Indeed, Fred’s deep compassion for the people in his life, his novel-like descriptions of time and place, and his trenchant political observations makes this a show that cannot be missed — there’s a true generosity of Spirit here.

Also, the irrepressible John Waters returns to recommend a book and offers four: Moby’s new memoir, Then It Fell Apart; Kevin Killian’s Fascination — as well as the works of Clarice Lispector and Dodie Bellamy.