This episode features writer Robert Lopez reading from and discussing A Better Class of People, a provocative satirical novel currently under consideration with agents, editors, and publishers.
Among the many things we talk about are writing, literature, reading, books, comedy, satire, Sam Lipsyte, George Saunders, Get Out, Sorry to Bother You, politics, fascism, police brutality, Grace Paley, Samuel Beckett, Wallace Stevens, space, time, repetition, naming, and much more.
Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. His writing has also appeared in dozens of publications, including Bomb, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction—Latino. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He was a fellow in fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and Visiting Writer at Syracuse University for fall, 2018. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.