LARB Radio Hour: Joseph O’Neill is Up to “Good Trouble”
By LARB AV – July 6, 2018
Co-hosts Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher talk with author Joseph O’Neill about his new collection of stories, Good Trouble. A master of contemporary language, O’Neill begins by playfully challenging a description of his characters — and away we go — as he reflects upon his craft and the task of representing the inner lives of the “American educated bourgeoisie,” which he describes as “still a revolutionary class” that’s remaking the world. Also, Johanna Drucker returns to recommend Arthur C Clarke’s sci-fi tale of Alien invasion, Childhood’s End, which holds up a mirror to humanity. This show is a gem, full of reflections on 21st century mores, literature, politics, and crises.