OFF MIKE: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life.

Krasny, Michael .

ISBN 10: 0804756716 / ISBN 13: 9780804756716
Published by Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, (2007.) dj, 2007
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A mix of memoir and reportage, this moves from Krasny's coming of age during the 1960s in the San Francisco area, with their blend of the civil rights movement and political activism, to his career as a struggling novelist, as an educator and, almost by accident, as a radio host. Each chapter highlights interviews with four authors, from Joyce Carol Oates, to Rusell Banks, David Mamet, Edward P. Jones, Alice Walker, Paul Auster, Studs Terkel, and Umberto Eco, to name only a few. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Photographs. 317 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). Bookseller Inventory # 62206

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Title: OFF MIKE: A Memoir of Talk Radio and ...

Publisher: Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, (2007.) dj

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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KQED Radio's Michael Krasny is one of the country's leading interviewers of literary luminaries, a maestro for educated listeners who prefer their discourse high and civil. He is a writer's interviewer.
But it didn't start out that way.
In Off Mike, Krasny, host of one of public radio's most popular and intellectually compelling programs, talks of his strong desire to become a novelist in the footsteps of Bellow and Philip Roth, and then discovering his real talent as a communicator―a deft ability to draw others out as an interlocutor.
In a mix of memoir and reportage, Krasny takes readers inside his world. He gives an account of the polarizing transformation of talk radio, from his early days at KGO commercial radio, through to his current role at NPR, where he manages to keep the flow of talk in his San Francisco based show animated and politically balanced.
Forum fans and lovers of literature will be riveted by the insightful and amusing vignettes and behind the scenes accounts. They will get a taste of the sharp commentary from his encounters with panels of experts, and interviews with cultural and political personalities as well as writers.

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Michael Krasny is the host and senior editor of Northern California's NPR affiliate KQED's award-winning Forum program, a news and public affairs radio program that also concentrates on current events, culture, health, business and technology, the arts and entertainment. Dr. Krasny is Professor of English at San Francisco State University.

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