LARB Radio Hour: "Orange County: A Literary Field Guide"; Plus Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow's Age of the Walkman

October 5, 2017

A LARB Radio Double-Header! First, Author, academic, and Orange County resident Andrew Tonkovich joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to talk about the all-but-unknown, but surprisingly excellent, literary tradition of Orange County. Andrew and his wife, poet Lisa Alvarez, have compiled a collection of stories, essays, and memoirs about (or reflective of) LA County's more right-wing neighbor — and the list of contributors is as impressive as the content itself. Andrew talks about some of his favorite entries, as well as the promising political evolution of a longtime GOP bastion that voted against Trump. Then, in the second half of the show, author Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow joins Eric and Medaya to reminisce about the glory days of the Sony Walkman from the late 1970s through to the '90s. Rebecca has written a short history/memoir entitled Personal Stereo, as part of Bloomsbury's charming Object Lessons series, about the device that revolutionized our listening habits.