Radio Hour: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's 'The Nest' plus John Romano on George Eliot

Radio Hour: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's 'The Nest' plus John Romano on George Eliot

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This week, our hosts talk with Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about her bestselling novel The Nest and the meaning of money. Plus, screenwriter John Romano recommends that we all read George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda.


Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Alan Minsky.

LARB Contributors

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s, and more defunct Internet start-ups than she cares to count. Her nonfiction essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Martha Stewart LivingThe Nest is her first novel.

John Romano is a screenwriter and a writer-producer for television. His features include The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey, the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty, and most recently, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. He's been writer-producer on over 20 TV shows, from Hill Street Blues to Monk, including three of his own creation, among them Sweet Justice starring Cicely Tyson. Formerly he taught English at Columbia and wrote a book on Charles Dickens. He appeared on Charlie Rose with Salman Rushdie for Dickens’s bicentenary, and testified before Congress after 9/11 about Hollywood’s influence on America’s image abroad.

Tom Lutz is the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His latest book is Born Slippy: A Novel.

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Seth Greenland’s first memoir, A Kingdom of Tender Colors, will be published in 2020 by Europa Editions. He is the author of five novels. His 1997 play Jungle Rot won the Kennedy Center/American Express Fund for New American Plays Award and the American Theater Critics Association Award. He was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love.
Laurie Winer is a Los Angeles Review of Books founding editor.


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