How many threads connect us to what is below the surface? In this installment, Larry has a discussion with Peter Speigelman about his latest book A Secret About a Secret. Larry and Peter explore the story out side of the cover of the book, how the title draws the reader, and whether this book is a cautionary tale. Larry draws a comparison of Peter’s work with the television show Dark Shadows, and The Man in the High Castle. Larry posits how important it is for the author to trust the read to understand the implications and be drawn into the plot and narrative.
After a short break Larry welcomes T. J. English about his latest work Dangerous Rhythms. Larry asks about growing up in upper Manhattan, whether Jazz is a completely American art form, and how it reordered the music universe. There is a great discussion of how BillieHoliday’s song Strange Fruit is a seminal work of art along with talking about Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and the connection of music to the mafia. Larry brings up Meyer Lansky and how there was a “Jazz drain” to Europe.