The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 177: The Selfie

Guests: Andrew Klavan and C.J. Box
Jul 25, 2013
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We get wordy and reflective this week with our guests, authors Andrew Klavan and C.J. Box. Of course, we talk about Weiners, wives, and the death of shame, but also some insight into the work habits of writers, James meets a radio legend, and Rob discusses his alleged coarsening of the culture

Andrew Klavan’s new book A Killer in the Wind is available here. C.J. Box’s new book The Highway is available for pre-order here

Music from this week’s show:

Let Him Dangle by Elvis Costello

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

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  1. The Mugwump

    Well, guys, I don’t think C.J. Box finds writing any easier than the rest of us despite his prolific output.  Writing is a craft that requires constant editing.  There’s always a better word to replace a weak noun or verb, a chance to adjust syntax to improve clarity, and whole passages to be rewritten for better cadence and rhythm.  It’s part of the process that no writer can avoid.  Not to mention writer’s block which is an occasional annoyance for even the best.  Be you not envious of Mr. Box.  He suffers just like the rest of us.        

  2. Tommy De Seno
    C

    My “Carlos Danger” name is “Feliciano Clandestine” according to Slate.  Awesome I might keep it.

    Find out yours here

  3. billy
    Tommy De Seno: My “Carlos Danger” name is “Feliciano Clandestine” according to Slate.  Awesome I might keep it.

    Find out yours here.  · 45 minutes ago

    Edited 4 minutes ago

    Benito Catastrophe.

  4. David Knights

    Julio Kill

  5. The Mugwump
    Peter Robinson

    ~Paules: Well, guys, I don’t think C.J. Box finds writing any easier than the rest of us despite his prolific output.  Writing is a craft that requires constant editing.  Be you not envious of Mr. Box.  He suffers just like the rest of us.         · 8 hours ago

    Well and truly said, Paules.  Nobody finds writing easy–nobody.  (The fastest writer I ever knew was Bill Buckley.  Why did he write so fast?  “Because I find it so painful.”) · 5 hours ago

    It’s an odd sort of comfort to know that we suffer together.  One might well ask why we do it at all.  The writer’s craft is the most abstract art form known to man.  How many artists deal exclusively in symbols?  Only writers can make that claim.  We paint word pictures in the mind of our reader.  What an awesome canvas!  And yet each writer is known for his own unique style, as recognizable as the chisel marks left by a sculptor or the pastels used by an impressionist painter.  We suffer because we love it so much.  And we do love it.     

  6. Karen

    I think we should ease up on the Huma bashing. That’s exactly what they want – for the right to criticize her so much, that the left defends her, along with Weiner. She has a child by the man, which was conveniently not mentioned on the podcast. Maybe she’s trying to keep her family together or maybe she’s just an opportunist. It doesn’t matter. She’s not running for office. Weiner is, and as creepy as he is, he’s no worse than Mark Sanford and David Vitter. As far as I’m concerned, NYC deserves him.

  7. Shelley Nolan

    Can’t wait to listen, just know this is going to be great fun.  Love the NRO picture!

  8. Karen: I think we should ease up on the Huma bashing. That’s exactly what they want – for the right to criticize her so much, that the left defends her, along with Weiner. She has a child by the man, which was conveniently not mentioned on the podcast. Maybe she’s trying to keep her family together or maybe she’s just an opportunist. It doesn’t matter. She’s not running for office. Weiner is, and as creepy as he is, he’s no worse than Mark Sanford and David Vitter. As far as I’m concerned, NYC deserves him. · 12 hours ago

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/25/senator-calls-for-further-investigation-into-huma-s-money.html

  9. Karen: Well, Andy can keep his guilt by association crack pot theories, and shame on NR for publishing such drivel. But this kind of sensational speculation is what passes for journalism these days. I bet Andy and Huma go into business together in couple of years as a consulting firm. After their book deals, of course. Churning up conspiracies gets the attention of low information voters and keeps journalists from having to actually work on real stories, like oh say, the 20% cut to Defense HQ. But let’s keep talking about “Huma the sleeper cell.” Look, I was at GW in the early 2000′s, and you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Muslim on campus. It’s where diplomats send their kids. Many are/were sympathetic toward groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Some hate Israel. That doesn’t make them terrorists. Andy has lost any credibility he had. · 8 hours ago

    Are you forgetting about her other close association, Hillary Clinton, Sec. of State?

  10. Benjamin Glaser

    Politics is becoming so boring and predictable

  11. Beowulf
    Karen: I think we should ease up on the Huma bashing. That’s exactly what they want – for the right to criticize her so much, that the left defends her, along with Weiner. She has a child by the man, which was conveniently not mentioned on the podcast. Maybe she’s trying to keep her family together or maybe she’s just an opportunist. It doesn’t matter. She’s not running for office. Weiner is, and as creepy as he is, he’s no worse than Mark Sanford and David Vitter. As far as I’m concerned, NYC deserves him. · 2 hours ago

    Andrew C. McCarthy begs to differ.  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354351/huma-unmentionables-andrew-c-mccarthy

  12. C.J. Box
    ~Paules: Well, guys, I don’t think C.J. Box finds writing any easier than the rest of us despite his prolific output.  Writing is a craft that requires constant editing.  There’s always a better word to replace a weak noun or verb, a chance to adjust syntax to improve clarity, and whole passages to be rewritten for better cadence and rhythm.  It’s part of the process that no writer can avoid.  Not to mention writer’s block which is an occasional annoyance for even the best.  Be you not envious of Mr. Box.  He suffers just like the rest of us.         · 19 hours ago

    Quite true.

  13. Rob Long
    C
    Tommy De Seno: My “Carlos Danger” name is “Feliciano Clandestine” according to Slate.  Awesome I might keep it.

    Find out yours here.  · 19 hours ago

    Edited 18 hours ago

    Raul Distress.

    Which is perfect.

  14. Peter Robinson
    C
    C.J. Box

    ~Paules: Well, guys, I don’t think C.J. Box finds writing any easier than the rest of us despite his prolific output.  Writing is a craft that requires constant editing.  There’s always a better word to replace a weak noun or verb, a chance to adjust syntax to improve clarity, and whole passages to be rewritten for better cadence and rhythm.  It’s part of the process that no writer can avoid.  Not to mention writer’s block which is an occasional annoyance for even the best.  Be you not envious of Mr. Box.  He suffers just like the rest of us.         · 19 hours ago

    Quite true. · 8 minutes ago

    Man, am I ever relieved to hear you say that, CJ.

  15. Rob Long
    C
    C.J. Box

    ~Paules: Well, guys, I don’t think C.J. Box finds writing any easier than the rest of us despite his prolific output.  Writing is a craft that requires constant editing.  Be you not envious of Mr. Box.  He suffers just like the rest of us.         · 19 hours ago

    Quite true. · 7 minutes ago

    Forget it.  Part of being a writer is being bitterly jealous of other writers — especially those who are a lot more successful.  So I’m happy to wallow in my self pity here, convinced that CJ is just better and more successful at writing because it’s easier for him.

    Hey!  Just thought of something.  Maybe there should be a federal program for writers like me who are disadvantaged by our laziness and inability to stop surfing the web!  CJ’s not better, he’s just part of that privileged 1%!

  16. Rob Long
    C
    PJ: Isn’t he holding the sign upside down? · 20 hours ago

    Perfect.  Laughing very loud now.

  17. Goddess of Discord

    Listening today was the best time I ever had getting my oil changed. Mr. Weiner – rather than a turtle out of his shell, I’d say he looks like one of his pictures.

     Ariel Catastrophe

  18. Daniel Sattelberger

    Re the Pullman books: I read them several years ago (I think I was 11 or 12 at the time).  I didn’t find any sort of political message in the books, but I read a ton of fantasy series back then and just treated it like any other.  As far as quality, I agree with Andrew.  The first was quite good, though at the time I attributed it more to the fact that the world it created was limited, believable, and logical; whereas the world and plot of the last two just sort of exploded into a massive, complicated mess.

  19. Karen

    Well, Andy can keep his guilt by association crack pot theories, and shame on NR for publishing such drivel. But this kind of sensational speculation is what passes for journalism these days. I bet Andy and Huma go into business together in couple of years as a consulting firm. After their book deals, of course. Churning up conspiracies gets the attention of low information voters and keeps journalists from having to actually work on real stories, like oh say, the 20% cut to Defense HQ. But let’s keep talking about “Huma the sleeper cell.” Look, I was at GW in the early 2000′s, and you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Muslim on campus. It’s where diplomats send their kids. Many are/were sympathetic toward groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Some hate Israel. That doesn’t make them terrorists. Andy has lost any credibility he had.

  20. Goddess of Discord

    Mentholatum Deep Heat and Carter’s Little Liver Pills! How long has it been since you really felt like dancing? Thanks for the link to the Couple Next Door! 

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