We read a lot of great books here at Radiolab. Some of them worm their way into our brains and onto the air, some of them help clear our minds on the subway home from work, and a good number do both...latching onto our imaginations and cropping up in conversations wherever we go. These are books we want to share, so each week one of us Radiolabbers will recommend a favorite. And we're keeping a running list of all the books we mention in our episodes here.
Later this week, Radiolab goes to northeastern Alabama in our new hour-long podcast. For more on that part of our country, and for one of the most honest American memoirs out there, pick up Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin'.
In the summer of 1983, Antony Sher got word that he was in line to play one of the most evil characters in literature--Shakespeare's murderous King Richard III. He spent the next year of his life getting ready for the role--turning himself into the "bottled spider," and turning his ambitions, doubts, and inspirations into a stunning account of the inner life of an actor.
This whole novel takes place in a few minutes, in a quiet room drenched with late-afternoon sun. As the narrator of Room Temperature feeds his baby daughter, he lets his mind wander—and you get to wander with him, through tiny revelations about nose-picking and green dresses and childhood crimes and mobiles made of paint chips.
We're keeping a running list of all the books we touch on in our hour-long episodes--a virtual bookshelf that you can scan any time you're looking for a little inspiration. It's in reverse chronological order, so titles from our most recent shows are at the top. Happy reading.