Episode 49: Playing on All 88 Keys, The Prose Playbook of Phillip Lopate, Part I
You might recognize the title of this podcast if you picked up the July 2018 issue of The Writer. In it, you’ll find my article on my former grad school writing teacher Phillip Lopate.
I interviewed Lopate last December about his career and in the next two episodes, I’m sharing some of our chat with you.
In it, we talk about his latest book, A Mother’s Tale, the usefulness of code-switching, the importance of anticipating the readers’ objections, and much, much more!
ABOUT PHILLIP LOPATE
Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written four personal essay collections, two novels and a pair of novellas; a memoir of his teaching experiences; a collection of his movie criticism; an urbanist meditation; a critical study, a biographical monograph, and To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction (Free Pesss, 2013).
In addition, there is a Phillip Lopate reader, Getting Personal: Selected Writings (Basic Books, 2003). His latest book is the memoir, A Mother’s Tale, from OSU Press, 2017.
Please support Behind the Prose by purchasing Lopate’s book using this link. If you do, Amazon will throw us a few much-needed cents. Already have A Mother’s Tale? Visit one of the links for any of his work on the BTP Store page.