Tuesday 21 November 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Philip Dodd talks to Christopher Bigsby about the new novel by Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, his first in nine years, which features a vast array of characters and spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after the First World War.
Sean Scully 'Wall of Light Red Day Leaving', 2005
Wall of Light Red Day Leaving
Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery London
Copyright: The Artist
Nightwaves pays tribute to Robert Altman the director of Nashville, Mash and many other classic films who died on 21st November. Philip Dodd is joined live in studio by the filmmaker Mike Leigh and by the critic David Thompson. Also remembering the American filmmaker are actor Richard E Grant and writer Garrison Keillor.
Philip Dodd reviews one of the most highly anticipated events in publishing, one that some have been waiting 9 years for. A new novel by reclusive American author Thomas Pynchon doesn't come around very often and fans are expressing their delight on hearing that his new offering, Against the Day, is over 1000 pages long. Philip finds out if the wait has been worth while.
And Philip meets artist Sean Scully, the Dublin-born abstract painter who is regarded as the greatest painter of his generation about his exhibition of new work opening this week in London.
'Against the Day' is published by Jonathan Cape. ISBN: 0224080954
Sean Scully's current exhibition is on at The Timothy Taylor Gallery, 21 and 24 Dering Street, London W1S 1TT from 22nd November 2006 - 20th January 2007