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Episode 100: Dennis Lehane, “Until Gwen”

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This week we continue our theme-less fall experiment with a story by Dennis Lehane, the writer of the novels Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River, among others. The story, “Until Gwen,” was first published in The Atlantic and is included in Lehane’s collection Coronado.


We talk about crime writing as a genre, stylized dialogue versus overly stylized dialogue, hookers and blow, Boston catch phrases, and Lehane’s advice on making it as a writer, which includes never saying no to Clint Eastwood.

In the second half of the show we pay another visit to the forums for National Novel Writing Month to see how Nano-ers are handling the challenge this year. What music are they listening to? What characters can they not think up names for? What are they putting into their Nano jars?

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