Michael Krasny’s Off Mike was released on October 1. In case you are wondering, here's what the critics have been saying....
Publisher’s Weekly remarked that, “His steadily honed love of language is palpable and infectious, suited more to the book party-hopping literary junkie than the broadcast historian. Eminent newsmakers, literary greats and iconoclasts open up to him like patients on a psychiatrist’s couch.”
Leah Garchik in SF Chronicle wrote that Krasny's knack reminded her of Grace Paley’s remark: "I hear people talk. When they're really speaking truthful, they speak well and I hear that. ... Of course, I help them."
Ben Fong-Torres (also in SF Chronicle) writes that, “Krasny, and his subjects, offer plentiful food for thought.”
Last Sunday Peter Laufer at KPFA spoke with Michael Krasny about his on and off mike personas, and his quest to write the great American novel. The two hosts also compared notes on the art of interviewing. Listen here.
The book includes Krasny's interviews with eminent writers like Umberto Eco, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Art Spiegelman, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Joan Didion.