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Kate and Daya talk with Lauren Oyler, one of the country’s most popular and feared literary critics, about her first novel, Fake Accounts. In the book the narrator breaks up with her boyfriend after discovering that he’s an online conspiracy theorist and moves to Berlin. The conversation focuses on online culture and its influence on literature and 21st-century notions of subjectivity, secrecy, and romance.
Also, Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, returns to recommend two books by David Quammen, the highly prescient Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Pandemic (2012) and The Song of the Dodo.