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Kate and Medaya are joined by Rachel Kushner, author of the novels Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers, and The Mars Room, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Award. Kushner’s new book is a collection of essays from the past two decades, The Hard Crowd, which exhibits the inspiring breadth of her interests and influences, which range from motorcycle racing to prison abolition, the Anarcho-Marxist Italian left, rock impresario Bill Graham, the writing of Marguerite Duras, and the people and places of her rough-edged youth in San Francisco.

Also, Jackie Wang, author of The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void, returns to recommend Nobody: A Hymn to the Sea by poet Alice Oswald.