John J. Miller has two interesting podcasts up at NRO’s Between the Covers:
Otto Penzler, editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, describes “pulps” for John J. Miller as “the primary source of entertainment for the vast number of Americans who read in the 1920s and 30s … They were called pulps because of the paper — cheap pulp paper — and the covers were garishly colored bright. Usually if they were crime pulps … there was usually a woman in jeopardy — you know, half-torn-off blouse and some evil looking character threatening her. And this appealed to a large number of readers — mostly male.”
The prolific Dean Koontz, author most recently of The Darkest Evening of the Year, discusses with John J. Miller the importance of faith in his writing: “the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve realized that life has purpose and meaning and deep mystery. … The older I get the more wondrous I find life to be. … I couldn’t write about life if it didn’t have that spiritual element in it. … I’m not proselytizing; I’m just saying, this is the way to look at life.”
Both sound worth listening to and I plan to do so when I get the chance.