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Above Us Only Sky, Marion Winik

"Full of surprises, revelations, wild, wise connctions." -Naomi Shihab Nye

Marion Winik and John Waters5/7/2022: I never imagined aging would even be interesting, but it seems to be all I write about at this point. When I'm Sixty-Four, on Baltimore Fishbowl. To kick off my birthday week, I interviewed John Waters onstage at Politics and Prose in DC for his novel launch! 

5/7/2022: The Weekly Reader podcast celebrated its fifth birthday in February. Among our latest pairings: Douglas Stuart and Jennifer EganMichelle Huneven and Anne TylerGrant Ginder and Bonnie Garmus Maggie Rowe and Jeremy Atherton Lin. Sign up to receive new episodes at the NPR podcast page.

5/7/2022: I just left the National Book Crtics Circle board after six action-packed years. You can read my comments on the Autobiography finalists (I chaired the committee) at FiveBooks.com.

5/7/2022: I converted an old Fishbowl column on cicadas to a flash essay that appeared at the delightful website, DorothyParkersAshes.com, and it made daily LitHub internet round-up

9/22/21: There are 128 rap songs and one big new miniseries that mention Monica Lewinsky, and now she's finally made it to the Baltimore Fishbowl. Read The Writing Teacher, The Drama Teacher, His Wife, and Their Babysitter

12/17/20: On LitHub, Six Book Critics Walk Into a Zoom to Talk About Autofiction, A Totally Fictional Story by Marion Winik Featuring a Martin Amis Cameo.

10/7/20: Got a minute? Go to MeNdAdam.com, click the Music tab, and hear Vince's new songs. He and Adam have a record deal and are making hits.

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Browse the Bohemian Rhapsody archive — running since 2011 on Baltimore Fishbowl.

Marion's "Lives" columns for The New York Times Magazine: "Grand Theft Litho" and "A Mother of A Certain Age".

An archive of Marion's commentaries for All Things Considered.

Lots more essays and articles in the links archive and work archive.


The Baltimore Book of the Dead, Marion Winik

"Every sentence is a marvel." –Ann Patchett

The Weekly Reader on WYPR-FM with Marion Winik and Lisa Morgan

Listen live Wednesdays at 2:33 pm, or play the podcast anytime at The Weekly Reader.

The Big Book of the Dead, Audio

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