Conversation with Hal Bush: The Hemingway Files

In this video, Hal Bush and I discuss his new novel, The Hemingway Files, which takes readers on a tour of Japan and of American literary history, asking, along the way, such questions as “How can we know the ‘Other’?” “What’s the worth of words?” “What are truth and beauty and meaning?” and “How do traumas shape our lives?” In our conversation, I asked him about culture, the value of words and literature, the “postmodern layering of narrators,” and religion, and other topics. Bush is an English professor at St. Louis University and a prolific scholar of US literature. This is his first novel.

 

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