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Live video chat with Will Self on 'Umbrella' and more, Tue. Jan 15
Live video chat with Will Self on 'Umbrella' and more, Tue. Jan 15

Novelist, journalist, sometime bad boy and frequent literary provocateur Will Self is hard to miss in England. He's 6-feet-5, for starters; what's more, he's terrifically prolific, publishing literary works of fiction and nonfiction almost every year. His latest is "Umbrella," a 397-page novel story told in a single stream-of-consciousness paragraph.   "Life is not in the simple past. Life is all happening now," Self told NPR this weekend. "Stream of consciousness and continuous present are, to my way of thinking, very powerful techniques." The novel wears its modernist influences on its sleeve; the title is taken from the James Joyce...

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