AOT #169: Reif Larsen Podcasts The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Writer and filmmaker Reif Larsen reads from and discusses his first book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, a brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel tracing twelve-year-old genius mapmaker T.S. Spivet’s attempts to understand the ways of the world. When T.S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins. T.S.’s trip begins at his family’s ranch and ends in Washington, D.C., but his journey’s movement is far harder to track: How do you map the delicate lessons learned about family and self? How do you depict how it feels to first venture out on your own? Is there a definitive way to communicate the ebbs and tides of heartbreak, loss, loneliness, love? These are the questions that strike at the core of this very special debut.