On this episode of Arts & Letters, we’ll be featuring writer Adam Ehrlich Sachs, whose book Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems is a series of one hundred and seventeen fictional pieces.
The book chronicles the sometimes competitive and often dyspeptic relationships between fathers and sons--the imprint each leaves upon each--the idea of outrunning each other's shadow.
Sachs takes a close look at beguiled fathers and the sons who attempt to negotiate their inheritances: financial and intellectual; inheritances of talent; prestige, philosophy.
“Probably no pianist in history has suffered as devastating a sequence of calamities as befell Pavel Hronek, the brilliant doomed Czech. Just months after debuting to great acclaim with his father's Concerto in B Minor, Hronek lost the pinky finger of his right hand in what he described as an eating incident at a Prague restaurant. Critics declared his career over; Hronek himself announced his retirement. Yet less than a year later he made a glorious return with his father's Concerto for Nine Fingers. . .”
Author Adam Ehrlich Sachs is a writer in Pittsburgh. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, and Harper's, among other places. For his first book, Inherited Disorders, he was named a finalist for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and received a 2018 NEA Literature Fellowship. His second book, The Organs of Sense, is forthcoming from FSG.
A special thanks to Stephen Wells of Birthday Club for the amazing score.
Thank you to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas.
Listen to the song "Oh, How Good" by Iris DeMent
Listen to the song "Hinei Ma Tov" by Abbie Strauss
Listen to the some of the score by Stephen Wells of Birthday Club
This episode is dedicated to Daniel R. Minnick. Thanks Dad for everything!!
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