I just watched Ken Bruen on the Craig Ferguson show. I find it utterly appalling that following two comedians, Ken Bruen was still expected to provide humor. He was charming, of course. But why wasn't he allowed to talk about his book or what it is to be a writer? Why did half the sequence center on a unzipped fly? Clearly Ken had been prompted to stick to humorous anecdotes.
British Television has shows that discuss books. Other than the Cspan show that deals mostly with political fare, we have nothing. Why does every American talk show have to be interchangeable in terms of guests and format? When cable came along, the promise was there would be outlets for serious talk about cultural fare? Bah!
Far superior was Ken's appearance on Sunday Morning last year. Maybe people watching TV early Sunday morning instead of very late on Monday night have more patience.