“In the beginning, when Adam was first created, he spent whole days rubbing his face in the grass.”  That’s how Jonathan Goldstein launches the first story in his collection, <i>Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!</i>  He goes on to tackle, with humor, pathos, and a healthy dose of creative license, our most foundational narratives, from the Tower of Babel to Cain and Abel.

Goldstein is a regular contributor to the public radio program <i>This American Life</i>, and the host of his own CBC show, <i>WireTap</i>. He speaks with host Sara Ivry about what prompted this literary undertaking, how Bible-versed he is, and why he left Abraham out of the story.