In E. B. White on Dogs, the author's granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White's various canine companions.
Norman Mailer was one of the giants of American letters and one of the most celebrated public figures of his time. He was a novelist, journalist, biographer, and filmmaker; a provocateur and passionate observer of his times; and a husband, father, and serial philanderer.
J. Michael Lennon knew Mailer for thirty-five years, and has written the new biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.
This morning we’ll discuss MassHumanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care – it’s a six-month long program that allows medical professionals to reflect on their work through the power of literature. Hospitals host scholar-led discussion groups and together they explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying.
Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and Robert Meagher, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.
Karin Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. She is also an author and it was recently announced that her story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. This competitive award helps emerging writers get their work published and recognized nationally.
From his early 70s dispatches as a critic for the Village Voice on rock and roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the 80s and 90s that made him famous, to his must-read cultural reporting for Vanity Fair- James Walcott has had a career as a free lance critic and a literary intellectual like none other.
With his new career-spanning collection Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs- he gives us his best critical essays and cultural journalism.
At this time of year there are all kinds of almanacs that come out that list important days and times in the year in advance - but for readers, those famously impractical dreamers, A Book of Days is a pleasurable treasure hunt going far beyond births, deaths, and publication dates.
Eight time Jeopardy Champion, Tom Nissley’s A Readers Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers For Every Day of the Year- is a day by day literary companion, part love letter to literature, part charming guide to the books most worth reading. It’s a collection that features bite size accounts both real and fictional for everyday of the year.
Film Critic Bill Wine will discuss the psychological difference between reading a book and viewing a film.
Bill Wine has been writing about and teaching film throughout his career, serving as a movie critic for magazines, newspapers, radio and television and online. He served as the movie critic for Fox Television for twelve years, earning eight Emmy award nominations and winning three Emmy awards. Wine has been the movie critic for the CBS station KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia since 2001. He has also written for The Village Voice, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and many other publications. He is the Tenured professor of film, La Salle University and he joins us to tell us more.
Novelist John Irving is known for his legendary novels, The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Widow for One Year and A Prayer for Owen Meany.
Irving will help kick off this week’s Williamstown Film Festival when he’ll speak with Williams College professor Jim Shepard about Irving’s Oscar-winning adaptation of his novel The Cider House Rules.
Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality.
In Sydney and Violet, Stephen Klaidman examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.