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Host Charles Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a frequent contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. His radio series' Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and Conversations With Writers are treasures of our on-demand audio archive.

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Conversations with Writers

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144 Episodes

Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies.

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A collection of recovered and restored programs produced by Charles Ruas at WBAI-FM, the Pacifica station in New York, in the seventies. Ruas is a distinguished author, scholar, and translator. His programs are a national cultural treasure.

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Chapters of Marguerite Young’s wonderful "Miss MacIntosh, My Darling", read by her contemporaries from the New York City literature, music, and theater communities in the late 1970s. All readings are underscored with music by artist Rob Wynne.

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Joseph Chaikin, Outtakes

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Listen in and get a peak inside the creative process of famed thespian and director, Joseph Chaikin. As part of the company, The Other Theater, he runs through a 1983 radio play, Night Voices -- a work that examines and explores the notion of sleep.

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V.R. Lang, A Memorial, Part 2

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In 1975, Charles Ruas and Susan Howe produced a radio program celebrating the life of famed New York School poet, Bunny Lang. A 3-part special, this restored segment features readings and discussions with writers Dee Wells and James Merrill.

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V.R. Lang, A Memorial, Part 1

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

In 1975, Charles Ruas and Susan Howe produced a radio program celebrating the life of famed New York School poet, Bunny Lang. A 3-part special, this restored segment features discussions with writers Alison Lurie, John Ashbery, and Mary Manning.

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Bunny: Susan Howe on V.R. Lang

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Ruas and Susan Howe reminisce about their collaboration on a series of broadcasts celebrating the charismatic V.R. Lang, as part of a WBAI radio tribute in 1975. They discuss Lang's short but influential life as a poet, playwright, and actress.

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Susan Howe, Spontaneous Particulars

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Conversations with Writers

Charles Ruas interviews his old friend, Susan Howe, the celebrated poet and performance artist. The two discuss her work, influences, career trajectory, the poet's process, and integrating the original texts of esteemed writers into her work.

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Joseph Chaikin: Beckett, briefly

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Joseph Chaikin makes his way through an endless trek of mud in his reading of Samuel Beckett's How it is. The surrealist novel epitomizes both dark and light. The reader/audience is instantly absorbed in both prose and performance.

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Joseph Chaikin: Poetry Readings, Part 2

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"Merciless executioner!" "Sacred blue corn seeds, I am planting." These are but a few lines from the continuation of Joseph Chaikin's reading of a selection of prose; works ranging from philosophers, poets, and Native Americans.

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Joseph Chaikin: Poetry Readings, Part 1

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NYC-based off off broadway pioneer, Joseph Chaikin reads a selection of poems by famed contemporary poets. Shifting and twisting tones and perspectives, the 1976 recording document's some of the era's most celebrated literary and performative works.

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Andy Warhol & Bob Colacello: The Lost Fashion Interview

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Soon after the 1979 publication of their book Exposures, Warhol and Colacello talk about photography, Interview magazine, and their TV show, Fashion. The subtext reveals a tectonic shift in the artist's role in society in this long lost interview.

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Louise Bogan, What the Woman Lived

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Poet Laureate and an editor for The New Yorker for 40 years, Bogan is one of the most distinguished female poets of the 20th Century. Listen in to these 1975 readings by two professional actresses of a published collection of Bogan's correspondence.

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Allen Ginsberg on Buddhism and The Beats

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Sex, drugs, and poetry. The Beats found these three practices to be linked to Buddhism and their efforts to reach enlightenment-- to experience presence. The literary practice ultimately became their religion: from political revolutions to cut-ups.

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Armand Schwerner: The Tablets, Part II

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Leader of the ethnopoetics movement is back, reading the 1976 version of the epic that he would continue to write and amend for the rest of his life until the poem morphed into an artifact: an object that became his legacy.

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