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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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109 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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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: Nominal Tasks

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Writing a poem isn't a nominal task. Or is it? In this segment, Allen Ginsberg takes it one step further by deconstructing a poem written by one who could not physically record his thoughts and from a woman who sought to find meaning in nothing.

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: Subjective Babbling

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In this lecture Allen Ginsberg talks about the importance of visual culture, when it comes to a poet's repertoire. He talks about how some great writers were influenced by the fine arts and wrote about objects; rather than babbling about life.

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: Regarding Measurement

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Listen in on a class lecture given by Allen Ginsberg at the Naropa Institute! In this session he discusses the notion of measurement and how important it is for a poet to be aware of it when composing their work. Is it intentional? Is it spontaneous?

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: Fresh Water

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Keep the summer going with Allen Ginsberg and listen in on his 1975 Summer Writing Course! Can an idea be an object? The beat poet lectures on Objectivist & Imagist poetry. Take some notes or kick back and listen to him read the works of great poets.

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Elaine Steinbeck: A Man of the Soil

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John Steinbeck's widow explains how her late husband, notorious for his rugged Americana fiction, was inspired by magic and and the spirituality of "place." She talks about his interest in history, roots, and how he differed from his contemporarie

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H.M. Koutoukas, The Butterfly Session

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"And what of the regal butterflies?" In this raw recording H.M. Koutoukas reads from the 26th chapter of Marguerite Young's Miss MacIntosh, My Darling. Listen in on the recording session as he re-reads passages and puts emphasis on certain lines.

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Pablo Neruda in New York (1966)

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Upon entering the US for a tour, the renowned Neruda was blocked by customs. After LBJ's Presidential intervention, he went on to NYC for what would be his final trip to the States. Listen in as he gives thanks to NY and reads his greatest works.

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Anaïs Nin: The Item of Three

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In this reading, Nin debunks the idea of "the self;" replacing it with narrative and the illusive prospect of happiness. She splits her personae into three and relates them to her relationships with others. She's joined by her husband Rupert Pole.

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Jorge Luis Borges in New York

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From his writings on mythical creatures, political leaders, tigers, grandmothers, labyrinths, and WWII, Borges is known by philosophers and folklorists alike. Listen in on one of his final performances in the US. Here he reads and discusses his work.

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The Life and Work of Sylvia Plath

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A group of actors and contemporaries unite to celebrate Sylvia Plath. In addition to reading selections of her works, they discuss the poets personal life and how it impacted her writing. Tune in to hear the dramatizations of The Bell Jar and more!

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Nigel Nicolson, Letters of Virginia Woolf

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The fluttering array of social perceptions bestowed upon and augmented by Virgina Woolf have fallen into legend. Life long friend Nigel Nicolson both adds to her myth and sheds light upon her biography by discussing her letters and social pressures.

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Tennessee Williams, Memoirs

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There was an uproar upon the initial publication of Tennessee Williams' memoirs. His blunt approach to his nefarious lifestyle and chronic depression were unexpected. Listen in and here him talk about his writing, lifestyle and reaction to criticism.

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