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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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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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Conversations with Writers

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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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Joseph Chaikin: Poetry Readings, Part 2

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

"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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Armand Schwerner, The Tablets, Part I

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4,000 year old texts become the source of resonance and obsession for the reader, as well as the translator, Armand Schwerner. Merging notes, abbreviations, and studies, the poet reanimates an ancient script-- and a literary art form with it.

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Brian Moore, The Great Victorian Collection

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Just what is it that we see outside our window? Moore questions the evolution of human logic, which is to him an encumbrance that has stifled mankind's ability to appreciate the fantastical. Here, he explains how this idea has informed his work.

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Richard Adams, Shardik

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"The number of hoots I give for them is restricted to less than two," wrote novelist Adams in his book about a bear who is thought to be a god incarnate. Recorded in 1974, the witty Brit (author of Watership Down) discusses writing fantasy.

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Alex Haley, Roots (1976)

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What does it mean to have roots? In one of the most celebrated and controversial books in 20thC literature, Haley tackles the seemingly impossible: tracing the story of an 18thC African before and after he was captured and sold into American slavery.

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Anaïs Nin, Without Reservations

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“There is a great deal of writing that I describe as dead,” Nin claims in this 1966 interview, following the publication of her first diary. Here she not only discusses the inception of her greatest work but describes her approach to journaling.

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Ishmael Reed: Flight to Canada

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Ishmael Reed envisions Abraham Lincoln waltzing through slave quarters to the tune of Hello, Dolly in his fifth novel, a historical satire about runaway slaves. A 1976 discussion on historical and contemporary activism for racial equality.

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