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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.

Radio Featuring Charles Ruas

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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Conversations with Writers

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122 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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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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David Shapiro and Harry Mathews: The Ironic List

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Transcendentalism meets irony in the works of Mathews, or so it's argued as an alternative for the parodies often found in the works of his contemporaries. His interviewer, Shapiro, being the exception. Here, the two NYC schooled writers talk shop.

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The Female Angst, Part 2: Joan Didion & Dory Previn

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The 2nd wave feminist movement liberated women from the public realm. But what of their private lives? Didion claims that anguish is a singular feeling, mutually shared between sexes. Previn says that US society has inhibited men from introspection.

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The Female Angst, Part 1: Anaïs Nin

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The second wave feminist movement of the 1960s/70s liberated women within the public realm. But what about their private lives? Three woman writers were invited to answer this question. Anais Nin discusses the supposed masculine nature of creating.

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Maxine Hong Kingston, The Warrior Woman

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According to some stories in Chinese mythology and martial arts, only a woman's body can be perfected. Listen in as novelist M. Hong Kingston discusses this ideal, as well as other ordeals related to the Chinese American experience and global policy.

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Ginsberg + Burroughs, Return to Columbia

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The two poets reunite, commemorating an evening of poetry readings that took place 16 years before. The two discuss the shift from negative to positive views on the Beat Generation. Both agree that the eve in question was the breaking point.

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Beckett Mabou Mines, Double Bill (1974)

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Destined to blindly roam and romp in a cylinder. Lost minds. Forgotten language. These are the worlds described by Beckett and performed by the troupe named in his honor. Listen in on two performances and an interview with the original Mabou Mines.

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Carlos Fuentes, Bilingual in Thought

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A conversation between the novelist and two academics. They discuss character development and the structure of a novel; comparing American and Mexican literature. The writer explains how the two national identities and languages have influenced him.

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Craig Nova, The Geek

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Craig Nova discusses the art of crafting a book that is the epitome of a "paranoid personality;" such is the case with his second novel, The Geek. He and Ruas talk about psychology, character development, landscape, and defining a new mythical hero.

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Leonard Michaels, I Would Have Saved Them If I Could

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Somber and oppressive, but nonetheless introspective, Michaels' book of shorts about the dark side of NYC life is one for the history books. Praised as being a writer of his time, the author tackles controversies relevant to the 70s and urban life.

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: Triadic Line

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In his final lecture at the Naropa Institute, Ginsberg relates poetry to other creative disciplines. He ends the course by discussing musical composition and poetry, as well as comparing three literary titans: WC Williams, Jack Kerouac, and himself.

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: The Figure Five

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The figure five. It can exist in theory as well as graphically. In this segment, Ginsberg discusses this concept through the work of William Carlos Williams and the West Village painters enamored by visual culture at the turn of the 20th Century.

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Allen Ginsberg, The Naropa Sessions: For America

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The US distinguished itself as a world leader through war & economics during the first half of the 20th C. But what about its writers and artists? Allen endeavors to answer this question; challenging his students consider their craft from this angle.

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