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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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102 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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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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Anaïs Nin with Judy Chicago: Vulnerabilities

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A 1975 evening with Anais Nin, as she reads from her fourth diary. Following the reading, she is joined by feminist icon, Judy Chicago. The two of them discuss women in western society and how a woman might embrace her self imposed vulnerabilities.

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The Poetry Free Music Store (1975)

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Among the many collaborative projects that WBAI partook in, during the 60/70s the Free Music Store was one of the most eclectic. Listen in on 8 leading American poets as they read their work. They include Charles Reznikoff, Quincy Troupe, and others.

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Jerzy Kosiński, on The Painted Bird

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Jerzy Kosiński reads from and discusses his first novel, The Painted BIrd. The book follows the story of a young boy wandering about Eastern Europe during WWII. Many have related the themes in the book to the Polish author's personal biography.

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Buckminster Fuller on Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking

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Bucky Fuller shares his views on privacy and human relationships, as they are interpreted by the individual and the government. He discusses his 1975 book, Synergetics, and defines the meaning and study behind this Fuller-esq word.

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Buckminster Fuller, And It Came to Pass, Not to Stay

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The opinionated and outspoken inventor Bucky Fuller reads from one of his greatest books. He forcefully speaks out against social norms and conventional politics. Instead, he encourages Charles Ruas and the public to embrace their inner child (1076).

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Donald Barthelme, The Collective Shrug

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In this final interview session with Barthelme, Ruas and Sherman drill him on his Sartre-usain writing style. The writer also discusses his views on 1960s collectives, popular culture, and what prompted him to write his first book, Snow White.

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Donald Barthelme, Slightly Irregular Pseudonyms

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Donald Barthelme discusses his many pen names and range of literary interests. He gives a glimpse into his personal life as how it relates to his children's book, The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine. The story's text was also inspired by found images.

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