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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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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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128 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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Anaïs Nin, Without Reservations

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

“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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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

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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Yvonne Rainer: Kristina Talking Pictures

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Take a film that is best characterized by its cinematography. Subtract that film's images. You’re left with ambient sounds + dialog. In this 1976 recording, Rainer explores the sound vs. image complex by vocally annotating her groundbreaking film.

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Carson McCullers: The Lonely Hunter

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Virginia S. Carr presents her examination into the life of the genius, Carson McCullers, the delicate, yet spirited, writer who is remembered through her novels, poems, plays, and films, such as Reflections in a Golden Eye.

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William Burroughs & Brion Gysin: Cut-Ups

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

“Junk is no good baby... Baby is no good junk... Baby is good no junk.” Toy with chance. Consider the typewriter and how it related to a collage. Cup-up a poem with Brion Gysin and William Burroughs. Hear Allen Ginsberg recount the form's inception.

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Dr. Han Suyin: The Morning Deluge

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Scholars Charles Ruas and Dr. Han Suyin discuss the sociological implications of the Maoist Revolution. Recorded in 1976 with the Cultural Revolution only recently dissolved, the subject was emotionally raw and conclusions contested.

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David Shapiro and Harry Mathews: The Ironic List

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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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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

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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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

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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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

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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