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John Gardner (1975)

October Light involves a crotchety old man who lives in Vermont with his sister and does what so many of us, from time to time, feel tempted to do: shoot his TV with a big gun. It won John Gardner the 1976 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. His other books include Grendel, a retelling of Beowolf, and On Becoming a Novelist. His complete works and papers are located in the rare books division in the library of the University of Rochester, New York (45 minutes).


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.