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Ron Padgett

Charles Ruas welcomes Ron Padgett, author of the indelible memoir Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard (Coffeehouse Press). Padgett's haunting evocation of his friendship with artist Joe Brainard, which began in first grade in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reveals an enigmatic friend and brilliant artist who fell ill at the height of his success and slowly withdrew from his work as he succumbed to AIDS. It also gives a detailed picture of the early days of the New York School poets and the downtown bohemia that nurtured them.


Conversations with Writers


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. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. His writing has frequently appeared in both ARTNews and Art in America. His other Clocktower-produced program is Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and is one of the most brilliant and extensive collections of historic audio in our archive.