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Wang Ping

Host Charles Ruas speaks with Wang Ping about The Magic Whip, her recent collection of poetry. The title refers to the long braid of a woman's hair that, in Chinese culture, is both an allure and a weapon. Here the Shanghai-born American writer and scholar confesses how she discovered the power of Chinese characters - by studying Ezra Pound and translating Chinese poetry for Allen Ginsberg, who started her own writing career in English.


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.