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EPISODE 11 - THE UNDYING: PAIN, VULNERABILITY, MORTALITY, MEDICINE, ART, TIME, DREAMS, DATA, EXHAUSTION, CANCER, AND CARE
BY ANNE BOYER
Look at American poet and essayist Anne Boyer's terrific (and terrifying) 2019 cancer memoir and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Mr. Justin Magnuson of the University of Louisville's Trager Institute and host of Louisville's 'Before I Die Festival' joins to discuss death, dying, end-of-life doulas, and ways to expand the dialogue on life's silent end to rich and vibrant conversations on the subject in the here and now.
EPISODE 10 - SONTAG: HER LIFE AND WORK
BY BENJAMIN MOSER
Iconoclastic 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning analysis of the life, mind, and work of late 20th century Jewish-American LGBT novelist, essayist, and cultural critic Susan Sontag by Jewish-American LGBT biographer Benjamin Moser. Brutal scrubbing of Sontag's high Marxist and Freudian thought by her most formidable foe yet: 21st century suburban pop psychology. Special content from CUNY's Leon Levy for Biography and the author himself!
Review of the life and letters of late 20th century American cultural critic, author, and winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction Susan Sontag, with specific emphasis on her most famous literary format: her essays. Activism, AIDS, bisexuality, Cancer, Critical Theory, etc. we talk about it all because Sontag WROTE about it all. Special content from Ms. Sontag courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library on the back half of the show! Enjoy!
EPISODE 9 - ESSAYS
BY SUSAN SONTAG
EPISODE 8 - BARON WENCKHEIM'S HOMECOMING
BY LÁSZLÓ KRASZNAHORKAI
Fourth and final episode in our four-part series reviewing Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai's 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature as a capstone to his 40-year career and creative quadrilogy. All literal and literary roads converge as the author (and his final character) return to face the post-Communist realities they left behind in Hungary in the late 1980's...and reality has it's own conclusions. Exclusive content by the City Lights Booksellers & Publishers! Enjoy!
EPISODE 7 - WAR & WAR
BY LÁSZLÓ KRASZNAHORKAI
Third episode in a four-episode series on Hungarian writer and winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature László Krasznahorkai. With late 1980's Hungarian Communism now a decade-distant memory Krasznahorkai's 1999 'War & War' turns to the author's inner totalitarian dictator: literary and artistic ideas that simply will not relent until expressed. Exclusive content by the Goethe-Institut Boston and Boston University back half!