Jamake Highwater

Friday, October 01, 1982

Jamake Highwater returns to the program to discuss his twelfth book, The Primal Mind. He talks about art in American Indian culture. He discusses observation versus transformation. He also talks about the different treatments of personal identity in Western culture and in primal cultures. This episode was dedicated to novelist John Gardner who died in a recently in a motorcycle accident.

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Jamake Highwater

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From the Writing Center at NYU, this radio series is dedicated to "good reading."

Blending biographical information, critical readings, book recommendations and author readings, this program (1941-51) is hosted by Warren Bower, director of NYU's Writing Center and literary critic of The Saturday Review.  Discussions about genre and craft are honest, freewheeling, and elevated.  These programs are indicative of the seriousness New Yorkers share for literary and popular literature.

From 1970-1985, Walter James Miller hosted the program.  Miller conducted early interviews with writers such as Nadine Gordimer, Erica Jong, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Gallagher and Jerzy Kosinski. He was associated with the NYU Programs in Liberal Studies.


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