Monday, June 16, 2014
The book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was once illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. But James Joyce, publishers, and other authors fought for the freedom to publish it.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
On Thursday morning, the Swedish Academy named Canadian Alice Munro as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Not a stylist nor a writer of experimental fiction, Munro is a self described old fashioned storyteller. Her disciples and fellow writers describe her as creating small worlds that convey addictive wisdom. Radhika Jones, executive editor at TIME magazine, explains the significance of this choice.
Monday, March 18, 2013
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
Philip Roth fans and scholars from across the country are descending on Newark this week for several activities honoring the city's most famous literary son on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Hall-of-famer Monte Irvin talks about his time in baseball during a round table discussion led by host Walter James Miller.
Monday, May 21, 2012
What is the color of honey, and "faces pale with fear"? If you're Homer--one of the most influential poets in human history--that color is green. And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Which all sounds...well, really off. Producer Tim Howard introduces us to linguist Guy Deutscher, ...
Friday, December 02, 2011
Rosamund Bartlett talks about the life and legacy of Leo Tolstoy. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, with a growing international following, and more revered than the tsar. Bartlett’s biography, Tolstoy: A Russian Life is a portrait of the brilliant, maddening, and contrary man who made a lasting impression on literature and culture.