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Against the Grain - April 2, 2013 at 12:00pm

Against the Grain, for April 2, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Against the Grain

If the arts change with the times, why hasn't literature kept up? In "How Literature Saved My Life," David Shields picks apart most of modern literature and argues passionately for a new kind of narrative.

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so fabulous I want a copy of

so fabulous I want a copy of this interview
listened to it 3 times already
feeling it is so important
not sure i get the meaning and signifiacnce
want to send to friend n disk is this possible

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Cover to Cover Bookwaves -

Cover to Cover Bookwaves - when I listen to authors talk about their work, I learn about their world, and I am engaged. Through their eyes, I see the world differently, newly, freshly. But listening to this guy...I felt I was suffocating, I had to turn him off. I found him tiresome. He cites Virginia Wolff who was contemptuous of other authors' talents, especially Elizabeth Browning, and, it's no wonder; he also seems to hold other authors' works in contempt.

This link has an interesting article about Virginia Wolff and Elizabeth Browing from the Aesthetic Realism point of view. which I found very useful.

Two different programs.

Two different programs. "Against The Grain" explores specific ideas from a multiplicity of angles. For me, coming to an interview in this fashion is very challenging because I don't have the freedom to roam around like I do on "Bookwaves," which makes it a new experience that allows me to grow in my work. How do you get under the skin of an idea and see how it pulses? The result can be both enlightening and/or suffocating, as witness these two responses. But thank you both for writing and engaging.

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