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The Callie Crossley Show 2/17/10

Braille—soon to be obsolete? What are the implications for literacy? We discuss with Brian A. MacDonal, President, National Braille Press; Kim Charlson, Director of the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library; Paul Parravano, co-director of the Office of Government and Community Relations at the MIT; and Maryanne Wolf, an expert on dyslexia, and author of “Proust and the Squid

 

Plus the play Code Switch 7 with Professor Robert Scanlan, Director of the American Repertory Theatre and Professor of the Practice of Theatre in the English Department, Harvard University; and 3 actors from the play who are members of Harvard’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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