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Off The Shelf, Dracula

The cultural impact of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic gothic novel can be seen everywhere from movies to halloween costumes. With the popularity of the Twighlight series and HBO's, "True Blood," it seems we can't get enough of blood sucking dramas. To help make sense of how our culture is reinterpreting this classic theme, we're joined by Wellesley professor of English, Yu Jin Ko. We'll ask him what cultural forces are behind vampires stories, and how the dracula of over a century ago informs the vampires of today.

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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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