The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., Aug 18
The Help

"The Help"

Anything dealing with racial dynamics is bound to get people talking. Kathryn Stockett’s book, The Help, is no exception. Set in 1960’s Mississippi, The Help was published weeks after President Obama was sworn into the White House - a time when many flirted with the idea that America was a post-racial nation. Stockett says she didn’t try to tap into the zeitgeist and didn’t set out make grand proclamations about race relations in America. She was simply aiming to write a story based on the maids who helped raise her. Her book hit the best seller list and a lot of nerves. Was this another white writer trying to give the black community a voice? Or did Stockett overcome a hurdle by writing a successful novel about black people? Now that the book’s been adapted to the big screen, we’ll take a look.

Guests:

Garen Daly: film critic
Kim McLarin: Emerson College assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, author. 
Emmett Price: Chair of the African American Studies Department, Northeastern University.

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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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