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9/11 at the Movies

9/11 at the Movies

Today we continue our 9/11 conversation with a look at how the terrorist attacks on the twin towers have been assimilated into American cinema. In the immediate aftermath the tragedy left us too raw; the event was too enormous to comprehend and capture on film. Fast-forward to today and films incorporate 9/11 as a plot point, as a way to explain a death or someone’s economic misfortune. In between these two extremes we’ve had documentaries take on the government. We’ve had dramas deal with the wear and tear of two wars. This hour, with film critic Garen Daly leading the way, we’ll look at 9/11 through the lens of tinsel town.
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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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