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Vampires and Harvard

Vampires and Harvard
Dracula "Breaking Dawn", the latest movie release based on author Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars in theaters all around the world. True Blood, an HBO series based on a vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, has racked up legions of fans, not to mention Golden Globe and Emmy wins. So why all this fuss about some tragically attractive, light-averse and blood thirsty protagonists?

That's what Sue Weaver Schopf set out to find out. Her class at Harvard Extension picks apart our unyielding fascination with the undead, tracing the myth back thousands of years, across books, poetry, film and TV. We talk to her about the very first vampires all the way up to Anne Rice and Edward Cullen.

Guest:
  Sue Weaver Schopf, associate dean for the Master of Liberal Arts program at the Harvard Extension School. She teaches a class called "The Vampire in Literature and Film," which traces the history of vampires from their first historical incarnations up to "Twilight" and "True Blood".
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*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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