The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 2/28/12
Sweet Memories

   Sweet Memories

We remember a part of Harvard Square’s history with writer Charlotte Silver. In her memoir, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood, Silver recalls growing up at Upstairs at the Pudding, the legendary restaurant that her parents opened in 1982.

Being raised in a restaurant had its perks: Silver sipped Shirley Temples and dined on Dover sole. She had a window into a swanky, grownup world- accentuated by flamboyant characters only found in restaurant kitchens. A solitary observer who ate her meals alone and took naps under the bar, Silver’s recollections are a tribute to the backbreaking work that goes into running a mom and pop business. Her memoir is an elegy to the lushness of fine dining. Her words are a tribute to the particular surprise and depth of felling that come with being a kid.

GUEST:
  Charlotte Silver, writer, author of Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood.
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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