The Callie Crossley Show

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David Gessner's Simple Green Manifesto

David Gessner's Simple Green Manifesto

Two college buddies, David Gessner and Dan Driscoll, take a trip down the Charles River. They start at the very beginning and like New England's own Huck and Jim they paddle, float, drink, joke and proselytize as their leaky canoe winds its way out to sea. What begins as a lark becomes a serious quest: to get people, as Gessner writes, to "muck about," to discover the outdoors, to embrace the hypocrisy of being a consumer of things and nature lover. Gessner says it's time to get out, get dirty, get fired up about something, and make it your own. Dan Driscoll and David Gessner join us to talk about their journey and My Green Manifesto.

David Gessner is a professor of writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the author of eight books, including The Tarball Chronicles  and Return of the Osprey. His latest book is My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism.

Dan Driscoll works for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. He was project manager for the Upper Charles River Reservation Restoration program, where he helped reclaim and develop land along the Charles River greenway. He paddled the Charles River in a canoe with David Gessner.

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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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