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 The Awesome Foundation was founded in Boston by 10 friends who gathered around the idea of giving grants of $1,000 each month to projects they have deemed "awesome". Anyone can apply for a grant from the self-funded independent foundation, which the group has called the "MacArthur Grant for micro-flashes of brilliance".  Now there are Awesome Foundations across the country, and Awesome Foundation trustee (and Somerville resident) Christina Xu joins us to discuss the Awesome Foundation and the foundation's new non-profit branch, the Institute of Higher Awesome Studies, which is working to create Awesome Foundations in Detroit, New Orleans, and Haiti.
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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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