Ilan Stavans: chameleon, critic

In honor of Hispanic History Month, WGBH radio, an NPR station in Boston, broadcast this ThoughtCast interview with Ilan Stavans twice. It was also picked up by KRZA, an NPR station in Alamosa, Colorado, and Georgia Public Broadcasting. And here’s a review of the program on PRX!
Ilan Stavans, the renowned critic of Latino and Latin American literature and culture, and the author of the controversial dictionary, “Spanglish,” is also a perpetual outsider. A Mexican-Jewish-American, Ilan lives simultaneously in many cultures, while truly belonging to none. He calls himself a chameleon, and perhaps this status is just what it takes to be a true critic.
Click here: to listen (30 mins).
Click here to listen to a lecture by Ilan Stavans on “Spanglish: The New American Language” on the WGBH Forum Network.

Posted on July 20, 2005 in Literature, Politics
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Harvard Book Store author talks: David Ferry

A Reading with David Ferry, discussing his translation of Virgil’s Georgics. This recording was made at Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, in May 2005. The paperback of Virgil’s Georgics, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is now available.

Click here: (45 minutes) for the talk.

And you can also listen to a ThoughtCast interview with David Ferry and Richard Thomas, the chair of Harvard’s Classics Dept.

Posted on June 22, 2005 in History, Literature, Poetry
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Stay tuned…

We’ve got upcoming ThoughtCast interviews with:

Louise Richardson on “What Terrorists Want” !!

Eric Lander of the Whitehead Institute (which he founded) and also of the Broad Institute at MIT, where he serves as founding director. His subject? The Human Genome….

Harvey Mansfield: on “Manliness”! The Harvard guru of libertarian/conservative thought tackles a subject of some delicacy. To what degree is manliness in disrepute today, in the post-feminist West, and … do we like the results? If we seek to feminize men or look down on their more traditional characteristics — aggression, competition, the accumulation of wealth, women, shiny red cars — are we doing ourselves a disservice? After all, Mansfield asks, if there are no warriors, who is going to defend us?

Posted on June 14, 2005 in Prior ThoughtCasts
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Credit Roll

Credit Roll:

Likoma, web design

Antonio Oliart, editor extraordinaire

Sonata No. 1 in G Minor by J.S. Bach, performed by Nicholas Goluses.
Courtesy Naxos of America

I would also like to thank:

Bob Doyle: entrepreneur/
philanthropist/ Renaissance Man.

Robert Lipsyte:
for telling me to get on with it.

Christopher Lydon:
for setting the pace and … finally having coffee with me. (!)

Charlie Nesson:
for being the first to give me the thumbs up.

Shelley Powers:
for her flair for design and her superior
programming skills, as evidenced on this website.
(Any complaints forward to her, please…)

Lisa Williams:
for introducing me to the world of blogs and pods
– up close and in person.

Posted on June 14, 2005 in Credit Roll
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