141 episodes

Talks and interviews about the life of biography as experienced by a biographer over forty years and fourteen biographies, dealing with subjects ranging from Sylvia Plath to William Faulkner, Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag, and much more.

A Life in Biography Carl Rollyson

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

Talks and interviews about the life of biography as experienced by a biographer over forty years and fourteen biographies, dealing with subjects ranging from Sylvia Plath to William Faulkner, Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag, and much more.

    Work in Progress: A Biography of Marilyn Chambers

    Work in Progress: A Biography of Marilyn Chambers

    The first biography of the adult film star and how a biographer goes about the research, finding an agent and publisher.

    • 40 min
    A conversation to Jerry Muller about Jacob Taubes, the Professor of Apocalypse

    A conversation to Jerry Muller about Jacob Taubes, the Professor of Apocalypse

    We range over the many places and people of an erotic and intellectual life spanning Europe, the U.S., and Israel with Susan Sontag, Gershom Scholem, Herbert Marcuse, and many more radical thinkers.

    • 49 min
    A talk with Beverly Gray about Roger Corman, Ron Howard, and what it takes to do a biography

    A talk with Beverly Gray about Roger Corman, Ron Howard, and what it takes to do a biography

    How do you become a biographer? Hear one story about it and Beverly Gray’s adventures with Roger Corman and Ron Howard

    • 45 min
    A Biography of Jack Ruby, you say?

    A Biography of Jack Ruby, you say?

    Listen to Danny Fingeroth speak from an undisclosed location about his work in progress.

    • 39 min
    Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and the Biographical Quest

    Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and the Biographical Quest

    LIsten to Aaron Sachs talk about his new book, Up From the Depths: Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and Rediscovery in Dark Times. I call it a palimpsest of biography in my New York Sun Review.

    • 48 min
    A talk about Jackie Ronne, polar explorer with her accomplished biographer, Joanna Kafarowski

    A talk about Jackie Ronne, polar explorer with her accomplished biographer, Joanna Kafarowski

    How history gets rewritten in biographies of women

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Nutly19 ,

Great but…

I could not agree more with the previous rating. Fantastic guests with a lot of expertise on the part of the interviewee and host. But the sound…! The interviewer sounds like he’s in a tin tunnel, causing huge swings in columns and clarity between guest and host. It’s disrespectful to the guest/s and to turn listener. Please! Fix the audio and this would be 5 stars.

eclectic7 ,

Sound quality is distracting

Interviews are top-notch, but the sound quality (or lack thereof) is distracting. Invest in a $70 Samson mike. You will still maintain that great interview style without the distraction of poor sound quality. EDIT: upgraded to 5 stars. Improvement in sound quality noted and appreciated.

Bringing up Baby ,

Illuminating

Lots of “Oh! I never thought of it that way!” moments in these thoughtful reflections from a prodigious career.

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