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The Life of Roth
Philip Roth, the late novelist, may hold the record for “most ways to tell his own story,” in fiction and fact; in his psychiatric farce around a boy’s solo sex in Portnoy’s Complaint, then a ...
We’ll Always Have Casablanca
You must remember this, the song says. In fact, it’s hard to forget at Oscar time every April, that Casablanca, the Best Picture of 1942, was an all-time pinnacle of black-and-white Hollywood. To this day, ...
Back to School
The public schools that are reopening this spring are not the same ones that shut down in the COVID cloud a year ago. “Learning in person” is back, yes, in the close company of teachers ...
Wagner and Wagnerism
Richard Wagner, man and musician, was the embodiment of excess—too much of a good thing if you loved him, something worse if you didn’t. Those weren’t just operas he was writing, but total works of ...
The CRISPR Challenge
The CRISPR challenge is back—first to grasp, then how to apply the biggest scientific breakthrough of our century so far. You remember CRISPR: nature’s own repair kit, guarding your genetic code, cell by cell, tuning ...
Plague Year Two
We labeled it the Plague Year even before we began living it. The news last March came with medieval and bubonic overtones of catastrophe. A virus bearing down on the whole planet’s human population is ...
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Christopher Lyndon is such a treasure of a host, and a rarity; very well read, deep thinker, and open minded, on so many different topics. I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but this has been a mainstay for me for the last 4 years.
christopher lydon is the best
Lydon is a well read master of inquiry who knows how to construct a question that digs into the heart of the issue. Whether is David Foster Wallace, Dickinson, or Mark Blyth, Lydon knows the subject and how to place it within the times we live. He has a talent for asking the questions you wish you could articulate, or that the interviewee has always wanted to be asked
Such fun to dig back into Melville again for fresh perspectives on our many crises as the RNC convention serves up more lies and invective. Thank you, Chris, and your fascinating guests—in this episode as in all that you have been offering to ground us in a vision that can carry us forward together.