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Stories of how writers survived the Great Depression.

Sad Men Podcast Jason Boog

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Stories of how writers survived the Great Depression.

    Delmore Schwartz: "Ringing Your Fate"

    Delmore Schwartz: "Ringing Your Fate"

    This episode explores the poetry and prose of Delmore Schwartz, a poet who found the entire course of his life reshaped by the colossal force of the Great Depression.

    Special thanks to our guest, poet and author Craig Morgan Teicher. You can read his work here: http://bit.ly/1NQVLmq

    You can read Schwartz's work in the brand new collection, "Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz."
    http://www.ndbooks.com/book/once-and-for-all-the-best-of-delmore-schwartz/

    You can read his great poem, "Tired and Unhappy, You Think of Houses" here: http://bit.ly/1NQVm3i

    You can listen to Gluck's "Deh! Placatevi con me" here:
    http://bit.ly/1QPth78

    You can read the English translation of the opera here:
    http://bit.ly/1SYrGn4

    You can read an adapted, expanded and hyperlinked transcript of this podcast on Medium: http://bit.ly/1X91uGm

    This episode also included music by Kevin MacLeod.

    Anamalie Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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    • 6 min
    May Swenson: "Work and Sleep and Drop Dead"

    May Swenson: "Work and Sleep and Drop Dead"

    This episode explores the Great Depression writings of the great poet, May Swenson.

    We explore Swenson's work for the Federal Writers Project, a radical piece of New Deal legislation that put hundreds of unemployed writers back to work creating city guidebooks, cultural essays, and oral histories in the mid 1930s.

    Swenson joined the folklore unit of the Federal Writers Project, interviewing a series of department store workers, immigrants and factory employees at the National Biscuit Company.

    Photo: National Biscuit Company Building, 15th St. & 10th Ave., NYC.
    http://www.loc.gov/item/00650317/

    You can find her collected poems at this link:
    https://www.loa.org/books/381-collected-poems

    This episode also included music by Kevin MacLeod.

    "Sneaky Snitch" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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    "Moonlight Hall" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 6 min
    James Agee: "If it hurts you, be glad of it."

    James Agee: "If it hurts you, be glad of it."

    This episode explores LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN, a Depression-era book by the great James Agee.

    Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud joins us for the podcast, explaining how Agee's work influenced her novel, QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME.

    This is a podcast created by Jason Boog, telling the stories of how a generation of men and women writers survived the Great Depression.

    Photograph by Walker Evans: "Laura Minnie Lee Tengle"
    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2007675778/

    "Odyssey" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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    "Comfortable Mystery 2" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Schubert: Symphony in C Major, D.944, the Great

    Podcast image: “High Straw Hat” by Ernest A. Towers, Jr.
    From the Index of American Design

    • 6 min
    Arch Oboler: "That Thing! It's True!"

    Arch Oboler: "That Thing! It's True!"

    This is a podcast created by Jason Boog, telling the stories of how a generation of men and women writers survived the Great Depression.

    Our first episode explores the bloody legacy of the great horror radio writer, Arch Oboler. This podcast episode was adapted from my 2007 essay for The Believer, “Skinning the Americans.”
    http://www.believermag.com/issues/200709/?read=article_boog

    "Dark Fog" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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    "Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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    This episode included two brief clips from the Old Time Radio Drama, Lights Out
    “The Author And The Thing” by Arch Oboler
    “Murder Castle” by Arch Oboler
    https://archive.org/details/LightsOutoldTimeRadio#

    Podcast image: “High Straw Hat” by Ernest A. Towers, Jr.
    From the Index of American Design

    • 5 min

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