Re:sound #52: The Books Show

This hour: readers, writers, literary performance artists, and the grammar police.

2006 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: readers, writers, literary performance artists, and the grammar police.

Mind, Body, Soul
by Gregory Whitehead (BBC Radio 4, 1999)
Gregory Whitehead interviews a performance artist whose "art" consists of consuming entire copies of the Oxford English Dictionary, Gray's Anatomy, and the King James Bible, page by page.

Remedial Theory
by Benjamen Walker (The Next Big Thing, 2004)
When Slobodan Milosevic was tried at the Hague for crimes against humanity, the world collectively turned against him, except for Benjamen Walker who hand-delivered a pile of edifying literature to him, including Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

Arthur C. Clarke
by Jeff Greenwald (Invisible Ink, KALW, 2004)
After falling under the spell of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a 14-year-old tries to contact his hero -- and it forever alters his destiny.

The Serial Comma
by Jeff Johnson (Invisible Ink, KALW, 2004)
The senior editor of Kitchen Sink, "the magazine for people who think too much," does just that, and will have to look over his shoulder for Strunk and/or White for the rest of his days.

How to Destroy a Book
by Peter Crimmins (2005)
The story of a homophobic man in San Francisco who set out to destroy over 600 books and ended up exalting them.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Gregory Whitehead

Gregory Whitehead is the award-winning playwright, director and producer of more than one hundred radio plays, documentary essays and acoustic adventures for the BBC, Radio France, Australia’s ABC, NPR and other broadcasters.

Benjamen Walker

Benjamen Walker (@benjamenwalker) has made radio for NPR, WNYC, WFMU, and the BBC. Currently he produces Benjamin Walker's The Theory of Everything, part of the Radiotopia network from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Jeff Johnson

Jeff T. Johnson is a writer, critic, and editor living in Brooklyn, NY.

Peter Crimmins

Peter Crimmins is an independent producer and part-time news reporter at WHYY, in Philadelphia.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.

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