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Thurs., July 21
The Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

The Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

A new biography on the life of Frederick Law Olmsted explores his roots as a reformer, as a journalist championing the abolitionist movement, and as the man who gave us some of the nation’s most treasured green spaces, from Central Park to Boston’s own Emerald necklace. Today we talk to author Justin Martin about his latest endeavor, Genius of place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. Justin Martin will be speaking about his book tonight at the Harvard Book Store at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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