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Halloween's Haunted History

The History of Halloween

In the not-so-distant past, Halloween was all about innocent tricks, nickel candy bars, paper-masked ghouls, bedsheet ghosts - neighborhood fun on a fall night. It traces its roots back to Scandanavian and Celtic traditions, to celebrations marking the changing of the seasons and a slow descent to winter. But our modern adaptations of the holiday (this year Americans alone are expected to spend $7 billion on candy, costumes, and decorations) completely remove the aura of the simple seasonal celebration.

It's become the era of haunt communities, devotees that spend the other 364 days of the year preparing for the holiday. It's the age of Halloween slasher flicks, fright nights, haunted houses, elaborate and sometimes questionable costumes, and endless piles of candy. Today we talk with Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween Nation, about how Halloween has become one of our most beloved holidays, and where this game of gory one-upsmanship is leading us.
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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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