The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 3/15/12
Ugly Boston

Ugly Boston
Nate Swain is a landscape architect by training, and a keen observer by nature. His first foray into public art came with murals in the North End. Now he's set his sights on other spaces ripe for an art intervention. His new blog maps out every boring, blank, or depressing city space, and he plans to expand this survey to the entire city of Boston. We talk with him about making art on an urban canvas.

GUESTS
  Nate Swain, artist and muralist based in the North End. His blog, Blank, Ugly, Boring Boston 'potentially' made Beautiful, chronicles sites in the North End ripe for an art intervention. He plans to expand the project to include sites all over Boston.
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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