Key West Literary Seminar
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The archives of the Key West Literary Seminar contain hundreds of unique presentations by some of the world's most influential writers. The best of these recordings are now being released online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide.
||Marilynne Robinson: ‘Grace’||Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson delivers a lecture on the notion of grace, "a word without synonyms, a concept without paraphrase." From the current state of the publishing industry to her work in academia, Robinson presents a series of thought-p||4 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wally Lamb: ‘Compassion’||Wally Lamb reads his essay, “A Case of Joni,” in which Joni Mitchell’s song “The Magdalene Laundries” is used as an entry point into a discussion on the complexities of compassion. Lamb also explores his path to becoming a writer and his work te||28 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wonder: A Conversation with Pico Iyer and Barry Lopez||This conversation focuses on the concept of wonder and it’s relationship to literature. In this broad yet focused discussion, Pico Iyer & Barry Lopez speak on the importance of diversity, the author’s obligation to bear witness, and the ethical dilem||16 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||David A. Kaufelt: “The Peter Pan Theory”||“I have a theory why we all live here—it’s called the Peter Pan theory. Freud said we're at our most creative before we’re five years old. That’s where we are here. We wear shorts, we ride bicycles, we have the water, a great symbol of the uncon||12 5 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Two Hats: John Banville & Benjamin BlackIn conversation with James Gleick||“We have this illusion that we are unitary beings. We have the notion that there is a pilot light inside us that is one's self. I don't believe this is the case. We're a collection of poses, of attitudes, of versions of ourselves. We make ourselves||28 2 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carl Hiassen: Florida Freak Show||In Florida, news tends toward the outlandish, Carl Hiaasen explains, and it’s difficult to write stories that don’t eventually come true. On this hilarious recording, Hiaasen recounts his favorite Florida news items, including the disappearance of leg||16 1 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, Laura LippmanFatal Vision: The Imprint of True-Crime Movies||Laura Lippman, Megan Abbott, and Gillian Flynn discuss how novels and films featuring women protagonists are presented in popular culture and perceived by audiences. “Things that make men cry are considered profound," remarks Lippman. “Things that mak||15 1 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sara Paretsky: My Quest for Heroes2014 John Hersey Memorial Address||Sara Paretsky weaves together contemporary social and political issues as they relate to mystery and crime fiction. She asks “What is the role of the writer?” while warning of the dangers of self-censorship and government surveillance; and she reminds||15 1 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harvey Shapiro | 2010||The late Harvey Shapiro reads a selection of his poems as well as work by Richard Wilbur and Yiddish writer Joseph Rolnik. Shapiro discusses the impact of World War II on the ‘class of 1924’ and talks about his mentors Charles Reznikoff, Louis Zukofsk||8 10 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tennessee Williams: April 3, 1971 A reading for the Key West Library||The great playwright Tennessee Williams produced this recording for the Key West Library in 1971. The fifteen-poem selection includes the never-published 'The wayward flesh has made me wise...' and provides a rare opportunity to hear the voice of an Ameri||10 6 2013||Free||View In iTunes|