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Journalist David Denby in Defense of the Western Canon

New York magazine film critic David Denby is interviewed by Fresh Air's Book Critic Maureen Corrigan about his new book "Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World." It comes from Denby's recent return to Columbia University to take two western civilization classes. He wanted to explore the current debate in literature of whether these classic books should be required reading in today's multi-cultural society.

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Other segments from the episode on September 19, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 19, 1996: Interview with David Denby; Interview with Allison Anders; Interview with Elvis Costello.

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