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Writer Al Alvarez on His Fear of the Dark

The British author's new book Night: Night Life, Night Language, Sleep, and Dreams is about the dark and the night, literally and figuratively. He examines night terrors, dreams, sleep research, fear of the dark, and "the dark night of the soul." He's also a poker enthusiast.


Ray Bradbury: 'It's Lack That Gives Us Inspiration.'

"I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire ... the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars," Bradbury told Terry Gross in 1988. The science-fiction writer died Tuesday at the age of 91.

This interview was originally broadcast in 1988.

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