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09:39

Solitude and Beauty in Galway Kinnell's Poetry.

Poet Galway Kinnell, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for his collection, "Selected Poems." His poem, "When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone" is featured this month in "The Atlantic" Magazine. (rebroadcast from April 4, 1989)

21:54

Phillip Lopate on Adopting a Voice Against Sentimentalism.

Novelist and essayist Phillip Lopate. In "Against Joie de Vivre," his new collection of essays, Lopate writes about - and rails against - the enforced gaiety of dinner parties, camaraderie in bars, teaching Chekhov to 10-year-olds and overwrought writing about architecture. In one essay, `Samson and Delilah,' Lopate uses the biblical essay to ruminate on power relations within his own family, and his confused love relationship with his mother and wife.

24:23

A Depressed Comic Actor Learns How to Be Sad

Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese suffered from depression and sought therapy from Robin Skynner. In 1983, the two released a co-written book called Families and How to Survive Them. They're collaborating on new book about mental health. Cleese also runs a video production company specializing in instructional films.

24:08

Novelist William Styron and His New "Memoir of Madness"

In 1985, novelist William Styron fell into a deep depression. He documented the years he was incapacitated by the illness, and how he coped, in his new book, Darkness Visible. Looking back at his early writing, Styron believes depression informed his novels, like The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice.

13:17

A Depressed Comic Actor Learns How to Be Sad

Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese suffered from depression and sought therapy from Robin Skynner. In 1983, the two released a co-written book called Families and How to Survive Them. They're collaborating on new book about mental health. Cleese also runs a video production company specializing in instructional films.

44:33

Cosmetic Psychopharmacology.

Psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer. Kramer has written "Listening to Prozac" (Viking Books): an examination of the larger issues behind drugs that reshape temperament. Prozac is the most widely prescribed antidepressant today, with some four and a half million users since its introduction in 1987. Kramer raises serious questions about this "miracle mood enhancer": are we headed into an age of cosmetic pharmacology? If a pill is not used to alter an illness, but rather personality, what then is "the self"?

22:38

Jill Ker Conway Continues Her Story in "True North"

Conway grew up in a remote sheep station in the Australian outback, and later became the president of Smith College. Her girlhood memoir, "The Road from Coorain," was a bestseller, In her new book, "True North," she continues her story, writing about organizing for women's rights on campus, and creating a marriage in which she and her husband are equal partners. Conway was the first female vice president of The University of Toronto, and from 1975 to 1985 was the president of Smith.

12:46

"The Other Great Depression."

Comedian Richard Lewis. His new book is called “The Other Great Depression,” (Public Affairs, 2000) and chronicles his recovery from alcoholism. He’s an award winning stand up comic and has appeared in over twenty movies and TV shows. Currently, he co-stars in Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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