Alex Beam interview

On 20 January 2017 I talked with one of my favorite writers Alex Beam about his recent book The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. I earlier spoke with Alex about Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital before I started archiving these programs and about the process of writing A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books on 2 October 2006, 5 March 2007, 23 July 2007 and 3 March 2008.

To hear this interview, click here.

You may hear a dog barking in the background starting about two-thirds of the way through the interview roughly at the point we begin discussing Eugene Onegin. Tilly the Pyrenees Caterpillar has grown pedantic and snobbish in her years of patrolling the back 40. She seems to object to the common substitution of the name 'Eugene Onegin' for the original Russian 'Yevgeny Onegin'. We try to humor her.

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