Norman Mailer discusses his writing, literary criticism, and American life. Other topics of conversation include Mailer’s thoughts on “affirmative” literary works, apathy and a lack of passion in modern life, beat writers and their reception in the United States, and many of his contemporary writers.
Nelson Algren discusses his short story, "How the Devil Came Down Division Street," the art of writing, and writers of the Beat Generation.
Neil Postman, an author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic discusses his book; "The School Book: For People Who Want to Know What All the Hollering Is About,". Mr Postman and Studs talk about his definition of what school is for and it's worth, and they converse about several sections of the book. Mr. Postman reads an excerpt from his book to begin the interview.
Discussing the book "Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Philippine Literature in English" (published by University of Rutgers Press) with editor and poet Luis Francia.
Rolins in 1963 compiled and published: "The Christmas gif': an anthology of Christmas poems, songs, and stories, written by and about Negroes."
Discussing the book "From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana" (published by Purdue University Press) with two of its editors, Fred Gardaphe and Anthony Tamburri.
Dorothy Parker’s thoughts as a critic and writer on the state of American literature.
Charlemae Hill Rollins and Studs Terkel read from "The Christmas Gif" and discuss it's importance in African American literature. The book is an anthology of Christmas poems, songs, and stories, written by and about Negroes, and compiled by librarian Charlemae Hill Rollins. The book was first published in 1963.
Architect and wartime prisoner, Hermann Field, discusses his book "Angry Harvest," coauthored with Stanislaw Mierzenski, and also discusses architecture.
Albert Alvarez, poet, writer and critic, discusses how technology advancement is changing society. Specifically he discusses war in general, the Holocaust and advancements in destructive weapons. "Beyond All This Fiddle: Essays, 1955-1967."
Part 2 of a discussion with Jack LaPorte while Studs was in England. Conversation cuts out at 05:06 and begins the coversation with Al Alvarez. Albert Alvarez, poet, writer and critic, discusses how technology advancement is changing society. He specifically discusses war in general, the Holocaust and advancements in destructive weapons. He speaks fondly of Sylvia Plath, and discusses his current book, "Beyond All This Fiddle: Essays, 1955-1967."