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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Episode Summary
What is literature? How might we restore it to the center of our lives? Garber, Harvard English professor and Ulin, book critic for the Los Angeles Times, explore how reading can be a \"revolutionary act\" in the digital age.

Participant(s) Bio
Marjorie Garber has published fifteen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Shakespeare After All received the 2005 Christian Gauss Book Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Garber is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Program in Dramatic Arts.

David L. Ulin is book critic of the Los Angeles Times. From 2005-2010 he served as the Times' book editor. He is the author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a 2002 California Book Award. His essays and criticism are widely published.