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Radio Reads: Books Capture The Essence Of The Dial

Jul 15, 2009 (All Things Considered)

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The media theorist Marshall McLuhan once said, "I live right inside the radio when I listen," and as someone who spends his workdays at home alone, I know this all too well.

If you listen to radio, you know it's an intimate medium, and, no offense to my cat, for me, radio is an essential companion.

If you've ever known that feeling, even for a moment, then these three books might be on your wavelength.

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'Human Voices'

Human Voices, by Penelope Fitzgerald, Paperback, 208 pages

Troy Patterson is the television critic at Slate and the film critic at Spin.

'Raised on Radio'

Raised on Radio, by Gerald Nachman, Paperback, 544 pages

'Big Beat Heat'

Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll, by John A. Jackson, Paperback, 400 pages

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