Alienation (Social psychology)
Feb 5, 2014 — The Beat Generation icon was a magnet for artists, musicians and wannabe hipsters. In a 1985 interview, the author credited his most groundbreaking work to the fallout from his wife's accidental death at his own hands, saying, "It was an event that ... made me into a writer." Burroughs died in 1997.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ulysses by James Joyce. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, and Barry Miles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 8, 2009 — Best-selling mystery novelist James Patterson may be known for his thrillers, but the little book that profoundly influenced his writing was far less conspicuous. Mrs. Bridge, the tale of a Kansas City husband and wife, would stay with him forever.
Oct 8, 2009 — Once the center of an obscenity trial, William S. Burroughs' novel is a dark, wild ride through the terror of heroin addiction and withdrawal, filled with paranoia, erotica and drug-fueled hallucinations.
May 6, 2009 — Moby Dick, Ulysses and The Sound and the Fury can cause cold sweats just by coming up on a syllabus, but author Jack Murnighan swears that these classics are packed with humor.
Oct 28, 2008 — As the presidential election approaches, Talk of the Nation will ask guests to make the case for the two candidates on foreign and domestic policy. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains why Barack Obama is the right choice in 2008.
May 19, 2008 — There are beach books full of sun and cotton candy and beach books dappled with shadow and sardonic humor. The very different beach books Maureen Corrigan recommends all have one thing in common: They carry a reader far beyond the familiar.
May 27, 2007 — Eve Tallman, director of the prize-winning Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah, kicks off our annual summer reading series with a handful of books she's set aside for the season.