This week’s show is a doubleheader. In game one, Award-winning poet and Mancunian Adam O’Riordan joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Boris Dralyuk, as well as author David Shook, to discuss the Manchester Writing School, its relationship to Los Angeles, the tradition of English letters in Southern California, and how to strengthen Los Angeles’s literary ties across the pond. In the nightcap, Eric, Boris, and David are joined by Amanda de la Garza, curator of an exhibit of contemporary Oaxacan murals at the Downtown LA Library entitled “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA” to discuss the powerful resonance of indigenous language, art, and tradition in an era of mass migration from Oaxaca to Los Angeles. Also, author Karen Tei Yamashita returns to recommend Pankaj Mishra’s From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia; as well as his most recent book, Age of Anger: A History of the Present.
LARB Radio Hour: Literary and Artistic Connections: Manchester to Oaxaca to LA; Plus, Pankaj Mishra’s “Histories”
By LARB AV - October 26, 2017