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EPISODE NOTES Below are the topics covered in this conversation (with time stamps).  How to accidentally becoming a world-class Milton expert. [2:00] A bracing description of how the character of Satan works. [4:30] Reading Satan after you realize you’ve been duped. [12:30] Milton’s techniques for describing the indescribable [16:23] Paradise Lost and political and cultural […]

Guest: MARK EDMUNDSON University Professor, University of Virginia and Author of the forthcoming Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy.

Guest: GEORGE HUTCHINSON Professor of American Culture, Cornell University and Author of The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union.

Guest: ED FOLSOM Professor of English, University of Iowa, Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and the Co-Director of the online Walt Whitman Archive.

Jan 12, 2021 WALKING by Thoreau

Guest: LAURA DASSOW WALLS William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame University and Author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life.

Guests: BRIAN JOHNSON Associate Professor, Fordham University and Author of The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life. AND MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI Professor, City University of New York and Author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

Guest: MASSIMO RIVA Professor and Chair of Italian Studies, Director of The Virtual Humanities Lab, Affiliated Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University.