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1984

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  • 01 Penn Kimball - "The File" 1-2-84
  • 02 Paul Fussell - "Class" 1-5-84
  • 03 Ron Hansen - "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" 1-9-84
  • 04 Alfred Appel Jr. - "Signs of Life," reading photos) 1-4-84
  • 05 Stanley Bard, manager, Chelsea Hotel - a literary landmark 1-16-84
  • 06 Walter Tevis - "The Steps of the Sun" 1-17-84
  • 07 Olga Sheppard, Ohio book store owner - store destroyed by plane 1-23-84
  • 08 William Kennedy - "Ironweed," "O Albany" 1-24-84
  • 09 Jack Newfield - "The Education of Jack newfield" 1-27-84.mp3
  • 10 Andrew Greeley, writer-priest - donates big sum to his alma mater 1-30-84
  • 11 Nigel Calder - "1984 and Beyond" 1-31-84
  • 12 Harold Evans - "Good Times, Bad Times" 2-1-84
  • 13 Calvin Trillin - "Killings" 2-3-84
  • 14 Richard M. Nixon, former president - "Real Peace" 2-6-84
  • 15 Jack Matthews - "Sassafras" 2-13-84.mp3
  • 16 Bill Lovert, Random House - recall of children's "Button Book" 2-15-84
  • 17 David Nevin - "Dream West") 2-16-84
  • 18 Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), poet - "Autobiography of LeRoi Jones" 2-20-84
  • 19 Tom Delong - "Pops," autobiography of Paul Whiteman 2-22-84
  • 20 Judy Blume - "Smart Women" 2-23-84
  • 21 William Burroughs - "Place of Dead Roads" 2-27-84
  • 22 William Least Heat-Moon - "Blue Highways" 3-1-84
  • 23 Jim Plummer - "A Gift From Maine" 3-6-84
  • 24 Robert McElvaine - "The Great Depression" 3-2-84
  • 25 Tom Wicker, New York Times reporter - "Unto This Hour" 3-8-84
  • 26 James Purdy - "On Glory's Course" 3-12-84
  • 27 Joe Flaherty (with John Scanlon om Flahert's posthumous book "Tin Wife") 3-20-84
  • 28 John Naisbitt - "Megatrends" 3-19-84
  • 29 Miniature Books (with Miriam Irwin of the Mosaic Press, Cincinnati) 3-21-84
  • 30 Claire Francis - "Night Sky" 3-23-84.mp3
  • 31 Andrew Greeley, writer-priest - "Lord of the Dance" 3-26-84
  • 32 Christian Romances ( with editor Eta Wilson of Nelson Publishing) 2-18-84
  • 33 Robert Houston - "The Nation Thief" 3-29-84
  • 34 Marge Piercy - "Fly Away Home" 4-9-84
  • 35 Robert Barnard, mystery writer - "School for Murder" 4-13-84
  • 36 Robert Ludlum - "The Aquitaine Progression" 4-16-84
  • 37 New Overbrook Press - "The Lost Ones" by Samuel Beckett (with publisher Charles Altschul) 4-19-84
  • 38 Bob Reiss - "The Casco Deception" 4-20-84
  • 39 Samuels Charters - "Jelly Roll Morton's Last Night" 4-23-84
  • 40 Book Notes, miscellaneous commentary 4-15-84
  • 41 Bernice Rubens - "Brothers" 4-26-84
  • 42 A.E. Hotchner - "Choice People" 4-30-84
  • 43 Brian Aldiss - "Helliconia Summer" 5-2-84
  • 44 Martyn Burke - "The Commissar's Report" 5-4-84
  • 45 Dick Francis - "The Danger" 5-7-84
  • 46 Jody Powell, President's Carter Press Secretary - "The Other Side of the Story" 5-10-84
  • 47 Donald McCaig - "Nop's Trials" 5-11-84
  • 48 Sloan Wilson - "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit II" 5-14-84
  • 49 Americans in Paris (with Brian Morton) 5-17-84
  • 50 Charlotte Chandler - "The Ultimate Seduction" 5-18-84
  • 51 Barney Rosset, publisher, Grove Press 5-21-84
  • 52 Poets Corner, St. John the Devine (with Daniel Haberman, poet-in-residence) 5-24-84
  • 53 Book Industry Study Group (with John Taylor of Market Facts) 5-25-84
  • 54 Censorship-500 Years of Conflict (with Evan Hunter, Kurt Vonnegut, Barnet Rossett, Judy Blume, Cal Thomas, etc) 5-28-84
  • 55 William Murray, mystery writer - "Tip on a Dead Crab" 6-4-84
  • 56 Whitley Streiber - "War Day" 6-7-84
  • 57 William McPherson - "Testing the Current" 6-11-84
  • 58 Bill Adler, book packager (solution to "Who Killed the Robbins Family?") 6-13-84
  • 59 John Lahr - "Automatic Vaudville" 6-14-84
  • 60 Gail Parent - "A Little Bit Married" 6-15-84
  • 61 Richard Shickel - "D.W. Griffith, An American Life" 6-18-84
  • 62 Robert B. Parker - the Spenser novels 6-20-84
  • 63 Evan Hunter (Ed McBain) - "The Blackboard Jungle," "Lizzie" 6-25-84
  • 64 Gordon Lish - "What I Know So Far" 6-28-84
  • 65 William L. Shirer, broadcast pioneer - "The Nightmare Years" 7-2-84
  • 66 Georgi Markov (murdered Bulgarian dissident - with widow Annabel Markov, "The Truth That Killed") 7-9-84
  • 67 Bob Greene - "Good Morning Merry Sunshine"7-11-84
  • 68 Louis L'Amour - "The Walking Drum" 7-16-84
  • 69 Roy Blount Jr. - "What Men Don't Tell Women" 7-19-84
  • 70 Robert Creeley - "Collected Poetry," "Collected Prose" 7-23-84
  • 71 Kit Williams, magical U.K. artist - "Book Without a Name" 7-26-84
  • 72 John Updike - "The Witches of Eastwich" 7-30-84
  • 73 Kenneth Davis (history of paperback books, "Two-Bit Culture") 8-6-84
  • 74 Twilla Ligget (producer, PBS's Reading Rainbow) 8-8-84
  • 75 Jan Herald Brunvald (urban legends, "The Choking Doberman") 8-9-94
  • 76 T. Gertler - "Elbowing the Seducer" 8-13-84
  • 77 Anne Edwards (library lending rights for authors) 8-17-84
  • 78 Anthony West on his father H.G. Wells - "Aspects of a Life" 8-20-04
  • 79 Edward Zuckerman - "The Day After WW III" 8-27
  • 80 Alfred Kazin, famed literary critic - "American Procession" 9-10-84
  • 81 Leslie Gourse (on the great jazz singers, "Louis' Children") 9-12-84
  • 82 Walter Tevis (obituary) 8-15-84
  • 83 James Agee (with Lawrence Bergreen, "James Agee, a Life" 9-24-04
  • 84 American Mercury (with publisher Richard Russell on a facsimile of H.L. Mencken's magazine) 9-27-84
  • 85 William Heyen (poet remembers the Holocaust, "Erika") 10-1-84
  • 86 Gregory McDonald (thriller writer on the Fletch and Flynn books) 10-4-84
  • 87 Joseph Heller - "God Knows" 10-8-84
  • 88 Robert Byrne (civil engineer turned novelist on building disasters, "Skyscraper") 10-15-84
  • 89 Truman Capote (memorial service in New York) 10-16-84
  • 90 "Titters 101" (with writers Anne Beatts, Deanne Stillman) 10-17-84
  • 91 Alice Adams - "Superior Women" 10-18-84
  • 92 Josef Skvorescky (Czech dissident writer, "Engineer of Human Souls") 10-22-84
  • 93 George Forss, David Douglas Duncan (photographers, "New York New York") 10-24-84
  • 94 Frederick Forsythe - "The Fourth Protocol" 10-25-84
  • 95 Terry Kay, Georgia writer - "Dark Thirty" 10-29-84
  • 96 Alberto Alvarado Rios (Arizona poet) 11-1-84
  • 97 Lady Antonia Fraiser - "The Weaker Vessel"10-31-84
  • 98 Howard Fast - "The Outsider" 11-5-84
  • 99 Francesca Stanfill - "Shadows and Light" 11-12-84
  • 100 Dennis Smith (firefighter turned author, "Steeley Blue") 11-14-84
  • 101 Alison Lurie - "Foreign Affairs"11-15-84
  • 102 John Gardner (British - author of the James Bond novels, "Role of Honor") 11-19-84
  • 103 William Katz (thriller writer, "Surprise Party") 11-2-84
  • 104 Thomas McGuane - "Something to be Desired" 11-22-84
  • 105 David Schoenbrun, distinguished CBS News correspondent - "America Inside and Out" 11-26-84
  • 106 Gerald Greene - "Not in Vain" 12-3-84
  • 107 William Kennedy - "The Ink Truck" 12-5-84
  • 108 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist, author of 22 kids' books 12-7-84
  • 109 Thomas Merton (with biographer Michael Mott, "The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton") 12-10-84
  • 110 Victor Navasky - "The Experts Speak" 12-13-84
  • 111 David Payne - "Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street" 12-17-84
  • 112 Joe McGuinniss - "Fatal Vision" 12-19-84
  • 113 Ian Ballantine (paperback book pioneer, founder of Bantam, Ballantine Books) 12-20-84
  • 114 F. Scott Fitzgerald (with biographer James Mellow, "Invented Lives") 12-24-84
  • 115 Herbert Gold - "Mister White Eyes" 12-26-84
  • 116 James Dickey, poet - profile 12-31-84


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