You want to know a supremely cool resource? Public radio archives.
In June, Stanford English professor Arnold Rampersad spoke with David Inge on WILL-AM 580, the University of Illinois radio station. The subject was Rampersad’s new book, “Ralph Ellison: A Biography.”
Their conversation makes me hungry to read Ellison’s “Invisible Man” again; I haven’t since high school.
Prof. Rampersad has interesting insights on the major mystery of Ralph Ellison’s creative life: Why, after having written a great American novel, did he never finish a second one?
You can download the full 50-minute interview as an MP3 podcast here. (Click on the headphones icon, then save to disk.)
I’m streaming a 4½-minute audio bite on my Vox annex, dealing with the criticism Ellison received from black nationalists and separatists. The clip begins with a question from David Inge. Click here to hear it.