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Title: A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 9: Vanity of Vanities

Karen Abbott, “American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee” (Random House, 2012)

April 2nd, 2012

As a whole, the genre of biography trends towards linear narratives–wherein the events of a subject’s life are tracked in the order that they… Go to Episode

William Kuhn, “Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books” (Anchor Books, 2011)

March 15th, 2012

Nearly twenty years after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, biographers are not only continuing to tell her story but finding provocative new ways… Go to Episode

Robert F. Barsky and Noam Chomsky, “Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism” (MIT Press, 2011)

March 7th, 2012

Zellig Harris’s name is famous in linguistics primarily for his early work on transformational grammar and his influence on his most famous student,… Go to Episode

Carolyn Burke, “No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf” (Knopf, 2011)

March 1st, 2012

Edith Piaf’s story is rife with drama. The daughter of an acrobat and a singer, she was the first French superstar and sang with wild abandon in… Go to Episode