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Wayne talks about the bio he's writing about 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson, "My Sam Johnson: A Biography for General Readers," to be published in 2022. More info at MySamJohnson.com

Wayne talks about the bio he's writing about 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson, "My Sam Johnson: A Biography for General Readers," to be published in 2022. More info at MySamJohnson.com

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Canada

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Wayne talks about the bio he's writing about 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson, "My Sam Johnson: A Biography for General Readers," to be published in 2022. More info at MySamJohnson.com

Language:

English

Contact:

613-884-8953


Episodes

Sam's Selfies

9/16/2021
Wayne talks about the various portraits of Sam Johnson, but the discussion somehow also morphs into selfies of avocado toast and Kim Kardashian's ass, but Wayne recovers and ends up talking about the demise of literary writing. (Is that a recovery?) He ends by talking about the biography of Sam that he is writing and the website that will complement it.

Duration:00:18:16

Sam and Universities

9/9/2021
Wayne talks about freedom of expression at universities, pivoting from the recent resignation of assistant professor of philosophy Peter Boghossian from Portland State University. Also: the study of Sam in English departments.

Duration:00:21:44

Sam Johnson, Blockhead

9/2/2021
Wayne talks about Sam's attitude toward writing, and then goes on to discuss why any writer writes and what are the most important things in writing generally.

Duration:00:25:04

Sam Was Not Woke

8/24/2021
Wake discusses wokeness and Sam Johnson, with some examples from Sam's writing life. There's also a digression on Wayne's experience on Twitter.

Duration:00:22:19

Happy with Sam

8/17/2021
Wayne discusses happiness and his chat with Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Happier at Home.

Duration:00:32:20

Sam Johnson: Rambler, Adventurer, Idler

8/11/2021
Wayne talks about style and tone and how they are different in the three periodicals that Sam wrote: the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler. He also calls on some modern examples of literature, writing, and film to bolster the point about the importance of style, notably "On Good People and Bad People" by Matt Taibbi; Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; the book and film versions of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; and the film Calm Like a Bomb, directed by...

Duration:00:34:31

The English Language and Sam's Dictionary

8/4/2021
Wayne talks about the Dictionary of the English Language that Sam compiled, and which was published in 1755.

Duration:00:19:33

Sam and Home

7/30/2021
Wayne discusses Rambler essay no. 68 (Tuesday, November 10, 1750), and makes comments on it, especially as it relates to two incidents that happened to him during the week.

Duration:00:23:45

Sam Dying

7/24/2021
Wayne describes and comments on the last three weeks of Sam's life, prompted by the account kept by one of Sam's friends, John Hoole.

Duration:00:20:31

Sam's Health

7/16/2021
Wayne talks about Sam's health through his life from birth to death, but mostly focuses on his (Wayne's) methods for researching, organizing, and writing the biography, My Sam Johnson, anticipated to be published in 2022.

Duration:00:23:20

Sam, Sam, and Technology

7/8/2021
Wayne talked to his nephew Sam about current technology, 18th-century technology, and the tech things that are of interest to at least one 11-year-old boy.

Duration:00:13:56

Sam, Sam, and Technology

7/7/2021
Wayne has a discussion with his 11-year-old nephew Sam about technology, sometimes comparing the 18th and 21st centuries. NOTE: Fortunately, you can hear Sam's voice very well, but a recording glitch makes my voice sound, alternately, like I'm in a wind tunnel, fallen to the ground and writhing in pain, or trying to make my voice sound deeper in order to scare off a bear.

Duration:00:09:53

Sam Leaves Lichfield

6/28/2021
Lacking success in finding teaching or writing jobs in Lichfield, Sam moves to London to pursue a literary career.

Duration:00:14:05

Me, Sam, Writing, and Memory

6/23/2021
Wayne talks about the progress with his book, from the beginning, right to 1:27 pm.

Duration:00:09:39

The Subject of Biography

6/17/2021
Wayne discusses the reasons he is interested in Sam Johnson as a subject for biography.

Duration:00:10:45

A Couple of Books and Surprises

6/10/2021
Wayne reads and comments on three letters written by Sam Johnson.

Duration:00:08:43

Sam's Tetty

6/4/2021
Wayne relates some funny anecdotes from the life and marriage of Tetty and Sam, and makes some final comments about empathy and biography.

Duration:00:06:55

Sam Johnson, Married and Widowed

5/28/2021
Wayne reads from the prayers that Sam Johnson wrote a few weeks after the death of his wife in 1752.

Duration:00:03:00

Clean Linen: Sam, Sheets, and Personal Hygiene in the 18th Century

5/21/2021
Wayne talks about Sam's eating practices and how they relate to his character, as well as how he ended up singeing his wigs so often.

Duration:00:03:15

General: "Publick; Comprising the Whole"

5/14/2021
Wayne discusses Sam Johnson's writing style and his plans to try to encourage more reading of Johnson in the biography that he's writing.

Duration:00:02:55