Adam talks with British writer Ian McEwan about some of the autobiographical experiences that went into his latest novel Lessons, including his school days, parenthood and losing parents. We also talk about the ethical dilemmas presented by Artificial Intelligence, the British philosopher Bryan Magee and what makes Ian laugh.
Recorded face to face in London on 8th July, 2022
Thanks to Séamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support.
Podcast artwork by Helen Green
DOZY ROSIE (4K) - 2022 (YOUTUBE)
13 minutes of Rosie dozing on a sofa to the sound of piano noodling from the next room.
This installation at Changi Airport Terminal 1, Singapore, was conceived by Art+Com, a German design firm led by Jussi Angesleva, a German-based Finnish artist in 2012.
EVELYN WAUGH AT THE BBC by Mark Brown - 2008 (GUARDIAN)
I couldn't find the audio of the interview Ian mentioned at the beginning of our conversation, but this article provides more detail about the encounter in 1953 between Evelyn Waugh and the hosts of the BBC radio programme Frankly Speaking
MERLIN - BIRD IDENTIFICATION APP (THE CORNELL LAB)
BEFORE MIDNIGHT - CELINE ARGUMENT SCENE - 2013 (YOUTUBE)
PENSÉES BY BRIAN MAGEE Compiled by Jason Cowley. Introduction by Henry Hardy - 2021 (NEW STATESMAN)
HERBERT MARCUSE INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN MAGEE - 1977 (YOUTUBE)
In this program with world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee, the late philosopher and radical political theorist Herbert Marcuse explains how the so-called Frankfurt School reevaluated Marxism when world economic crisis failed to destroy capitalism as predicted by Marx. He also analyzes the philosophical roots of the student rebellions of the sixties.
IAN McEWAN INTERVIEW: HOW WE READ EACH OTHER (About his novel 'Sweet Tooth' - 2014 (YOUTUBE)
IAN McEWAN ON HIS WRITING PROCESS - 2011 (YOUTUBE)
STEPHEN PINKER ON GOOD WRITING WITH IAN McEWAN - 2021 (YOUTUBE)
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