"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
That's really too bad. It was so unique, and it was such an institution in that town. I can't quite tell from the article what exactly is replacing it.
Podcast? I bet some enterprising young workshopper with a laptop and a healthy procrastination for his or her own writing would be happy to make that happen.Is there any sense that this will considerably reduce the number of readings at PL? That would be sad.
I would download that podcast, but this saddens me. More than once, I've described "Live from Prairie Lights" as evidence of Iowa City's singular literary coolness. Whether it happened or not, I had a vision of workers coming home and listening to these readings on the radio on snowy nights where it was hard to do anything outside the house. Now what are my debatably-fictional workers going to listen to those nights? Half the stuff on public radio is so precious and self-satisfied I can't stand it, and public radio is better than most of the dial by a good bit.
A lot of people are up in arms, and PL will probably/should use this as an opportunity to take ownership of a series (form tbd) that wsui has always controlled, especially re: the host. I spoke briefly with Jan, and publishers certainly still want to send top writers. Something will have to take shape.
Damn. I've always harbored a dream of reading at PL and being interviewed by that crazy dame one day....
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