Samuel Menashe

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Samuel Menashe, the first poet to receive the Neglected Masters Award from the Poetry Foundation in 2004, died Monday night in his sleep on August 22, 2011. He was eighty-five years old. In this clip, from the WNYC series “Know Your Neighbor,” Menashe is seen in his New York City apartment, where he lived for fifty years.

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Philip K. Dick

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Nearly all of his forty-four published books were science fiction, but Philip K. Dick, who died in 1982, has influenced countless writers and filmmakers with sociological, political, and metaphysical themes that trenscend genre. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this fall, is the author's final work.

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Spalding Gray

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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin recently acquired the archives of Spalding Gray, the author, actor, and monologuist who died in 2004. Among the materials in the collection are notebooks and diaries Gray used while writing his performance pieces, including “Swimming to Cambodia,” the first few minutes of which is seen here.

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