Adam Phillips podcasts

April 12, 2008

Wandering around cyberspace this week looking for interesting podcasts to take with me on the flight to New York at the end of the week brought me to these conversations with Adam Phillips. In BBC Radio 4’s Open Book Phillips talks about his most recent book Side Effects and in this shorter clip he talks about Going Sane. There’s a longer interview with Phillips recorded at the New York Public Library in May of last year here.

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to the very evocative long Phillips interview at the NY Public Library, which I listened to on the train to work this morning here in Tokyo. I’ll add a little, in the spirit of offering one person’s example of the wonderful serendipity, or meeting of minds/spirits, of “wandering around cyberspace,” thanks to everyone’s generosity of sharing. Yesterday, I read the sad news about Nuala O’Faolain in the Guardian online—Are You Somebody resonated strongly with me also a few years ago—googled her name, came to your site for the first time, was touched by your post and the comments, and blithely moved on to this post on Phillips, for whom I’d looked for net audio to no avail in the past. Late last night, home from work and thus free to listen, I sat with eyes watering listening to the recent and Dec. 2006 O’Faolain RTE interviews. Phillips ventured the quirky “I can’t understand why anyone would want to meet the author [of a book they like],” and a couple of stations passed before the dissenting interviewer rallied with “Shouldn’t we be suspicious of someone who speaks as well as they write?” O’Faolain and Phillips, respectively, are two lovely counterexamples to these assertions.

  2. Hi Anthony – I am so glad you picked up on that association. It was only in hindsight as I was thinking about Oscar Wilde of all people that I recognised the connection as well. I guess my unconscious must be trying to find a way to explore all of this – I may even write a post about it!

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