Tom Sutcliffe talks to John Gray and Mary Beard
On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe discusses the 'myth' of progress with James Lasdun, Mary Beard, Mark Ravenhill and John Gray.
The poet and novelist James Lasdun talks about his experience of being cyber-stalked and the terrifying opportunities new technology offers. Mary Beard looks back to classical times to see how far the relationship between persecutor and persecuted have changed.
Playwright Mark Ravenhill discusses his comic reworking of Voltaire's 'Candide'. But is everything in the 21st century still for 'the best in the best of all possible worlds?' John Gray argues that ethical progress in human civilisation is easily reversible and yet people need to believe in myths to shape their lives and give them meaning.
Producer: Natalia Fernandez.
John Gray is a philosopher and writer.
The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths is published by Allen Lane.
Mark Ravenhill is a playwright.
The premiere of Candide, A New Comedy by Mark Ravenhill Inspired by Voltaire plays in repertoire at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 29 August – 26 October.
|Interviewed Guest||Mary Beard|
|Interviewed Guest||Mark Ravenhill|
|Interviewed Guest||John Gray|