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A Sense of Failure

Writer Ian Sansom reflects upon the sense of failure that can accompany human endeavour.

The author Ian Sansom reflects on why it is that some of the most successful people are haunted by a sense of failure and considers his own experience as a writer - a profession that thrives on failure with literature 'emerging magnificently from error and untruths'.

With reference to the writings of Paul Auster, William James and Wallace Stevens, and music by Leos Janacek, Warren Zevon and the Waterboys,

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Sep 2012 23:30

Music Played

  • Charlie Rich

    Feel Like Going Home

    • Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich.
    • Legacy/Columbia.
    • 64762.
    • 18.
  • William Shatner

    It Hasn't Happened Yet

    • Has Been.
    • Shout! Factory.
    • 30349.
    • 2.
  • Leos Janáček

    On an Overgrown Path

    Performer: András Schiff

    • A Recollection.
    • ECM Records GmbH.
    • 461 660-2.
    • 3.
  • Everything is Broken

    Bob Dylan

    • The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006.
    • Columbia.
    • 88697357972.
    • 9.
  • Good Man Gone

    The Waterboys

    • Fisherman’s Blues.
    • RCA.
    • 74321881522.
    • 5.
  • Laura Marling

    Failure

    • Alas I Cannot Swim.
    • Virgin Records.
    • 5099951688028.
    • 4.
  • Ivor Gurney

    Elizabethan Songs (5) for voice & piano: No. 4, Sleep

    Performer: Ian Bostridge

    • Bostridge: The English Songbook.
    • EMI.
    • 2.

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