A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
Michael Berkeley's guests is writer on families Andrew Solomon.
The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
American author Ben Lerner on his novel Leaving the Atocha Station. With James Naughtie
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
The acclaimed chef and writer talks to John Wilson in August 2000
"White is catching gay life at a key moment when it's developing in very different ways"
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo take a look at the work of writer and director Nora Ephron.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Wharton's novels of America's Gilded Age.
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
The crime novelist tells Anthony Clare about his childhood and commitment to writing.
Chris Anderson talks to some of the most interesting TED stage speakers
Chris Anderson talks to some of the most interesting TED stage speakers.
Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
Libyan writer Hisham Matar talks to James Naughtie about his novel In the Country of Men.
The acclaimed American author recalls his time as a US fighter pilot during the Korean War
How 3 months in rural Devon influenced one of the greatest chroniclers of urban New York.
Vishva Samani explores author JD Salinger's enduring relationship with Hindu philosophy.
James Naughtie and readers talk to American writer Jenny Offill about Dept. of Speculation
The award-winning American author Joseph Heller discusses his work.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates on dealing with her first few months as a widow.
How an unlikely friendship led to Harlem poet Langston Hughes' epic 1964 BBC radio series.
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
A conversation between contemporary figures and archive recordings of James Baldwin.