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bw120308book.jpgThe Flame Alphabet (Knopf)
What if language turned on its human users? What if language, as Williams Burroughs used to say, is a virus from outer space? Ben Marcus discusses the consequences of a communications breakdown that amounts to a social and spiritual dissolution. Where will wisdom be found? How will it be expressed? We discuss the fundamentals that underlie a complete breakdown.

Read an excerpt from The Flame Alphabet.

The Flame Alphabet

Ben Marcus

Guest Interview Ben Marcus: The Flame Alphabet

Guests:
Ben Marcus, novelist

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Host:
Michael Silverblatt

Producers:
Alan Howard

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