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Russell Banks, Susan Sontag, Maya Angelou, Camille Paglia, Stephen Greenblatt, Tom Wolfe and David Mitchell

In the first of this 10-part series, Escaping the Cage: Identity, Multiculturalism and Writing, we sample the range of attitudes toward identity, identity politics and multiculturalism. Among the highlights: Maya Angelou describes an emotional encounter with Tupac Shakur, Susan Sontag rejects self-expression as a writing goal, and Camille Paglia embraces multiculturalism while scolding academics for losing literature in a welter of special interests.

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Guest Interview Escaping the Cage: Identity, Multiculturalism and Writing

Guests:
Russell Banks, author
Maya Angelou, author, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'
Susan Sontag, American novelist and essayist
David Mitchell, novelist
Camille Paglia, author, 'Brea, Blow, Burn'
Tom Wolfe, author, 'I Am Charlotte Simmons'
Stephen Greenblatt, National Book Award-winning author

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