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Conversation with Ian McEwan & Steven Pinker


With Ian McEwan & Steven Pinker

Discussed: conversation and the rules of engagement; the treatment of underlings; mutual knowledge vs. innuendo; “seeing one’s etchings”; ritual and primitive emotion; transacting intimate relationships in words; rage and desire in Joyce’s “The Dead”; misunderstandings in The Odyssey; and Bartleby the Scrivener as the most annoying man in the world.

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