Unlikely Encounters

Between fact and fiction, poetry and motion, and Milton Friedman and China’s General Secretary



André Aciman gives us a primer on W. G. Sebald, who blurred the line between memory and fiction; Rowan Ricardo Phillips talks about the biomechanics of poetry; and Julian Gewirtz unveils the travel itinerary of the least likely visitor to communist China you’d expect: Milton Friedman.

Mentioned in this episode:

• André Aciman on W. G. Sebald and “The Life Unlived”
• “Halo,” a poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Langdon Hammer’s introduction
• Julian Gewirtz’s essay, “Milton Friedman’s Misadventures in China”

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Stephanie Bastek is the senior editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.


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