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Eyesore Opulence - Peter Hessler & Christian Wiman

From: Open Source with Christopher Lydon
Length: 58:59

New Yorker correspondent Peter Hessler reports from the road in China on the human side of miracle growth and epic migration. Then, we meet poet Christian Wiman, writing in the shadow of a mortal illness with a certain dark clarity about God, devotion, disbelief, and family memory.

Peter-hessler_small Our hour starts with Peter Hessler, the New Yorker's first full-time correspondent in China and the author of "Country Driving: A Journey from Farm to Factory." Ten years in China made Peter Hessler wonder when change at the Chinese rate is too much for anybody's health or happiness.

Then, we'll engage an essential American poet, Christian Wiman, spinning subtle verse on God or a lack thereof in his third book, "Every Riven Thing." From a bookless boyhood poem in West Texas, Christian Wiman now lives in Chicago, where he edits the ever-evolving, ever-provacative Poetry Magazine.

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Our hour starts with Peter Hessler, the New Yorker's first full-time correspondent in China and the author of "Country Driving: A Journey from Farm to Factory." Ten years in China made Peter Hessler wonder when change at the Chinese rate is too much for anybody's health or happiness.

Then, we'll engage an essential American poet, Christian Wiman, spinning subtle verse on God or a lack thereof in his third book, "Every Riven Thing." From a bookless boyhood poem in West Texas, Christian Wiman now lives in Chicago, where he edits the ever-evolving, ever-provacative Poetry Magazine.