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My Sam Johnson
18 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Wayne talks about the various portraits of Sam Johnson, but the discussion somehow also morphs into selfies of avocado toast and Kim Kardashian's ass, but Wayne recovers and ends up talking about the demise of literary writing. (Is that a recovery?) He ends by talking about the biography of Sam that he is writing and the website that will complement it.
22 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Sam and Universities
Wayne talks about freedom of expression at universities, pivoting from the recent resignation of assistant professor of philosophy Peter Boghossian from Portland State University. Also: the study of Sam in English departments.
25 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Sam Johnson, Blockhead
Wayne talks about Sam's attitude toward writing, and then goes on to discuss why any writer writes and what are the most important things in writing generally.
22 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Sam Was Not Woke
Wake discusses wokeness and Sam Johnson, with some examples from Sam's writing life. There's also a digression on Wayne's experience on Twitter.
32 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Happy with Sam
Wayne discusses happiness and his chat with Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Happier at Home.
35 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Sam Johnson: Rambler, Adventurer, Idler
Wayne talks about style and tone and how they are different in the three periodicals that Sam wrote: the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler. He also calls on some modern examples of literature, writing, and film to bolster the point about the importance of style, notably "On Good People and Bad People" by Matt Taibbi; Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; the book and film versions of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; and the film Calm Like a Bomb, directed by Mauro Russo Rouge.
20 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
The English Language and Sam's Dictionary
Wayne talks about the Dictionary of the English Language that Sam compiled, and which was published in 1755.
24 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Sam and Home
Wayne discusses Rambler essay no. 68 (Tuesday, November 10, 1750), and makes comments on it, especially as it relates to two incidents that happened to him during the week.
21 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Wayne describes and comments on the last three weeks of Sam's life, prompted by the account kept by one of Sam's friends, John Hoole.
23 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Wayne talks about Sam's health through his life from birth to death, but mostly focuses on his (Wayne's) methods for researching, organizing, and writing the biography, My Sam Johnson, anticipated to be published in 2022.
10 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Sam, Sam, and Technology
Wayne talked to his nephew Sam about current technology, 18th-century technology, and the tech things that are of interest to at least one 11-year-old boy.
14 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Sam Leaves Lichfield
Lacking success in finding teaching or writing jobs in Lichfield, Sam moves to London to pursue a literary career.
10 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Me, Sam, Writing, and Memory
Wayne talks about the progress with his book, from the beginning, right to 1:27 pm.
11 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Subject of Biography
Wayne discusses the reasons he is interested in Sam Johnson as a subject for biography.
9 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
A Couple of Books and Surprises
Wayne reads and comments on three letters written by Sam Johnson.
7 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Wayne relates some funny anecdotes from the life and marriage of Tetty and Sam, and makes some final comments about empathy and biography.
3 minutes | May 28, 2021
Sam Johnson, Married and Widowed
Wayne reads from the prayers that Sam Johnson wrote a few weeks after the death of his wife in 1752.
3 minutes | May 21, 2021
Clean Linen: Sam, Sheets, and Personal Hygiene in the 18th Century
Wayne talks about Sam's eating practices and how they relate to his character, as well as how he ended up singeing his wigs so often.
3 minutes | May 14, 2021
General: "Publick; Comprising the Whole"
Wayne discusses Sam Johnson's writing style and his plans to try to encourage more reading of Johnson in the biography that he's writing.
3 minutes | May 7, 2021
Sam's Thoughts and Prayers
Examples of a couple of Sam's prayers and how they illustrate his character and mindset.
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