Stuart Klawans, author of “Crooked but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Stuart Klawans was film critic for the Nation  from 1988 to 2021. Preston Sturges was the first in the Hollywood sound era to write and direct his own films, creating a series of movies, from The Great McGinty in 1940, through The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and other classics to Unfaithfully Yours in 1948, that still resonate today. A retrospective of the films of Preston Sturges runs at Pacific Film Archive July 27th through August 26th, and Stuart Klawans introduce three of the films July 27, July 29 and July 30.

Film critic Richard Schickel (1933-2017) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded May 15, 2003 while on tour for his memoir, “Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip . Originally posted July 17, 2017. Richard Schickel, who died on February 18, 2017 at the age of 84, spent forty-five years as film critic for Time Magazine. During his lifetime he wrote 36 books, most of them about film, and produced and directed thirty-four documentaries, all about film.

David Grann, whose latest book is “The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded June 14, 2023 at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California. David Grann discusses the research behind the book, the political implications for today, and a look at the origins of his earlier book, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” soon a Martin Scorsese film.

Noted English feminist author Fay Weldon (1931-2023) discusses her novels “Life Force” and “Darcy’s Utopia,” and talks about book covers, the Clarence Thomas hearings, and other digressions in this interview recorded January, 1992 with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. Second of two interviews with the author. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. Newly digitized, remastered and edited in 2023.

Martin Amis (1949-2023), in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky for the “Probabilities” program, recorded in the KPFA studios November 26, 1991 while on tour for the paperback edition of “London Fields.” First of five interviews conducted over a 23 year span. Martin Amis, who died of esophageal cancer on May 19th, 2023 at the age of 73, was a leading English novelist, essayist, memoirist and screenwriter. Known for such novels as London Fields, Money, Time’s Arrow, The Information and The Zone of Interest, his memoir Experience won the Booker Prize, and his essay collection The War Against Cliché is now considered a classic.

Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007), interviewed by Richard Wolinsky in February 1983. Robert Anton Wilson had a remarkable career. Starting as a writer of comic science fiction based on historical stories of conspiracy, his work soon turned in the direction of physics, psychology, and futurism, and described himself as an agnostic mystic. In the religion or philosophy known as discordianism, he is considered both pope and saint.