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Ellen Ullman Visits Woman-Stirred Radio on the Ides of March!   Leave a comment

Ellen Ullman

Thursday, March 15th—the Ides of March—at 5:00, Merry Gangemi welcomes  award-winning author, Ellen Ullman, to Woman-Stirred Radio.


Ellen Ullman’s new novel,  By Blood  (2012), set in 1970s San Francisco, is “absorbing” and “atmospheric,” centering on a thirty-something analysand, her German-born therapist, and a disgraced university professor who has no idea what a personal boundary is.  The wall between his office and the therapist next door is thin; one of the patients hates the white-noise machine; and so the professor listens in, learning about the life and the complicated history of his “beloved” patient’s adoption in the aftermath of World War II. This is a novel that gives new meaning to the term “triangle.”


The dilemmas that unfold in By Blood are not alien and, given present-day political and cultural extremism, the history-bound back-stories heighten the tensions and emotional connections between analysand, therapist, and voyeur professor—who is invisible, dis-embodied, if you will, trapped in the malaise of American hypocrisy and the recalibration of American society and culture in the aftermath of the Holocaust.


By Blood, explores the constructions of identity and veracity, the vagaries of fate, the contradictions of a pliable moral landscape—and how the mind and soul fare in a world that constantly bombards one with rationalizations, the placebo of self-importance, and wishful happy endings. 


Ellen Ullman was a software engineer for twenty years when she began writing about her profession. Her interests are the effect of computing on its practitioners and on society at large. She is the author of the memoir Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents. Her essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in Harper’sSalonWired, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Her novel, The Bug, about a programmer’s battle with an elusive bug, will be published in spring 2003.


So please join us on Thursday, March 15th at 5:00 for an interview with Ellen Ullman.  Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762 or email merrygangemi@gmail.com.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.