Sunday, December 24 – Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

My guest this week on Bibliocracy has written a short meditation, memoir, journalistic investigation of a book, with history, economics, laughs and personal stories.  Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow is very much a part of this project, a slim if totally satisfying volume titled Personal Stereo, a contribution by a serious, sincere writer to a series of small books from Bloomsbury titled “Object Lessons.”  Her object of consideration, celebration and analysis is the once-ubiquitous and defining Walkman portable cassette player.  Tuhus-Dubrow is a writer-in-residence at UC Irvine, where I recorded our conversation. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Dissent, where she is a contributing editor. She was previously a contributing writer for the Boston Globe’s “Ideas” section, a columnist for the urban affairs website Next City, and a Journalism and Media Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. I’m so pleased to speak with Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow about her perfect little book, Personal Stereo, a cultural history of the Walkman, and hear read from it.  This small book about a tiny object provokes some big ideas, along with being fun to read.  Thanks for listening.