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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Jul 3, 2014

On today's show, I talk to husband and wife writers Harry Mathews and Marie Chaix. Harry Mathews is a writer and poet originally from New York. After a tour in the Navy in 1949, he eloped with a French artist and eventually moved to Europe. There he co-founded the influential literary journal Locus Solus and became the first American member of theFrench writing group OULIPO. Harry is the author of numerous novels including Tlooth, The Conversions and My Life in CIA, and he is also a translator of many people, including his wife Marie Chaix's novels. Marie was born in 1942 in France in the midst of WWII. After her father died, she found out he had been a Nazi collaborator during the war, and his diaries inspired her first book The Laurels of Lake Constance in 1974, and since then, she has penned eight other books. Much of Harry and Marie's work can be found through the Dalkey Archive, one of the best publishers of contemporary fiction.

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