Artist Bill Wegman and authors Lisa Birnbach, Stefan Merrill Block, and Susan Orlean speak candidly about the dogs in their lives and in literature. The reading assignment for this episode was J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip, a polarizing dog memoir that sparked a cult following. While Merrill Block praises what he perceives as Ackerley’s restraint from projecting on the dog a human psychology, Birnbach finds the story to be anthropomorphic to an obscene degree. At turns awed and repulsed by Ackerley’s style and focus, the speakers try to make sense of their own canine love stories.Tweet
Artist William Wegman began photographing his dog Man Ray in 1970. He was devastated that he wasn’t with Man Ray when he died. He dreamt about him coming back to life, and still does.