What’s so interesting about this 1950 radio clip—besides the fact that you can practically hear WCW’s professional game-face deteriorate as his phlegmatic interviewer goes on—is that you get a real sense of what the doctor’s bedside manner must have been like.
The old chestnuts – the complete silence—but before that the bonhomie.
When McBride asks him to read a poem for instance he says coyly, ‘There is one called ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ that people seem to enjoy. Let’s see if I can remember it … ‘
But then Williams gets very passionate: soliloquizing at length about the role of art and culture and later about the rage he feels at seeing people die as a result of poverty and social injustice.
‘I work off my impotent anger!’ he says indeed sounding angry.
‘I want to bring it to people’s attention – that’s all I can say.
Hoping they’ll buy the book!’