352: Annie Proulx

Some scholars toil away their lives, humbly adding their mote to the supply of human knowledge. Then there was Selma Barkham. “She was responsible for finding out something about Newfoundland that nobody had ever known,” says Annie Proulx. A fine writer––The Shipping NewsBrokeback Mountain––tells the story of an extraordinary scholar. Presented with the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Person: Selma Barkham
Place: Red Bay, Newfoundland
Thing: a Basque whaling ship
Randy’s Person: the Marquise de Brinvilliers