321: Merrill Markoe
Nonfiction / Television

321: Merrill Markoe

The greatest gift to any humorist is a parent who is impossible to please. This writer, a co-creator of Late Night With David Letterman, describes a note in her mother’s copy of David Copperfield. “It said, ‘Not one of his best works. I was disappointed.’ If she was giving Dickens a hard time, what did I think that I was going to get?” … Continue reading »

Next Live-ish Show: Mark Morris
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Next Live-ish Show: Mark Morris

A conversation with the dancer, choreographer, and founder of the eponymous Dance Group, “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time,” says Yo-Yo Ma. As a six-year old in Seattle, Morris stuffed his feet into Tupperware juice cups to walk en pointe. If there’s not an endorsement deal here, somebody in marketing is sleeping on … Continue reading »

320: Rebecca Luker
Theater

320: Rebecca Luker

This celebrated Broadway actor–-The Secret Garden, The Music Man, Mary Poppins–-much admired for her glorious voice, sees parallels between cooking and theater. Both are ephemeral. A recipe is akin to a script: neither is the thing itself; each provides instructions for creating the thing. None of this contradicts audience etiquette: no eating during the performance, … Continue reading »

Music

319: David Byrne

His work with Talking Heads lofted him to the empyrean, and he just kept going, making art, music, movies, books. He’s been particularly fortunate in his collaborators – Brian Eno, Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp.  Spike Lee filmed his Broadway show, American Utopia, which streams on HBO this month. Clearly, one of the silliest things F. Scott Fitzgerald … Continue reading »