Episode 288: Jennifer Egan
Fiction

Episode 288: Jennifer Egan

Some novelists begin with a character, some with a plot; Jennifer Egan – A Visit From the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach – often starts with a sense of place: “That seems to come before there are people.” A conversation at the Center for Fiction cosponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Music: Lily Henley and Duncan Wickel. Photo: … Continue reading »

Next Live Show: Françoise Girard
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Next Live Show: Françoise Girard

Trained as a lawyer, she leads the International Women’s Health Coalition, advocating with governments and the U.N. for the sexual and reproductive health of women. Music: cellist Dan Kassel, on Mozart’s birthday. Dress appropriately: you know — what you’d wear any other day. Periwigs optional.Monday, January 27, 6:00  IWHC offices  333 7 Ave   6th floor … Continue reading »

Architecture & Design

Episode 286: James Polshek

His 60 years as an architect (the Rose Center at the Museum of Natural History, the Clinton presidential library) and dean of Columbia’s graduate school of architecture brought him to this modest conclusion: “It’s not a high art; it is really a craft.” A conversation at the Center for Architecture. Music: Caitlan Warbelow. Photo: Harry … Continue reading »

Dance / Theater

Episode 281: David Neumann

The choreographer of Hadestown and an all-around theater guy, he grew up in a house designed by his father – not an architect, a member of Mabou Mines. “It pointed me toward a creative proces which is partially planned and partially improvised.” And away from the words “beneath a heap of rubble.” A conversation at the Baryshnikov … Continue reading »

Television

Episode 278: Mary Darling

This Canadian producer, celebrated for Little Mosque on the Prairie, wanted to do a show about death, too often “depicted as this morbid sad thing. We wanted to do a comedy about death.” The Hollywood (Toronto?) suits rejected her. A merry chat about mortality at the New York Baha’i Center.  Music from Gloria Thomas Gassaway and the … Continue reading »