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Music

Episode 291: Meredith Monk

This composer and musician admires the Dalai Lama but got a little anxious when asked to sing for him: “They locked me in my dressing room…then there was a monk that was sitting next to me kind of glaring.” A conversation at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Music: Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Carmen Rockwell. Continue reading »

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 »

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 »