Episode 268: Michael Kimmelman
Architecture & Design / Nonfiction

Episode 268: Michael Kimmelman

Raised in the lovely winding streets of Greenwich Village, the architecture critic for the Times also admires the city’s street grid: “New York makes itself so comprehensible and available to people, partly through the grid.” Urban design as a force for democracy. A conversation at the Center for Architecture with music from Stephanie Jenkins. Photo … Continue reading »

Nonfiction

Episode 217: Edmund White

  Much admired for his his autobiographical novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, and his work on French literature and culture, he is unashamed of his youthful craving for fame, noting: “If you say it in French, ‘gloire,’ it sounds better.” Well, sure: what doesn’t? A conversation at La Maison Française with music from Rich Jenkins.  PERSON: … Continue reading »

Nonfiction

Episode 144: Maria Popova

  Her blog “Brain Pickings” ranges across the past and present, the arts and sciences, steering her cohort to unexpected delights. In our conversation at the Brooklyn Historical Society, she talked about a nineteenth century astronomer, a twentieth century elm tree, and a twenty-first century blight: people who walk down the street staring at their devices. … Continue reading »