CITY AS MUSE
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
How do you soak in the essence of a city? In New York,
writer Colson Whitehead goes walking ... through Times Square, along
Broadway, down into the subway. In Memphis, critic Robert Gordon
listens to its music - the blues, soul, rock-n-roll. Next time on
To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll see how different cities inspire
their writers and artists.
Colson Whitehead talks with Jim Fleming about
and reads from The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen
Parts, his literary portrait of New York City. They describe
the ways in which the book is like taking a walk through the city
in your mind and memory. Also, Garrison Keillor talks with
Steve Paulson about being a mid-Western writer and moving to New
York City. Keillor's done it, and so does the hero of his latest
book, Love Me.
Aaron Leventhal and Jeff Kraft are
the authors of Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San
Francisco. They tell Anne Strainchamps that Hitchcock knew
and loved the Bay area and describe specific ways he used it in
his films. And we hear clips from classic Hitchcock films.
Robert Gordon writes about the history of
Memphis music in a book called It Came from Memphis. He
tells Steve Paulson that he discovered the great Black Blues players
while still a white boy in high school and that the racial complexities
of Memphis have always been at the heart of its music. And we
hear lots of that music.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-02-29-A.
- Robert Gordon, It
Came from Memphis (Simon & Schuster)
- Garrison Keillor, Love Me (Viking)
- Aaron Leventhal & Jeff Kraft, Footsteps
in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (Santa Monica
- Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New
York: A City in 13 Parts (Doubleday)
- After Return:
Ella Fitzgerald w/ "Manhattan" on "Ella Fitzgerald:
Rodgers and Hart Songbook"
- In Colson Whitehead interview:
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane w/ "Epistrophy"
on "Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane" Riverside
- Eberhard Weber w/ "More Colours" on
- Eberhard Weber w/ "Touch" on "Works"
- After Garrison Keillor:
Joel Mabus w/ "Hopelessly Midwestern" on "Firelake"
- Music Option:
"Torn Curtain" theme on "Psycho: The Essential
Alfred Hitchcock" Silva Screen Records
- In Jeff Kraft & Aaron Leventhal interview:
"Vertigo" theme on "Psycho: The Essential Alfred
- "The Thing" soundtrack on "Home
Video Album - Various Artists" RCA Victor
- In Robert Gordon interview:
Furry Lewis w/ "Going to Brownsville" on "It Came
From Memphis" Upstart Sounds
- Mudboy and the Neutrons w/ "Money Talks"
on "It Came From Memphis"
- Elvis Presley w/ "That's All Right"
on "The Sun Sessions CD" RCA
- Sam and Dave w/ "Soul Man" on "The
Complete Stax - Vol. 8"
- Booker T and the MG's w/ "Summertime"
on "Time is Tight"
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