To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Her novel Bel Canto was a hit so now novelist
Ann Patchett is a star. But back when they were in college, it was
her fellow student Lucy Greeley who got treated like a rock star.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a look at uncommon
friendships. Ann Patchett tells how her friendship with the author
of The Autobiography of a Face endured illness, idea-swapping
and drug addiction.
Ann Patchett is best known for her novels.
("Bel Canto") Her new book is "Truth & Beauty;
A Friendship." It chronicles her long friendship with poet
Lucy Greeley who became famous after the publication oh her acclaimed
memoir "Autobiography of a Face." Patchett tells Anne
Strainchamps about their friendship as young writers and how it
changed as Lucy's health deteriorated and she became addicted
to heroin. Also, Robert Kurson tells Jim Fleming about
his new book, "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans
Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World
War II." Kurson explains why deep-water diving is so dangerous.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock
are individually successful and celebrated musicians. They're
also old friends and collectively make up The Flatlanders,
a legendary alternative country-rock band. Steve Paulson talks
with the band members and samples lots of their music.
Rachel Cohen is the author of "A Chance
Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854
- 1967." She tells Steve Paulson that Ulysses S. Grant owed
his publishing success to Mark Twain; that Henry James worried
about his clothes because an English novelist told him little
British boys had fewer buttons; and Willa Cather gave up magazine
work at the urging of Sarah Orne Jewett. And much more!
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-09-12-A.
- Rachel Cohen, A Chance
Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967
- Robert Kurson, Shadow Divers (Random
- Ann Patchett, Truth
and Beauty [a friendship] (Harper Collins)
- Button after Patchett: Lean
on Me Bill Withers Sussex Single #235 (1975)
- Button after Kurson: Nove Scotia January/Waltz
from Cape Breton from PORTRAITS by Chris Norman Dorian DOR
- From "More than a Legend than a Band"
*"Dallas" Rounder Records
- From "Wheels of Fortune" CD:
*"Wheels of Fortune"
*"Baby Do You Still Love Me Still?"
*"Once Followed By the Wind"
*"I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty"
*"Wishin' for You"
New West Records
- Option after: The Sailors Grave on
the Prairie Leo Kottke Takoma 1024 TAKCD 6503-2
- Button after Cohen: Thank You for Being A
Friend Andrew Gold Asylum Single #45456 (1978)
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