GOOD LIFE RULES
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Lynne Truss created a sensation in Britain with a
book whose title is a punch line: it's a punctuation joke that says
a panda is a black and white mammal and it "Eats, Shoots and
Leaves." Rules for punctuation and a good life, in this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Mark Helprin reads from his new book, "The
Pacific and Other Stories," and talks with Jim Fleming about
what really matters in life: courage, integrity, compassion. He
says the loved ones of soldiers serving in Iraq feel the same
things their WWII counterparts did and that conscience is the
best guide to life.
Sharon Salzberg is a Buddhist meditation
teacher and the author of "Faith: Trusting You Own Deepest
Experience." She tells Steve Paulson that you don't have
to believe in God to have faith and that it should be about trust,
not obedience. Also, Karen Armstrong tried to be a nun,
then left the convent and all but lost her faith. She was diagnosed
with temporal lobe epilepsy and became a successful writer of
books about God and religion. She talks with Anne Strainchamps
about her memoir "The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness,"
which describes how she gradually found her way back to god.
Tad Williams is the author of several best-selling
fantasy novels. He talks with Jim Fleming about the fantasy genre
and how readers can use it to explore ideas about the real world.
The writer's job, he says, is to tell a good story. Williams'
latest book is "Shadowmarch, Volume I." You can find
out more about him at his website:
http://www.tadwilliams.com/. Also, Lynne Truss is the
author of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance
Approach to Punctuation." She explains her book's title to
Steve Paulson and gives several funny examples of punctuation
mistakes. We also hear excerpts from her BBC radio series.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-12-26-A.
- Karen Armstrong, The
Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (Knopf)
- Mark Helprin, The
Pacific and other Stories (The Penguin Press)
- Sharon Salzberg Faith,
Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Riverhead Books)
- Lynne Truss,
Eats, Shots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation!
- Tad Williams, Shadowmarch, Volume I
- Production Music within Helprin:
1. Renee Fleming, London Philharmonic/Charles Mackerras Puccini:
Madama Buttterfly, Un bel di vedremo Decca 289 467
049-2 (wpr 319 0234); Also, same piece performed by Cincinnati
Pops Orch/Erich Kunzel Telarc CD 80260 (wpr 309 0031)
2. Memories of You Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra;
Hindsight Records HSR 104 (Old LP)
- Option after Helprin: ArapskinCocek
by Waarschuwing Voor de Scheepvaart from Dutch World Music (Radio
Nederlands Music www.hollandrocks.com)
- Button after Salzberg: V/The Connecticut
Promissory Rag (alt) by Peter Lang from Lycurgus the Wolf
Driver Horus Records HM1044
- Button/Option after Armstrong: Rchestra
by Matchmakers from Dutch World Music (Radio Nederlands Music
- Button after Williams: If I Knew Then
by Brian Dack from Tributary (www.briandack.com)
- Music after Truss (Close Music): Can
You Canoe? by Brian Dack from Tributary (www.briandack.com)
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