Mark Sundeen got an offer he couldn't
refuse. A publisher paid him upfront to write a book on bullfighting in
Spain. Mark doesn't speak Spanish, knows nothing about bullfighting, and
hates to travel, but that didn't stop him from writing the book. He just
made the whole thing up. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
the art of faking it and the philosophy of BS.
Philosopher Harry Frankfurt
is the author of "On Bullshit." He tells Steve Paulson why
"b.s." is a more insidious problem than outright falsehood
and undermines the basic values of a society that values truth-telling.
Also, Australian novelist Peter Carey talks with Steve Paulson
about "My Life as a Fake," and the peculiar career of the
great Australian poet who never existed.
Mark Sundeen tells Anne Strainchamps
he accepted an advance to write a travel book about bull-fighting in
Spain. What he wrote instead was an over the top fake documentary called
"The Making of Toro." Confused? It all becomes hilariously
clear as you listen to this conversation and excerpts from the greatest
book that never existed, "Toro" written by Sundeen's alter
ego, the swashbuckling Travis LaFrance.
Miri Park is the defending
2004 U.S. and World air guitar champion. She performs for us and tells
Steve Paulson what made her the champ. Also, William Ian Miller
is the author of "Faking It." He tells Jim Fleming we're all
guilty of faking it, and that a little social duplicity isn't necessarily
a bad thing.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 05-03-13-A.
- Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit
- Peter Carey, My Life
as a Fake (Knopf)
- Mark Sundeen, The Making
of Toro (Simon & Schuster)
- William Ian Miller, Faking
- All readings from the Mark Sundeen
interview by Robertson Dean from Blackstone Audiobooks' The Making of
Toro. Published by arrangement with Simon and Schuster.
- Corky Siegel's "5 Planets
in Harmonica Convergence" off of his Corky Siegel's Traveling Chamber
Blues Show CD on Alligator Records.
- Ennio Morricone's "Lullaby
in Blue," "Iron Mayor," The Lizard," "Dirty
Horse," "Five Man Army" all off of the Ennio Morricone
- Dario Argento Trilogy CD off of DRG.
- Ennio Morricone's "The Good,
The Bad, The Ugly" off of the Ennio Morricone Remix CD (Vol 2)
on Compost Records.
- Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher"
off of their 1984 CD on Warner Brothers Records.
- The Brand New Heavies' "Fake" off of their
Brother Sister CD on London Records.
Questions and comments can be
addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org