Laurence Sterne's 18th Century
novel "Tristram Shandy" is a staple of college English Literature
courses everywhere. The 600-odd page book-within-a-book-within-a-book
is filled to the brim with digressions, stunts and frazzled chronology.
For many it's unreadable. For sure it's unfilmable. Next time on To
the Best of Our Knowledge, Tristram Shandy the film. We'll review
it, we'll compare the film to the book. We'll even sing about it.
NPR Cultural Critic Neda Ulaby
helps Jim Fleming unravel the complications of the new film "Tristram
Shady: A Cock and Bull Story." The film is based on Laurence Sterne's
sprawling 18th century novel. And we hear clips from the film. Also,
Jim talks with musician John Wesley Harding, who's written a
novel under the name Wesley Stace. He explains why "Tristram Shady"
is one of his favorite books. And we hear a bit of some older metafiction:
the Preface to Cervantes' "Don Quixote."
Steve Paulson produced this
essay/report on the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Celebrated
around the world for his strange, metaphysical stories, Borges had a
profound influence on other writers from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Umberto
Eco and Salman Rushdie. His most famous collection of stories is "Labyrinths."
And, Steve Paulson talks with a contemporary master of metafiction -
writer Robert Coover. Coover's latest novel is "A Child
Saul Williams has been hailed
as hip hop's poet laureate. He talks with Anne Strainchamps, and we
hear some of his work. Williams is the author of "The Dead Emcee
Scrolls." And, we hear an excerpt from Italo Calvino's "If
on a Winter's Night a Traveler."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-03-12-A.
- Laurence Sterne, The
Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Everyman's Library)
- Jorge Louis Borges. Labyrinths: Selected
Stories and Other Writings (New Directions Paperbooks)
- Robert Coover, A Child
Again (McSweeney's Books)
- Saul Williams, Dead Emcee
Scrolls (MTV Books)
- Italo Calvino, If on
a Winter's Night a Traveler (Everyman's Library)
(read by Jean Feraca)
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Don Quixote ( Everyman's Library)
(read by Norman Gilliland)
- Tristram Shandy (Trad Arr Harding)
published by Plangent Visions Music, Inc ASCAP
- Bjork. Sídasta Ég and Play Dead and
Bachelorette and All Neon Like. Family Tree. Ten Little Indians Records.
- Don Quixote op. 35 by Richard Strauss.
Lorin Maazel conductor. RCA.
- Mr. Scruff. Ug. Ninja Tunes Xen
Cuts. Ninja Tunes Records.
- Amon Tobin. Down and to the Left.
Ninja Tunes Xen Cuts. Ninja Tunes Records.
- Saul Williams. Twice the First Time. Ninja Tunes Xen
Cuts. Ninja Tunes Records.
- Saul Williams. Talk to Strangers.
Saul Williams. Fader Label.
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