WAYS OF SEEING
Susan Krieger knew she was losing
her sight, but she still didn't want to admit she was going blind. The
one day she stepped off a curb and a car hit her. After that, she took
lessons walking with a white cane, and learned how to hear buildings as
she passed them. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll
hear how Susan Krieger lost her sight but found her vision. We'll also
talk about different ways of seeing. John Updike describes how he looks
at a painting. And we'll hear how some 19th century photos changed our
understanding of time.
Susan Krieger is the author
of "Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding
Vision." She tells Jim Fleming how much she can actually see and
what sight and vision have come to mean to her. And we hear selection
from her book read by Catherine Brand. You can find alternate
versions of her book at
Novelist Susan Vreeland ("Girl
in Hyacinth Blue" and "Life Studies") tells Anne Strainchamps
she remembers painting with her grandfather; that she renewed her interest
in painting during a bout with cancer and that she is interested in
the stories of the lives of the people around the artists. Also, John
Updike is celebrated as a novelist but is also an essayist and art
critic. He talks with Steve Paulson about American art touching on topics
raised in his book "Still Looking: Essays on American Art."
Film critic Roger Ebert muses
on the glories of black and white photography and mourns what we've
lost since modern audiences only see movies made in color. And we hear
lots of clips. Also, Rebecca Solnit is the author of "River
of Shadows," a book about Eadweard Muybridge and his stop-motion
photography. She tells Steve Paulson how this technology later created
motion pictures and revolutionized how people experienced time and space.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-04-09-A.
- Susan Krieger, Things
No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision
(Terrace Books; ISBN: 0299208648)
- Rebecca Solnit, Eadweard
Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (Viking; ISBN: 0670031763)
- John Updike, Still Looking:
Essays on American Art (Knopf; ISBN: 1400044189)
- Susan Vreeland, Life
Studies: stories (Penguin; ISBN: 0143036106)
- After Return:
Elvis Costello w/ "Black and White World"
- In Krieger
"Dawn in the Sonoran Chihuahua Deserts" from earthear.com.
- After Krieger:
Don McLean w/ "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)"
- After Vreeland:
Jonathan Richman w/ "Vincent Van Gogh"
- After Updike:
The Lonesome Organist w/ "The Multiplier"
- In Ebert:
--"The Big Sleep" soundtrack
on "Now, Voyager: Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner"
on "Schindler's List" soundtrack
--Fred Astaire w/ "Dancing in the Dark"
on "The Fred Astaire Story"
- After Solnit:
The Lonesome Organist w/ "Walking to Weston's"
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