DEATH BY NOSTALGIA
William Christenberry/Aperture Foundation
You remember the good old days, dont you? The music was
better. The food was better. Cars were better. I mean, everything was
better really. Now, everything's all fancy and everyone's in a big rush.
But not back then. . . Those were the days, weren't they? In this hour
of To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Nostalgia. . . maybe until you're
sick to death of it.
Sharon Jones is a black woman
in her late 40s who fronts a band called the Dap-Kings. She tells Steve
Paulson they make a kind of music that sounds like 60s Funk and even
still record onto vinyl to get the sound they want. And of course, we
hear lots of their music.
Photographer William Christenberry
takes pictures of simple buildings in forgotten corners of his home
place of Hale County, Alabama, year after year to document how they
change over time. He tells Anne Strainchamps about some of his favorites
and why he does what he does. His book of photographs is called simply
Also, Richard Halpern is the author of "Norman Rockwell:
The Underside of Innocence." He talks with Jim Fleming about the
sexual sub-text in Norman Rockwell's work and says that people have
always had a variety of reactions to it.
Hannah Palin lives in Seattle
and works as a film archivist. Her mother is retired and lives in Washington,
D.C. This piece about their relationship was provided to TTBOOK
by the public radio website transom.org.
Also, novelist Jane Hamilton is the author of "When Madeline
Was Young." She talks with Steve Paulson about the role of nostalgia
in literary fiction
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|William Christenberry, Texts
by Elizabeth Broun, Walter Hopps, Andy Grundberg, and Howard N. Fox.
Aperture Foundation Press.
|Jane Hamilton, When Madeline
Was Young (Doubleday)
Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence (University of
- Reveille's "Coney Island
Baby" on 2005 International Barbershop Quartet. Naked Voice Records.
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' "Casella Walk"
and "Introduction" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
and "The Dap Dip" on Dap-Dippin' With. . .
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' "This Land is
Your Land" and "You're Gonna Get It" on Naturally. Daptone
- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's "Tears"
on The Quintette of the Hot Club of France. GNP Records.
- Johnny Hamp Orchestra's "If I Had a Picture of
You" on Music Box Intermission Music. Music Box Theatre.
- The Boswell Sisters' "This Is the Missus"
on Music Box Intermission Music. Music Box Theatre.
- Barry Manilow's "Mandy" on Barry Manilow
II. Artista Records.
- Musical Works used in Hannah Palin's piece "The
Day My Mother's Head Exploded"
- Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'"
on Mercury Records.
B52's "Good Stuff" on Time Warner Records.
Don Great's "Donna Reed Theme" on Yinseltown Music.
Ry Cooder "Houston in Two Seconds" on Warner Brother Records.
Ry Cooder "East St. Louis" on Warner Brother Records.
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