Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Andrew Scull and Stanley Kubrick (taped)

The author of Madhouse : A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine visits to talk about psychiatrist Henry Cotton, who was so obsessed with the idea that mental disorders were caused by infections that he had all his children's teeth pulled to prevent tooth decay from driving them mad. Unfortunately, he was the director of a New Jersey mental hospital and prescribed invasive surgeries—from tonsillectomies to the removal of colons and uteruses -to prevent and treat madness.

5 minutes with Stanley Kubrick (OK, 4 minutes and 52 seconds) discussing PATHS OF GLORY and more!

Film talk with Bruce Bennett

Musician, film critic and all-around renaissance guy Bruce Bennett (also known for his stints on WFMU's The Hound show) visits to talk about the best films around.
(You can contact Bruce at Georgecamrose@gmail.com )

Joan Snyder

Painter Joan Snyder visits the show. A Survey of her work will open at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, and a new monograph of her work has just been published by Harry N. Abrams.

Salman Rushdie and Charles Burns

Author Salman Rushdie talks about photography and his new book, Shalimar the Clown . Afterwards, the amazing Charles Burns talks about Black Hole.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Sean Wilsey

McSweeney's editor at large and general literary guy Sean Wilsey visits to talk about his book Oh the Glory of It All.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Chris Mooney and Alain Silver

What's behind all of the misinformationand nonsense going on about evolution, stem cells, missile defense, global warming? Journalist Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, elucidates.

then, author and producer Alain Silver talks about samurai films.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

John Pierson and Steve James

Indie film kingmaker John Pierson and filmmaker Steve James (Stevie, Hoop Dreams) visit the show to talk about James' latest film, Reel Paradise. In this film James follows Pierson and family as they live in Fiji and operate an old theater, bringing free independent film screenings to the Fijians.

Friday, August 5, 2005

Peter Whybrow and Amy Taubin

Peter Whybrow on his book "American Mania: When More Is Not Enough;" and
Amy Taubin, writer for Film Comment, on director Wong Kar-Wai's new film, 2046.


Recommended films etc.:
THE CONFORMIST, Bernardo Bertolucci's visually-stunning political thriller starring Jean-Louis Trintignant in the title role as a Fascist assassin, now at Film Forum through Thursday, August 11, in a new 35mm print of the original European version. For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org .

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Diana Preston

Historian Diana Preston discusses the Manhattan Project and the people involved in it, amongst other topics. Her latest book is Before The Fallout : From Marie Curie to Hiroshima.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Abbott Gleason and T.C. Boyle

Abbott Gleason, Professor of History at Brown University, talk about On Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell and Our Future
author T.C. Boyle on Kinsey

Monday, July 11, 2005

Roberta Bayley and David Godlis; Les Blank

Photographers David Godlis and Roberta Bayley talk about the early days of CBGB. A show of their work (and others') is up at CBGB Gallery 313 and the book, CBGB and OMFUG : Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock.
In the second half hour, director Les Blank discusses his classic film BURDEN OF DREAMS, which documents the making of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo.


Thursday, June 23, 2005

James Tate

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet visits the show. His latest book is Return to the City of White Donkeys : Poems. Also, check out his short fiction in Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee.

Walter Murch and Annete Innsdorf

Walter Murch, Academy Award-winning sound editor of such films as The Godfather II, Apocalyose Now, The Conversation, and THX1138 talks aboiut his career. Then author and professor of film studies at Columbia University Annette Insdorf talks about Francois Truffaut's classic film Jules and Jim, newly-released on DVD.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Bruce Gilden and Graham Dorrington

Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden gives us the goods on shooting in the streets of New York and elsewhere, followed by Graham Dorrington, British aeropspace engineer who is the subject of the Werner Herzog documentary WHITE DIAMOND, now playing at Film Forum in Manhaatan and elsewhere http://www.filmforum.org/films/white.html .

Gore Vidal visits Duck Hunting with Dick

Gore Vidal discusses What Went Wrong In Ohio:The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election, which he wrote an introduction for http://www.academychicago.com/conyers.html and more. He is also the author of the recent Imperial America : Reflections on the United States of Amnesia and many more books.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Margaret Mittelbach, Michael Crewdson, and Alexis Rockman

Authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson and illustrator /subject Alexis Rockman visit the studios to talk about their amazing adventures which led up to the new book, Carnivourous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger.

Geoffrey O'Brien

A life lived aurally: Library of America Editor Geoffrey O'Brien visits the studios to talk about his book "Sonta for Jukebox: An Autobiography of My Ears." Post questions and comments for Geoffrey, who will be live in the WFMU studios.

Jon Ronson and Mark Wexler

"The Men Who Stare at Goats." What can it mean? Investigative journalist and author Jon Ronson takes us through the wild and wacky world within the military's psychological operations unit which attempts to use mind control, cloaks of invisibility and the ability to pass through walls. All on our tax dollars! Also, director Mark Wexler talks about his lstaest film, TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE, a documentary on hois father, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Mark Achbar and Kim Hendrickson

Director of the film THE CORPORATION Mark Achbar talks about taking on the corporate global world, and senior producer Kim Hendrickson of the Criterion Collection discusses Michelangelo Antonioni's L'ECLISSE.

Arthur Danto

The NATION art critic and Columbia University Emeritus Professor of Philosophy talks about his latest book, Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Chuck Close

Rebroadcast of previous program. Close discusses his print works.

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Joe Flaherty

You may know him as Guy Caballero, Count Floyd, or or Sammy Maudlin. That's right - it's SCTV's Joe Flaherty!! And the 3rd set of DVD's is now available from Shout! Factory. What could be better?

Friday, March 25, 2005

Kevin Guilfoile and Geoffrey O'Brien

Author Kevin Guilfoile talks about his latest book, the cloning-themed thriller "Cast of Shadows." Also Geoffrey O'Brien talks about the classic samurai film "The Sword of Doom," which was just released on DVD.

Saturday, February 5, 2005

Reviews and Recommendations

Film/DVD Picks:
Days of Being Wild - Thank whatever imaginary friend you like for the creation of DVD's, since DOBW is also now one of a 5-DVD box set put out by Kino. Director Wong Kar-Wai's gorgeous and evocative exploration of love, lust, impulsiveness, and the forces in a character's past that drive him. A spectacular film whose unusual but strangely fitting soundtrack, along with some great looking stars, adds to the mood. This film was a hit at the New Directors' festival in NYC some years ago, but failed to have a feature run here until now. Don't miss it!

SCTV Network 90/Vol. 1 & SCTV Vol. 2 - Some of the funniest sketches and impersonations ever in the history of television, all within the context of a critique of network broadcasting's idiocy and shenanigans. Musical guests were woven into the stories. Vol 1 includes the dead-on Ingmar Bergman parody, the cheesy Sammy Maudlin Show with regular guests Bobby Bittman and Lola Heatherton, and the Polynesiatown debacle, for starters. Vol 2 starts off with a Perry Como sendup and even more. (DVD's released by Shout! Factory)

Curb Your Enthusiasm :The Complete Third Season (HBO DVD) - more hilarity and hijinks from my favorite pessimist. Includes classic episodes like "Krazee-Eyez Killa" and The Grand Opening."

The Battle of Algiers (Criterion DVD) - a must see for our times.

Wattstax (DVD)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC): From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master. Amazing, gorgeous. See it.

Guest Events:
Thursday February 24, 7:30PM - KEN SMITH reads! LITTLE GRAY BOOK LECTURE NO. 30“How to Observe Presidents’ Day (Observed)” at Galapagos, 70 North Sixth Street, between Kent and Wythe in Williamsburg. (L Train to Bedford Avenue)(718) 782-5188. Other readers include JOSHUAH BEARMAN, JONATHAN COULTON, JON LANGFORD, and SARAH VOWELL. http://www.littlegraybooks.com/

Sunday February 27: Sam Lipsyte reading KGB with John Haskell 85 East 4th Street, NYC 7:00 pm

The best in jazz: go hear Jason Moran and the Bandwagon perform! His scheduled dates in NYC and elsewhere are listed on his site http://www.jasonmoran.com/shows.html

Other Events: