Episode #729

Updike, Coffee, Dickinson

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Studio 360 Episode 729, Updike, Coffee, Dickinson John Updike (Martha Updike)

John Updike tells Kurt Andersen why he left his familiar terrain of middle-class sex and angst for the lure of violent fundamentalism. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, explains why the internet is changing the marketplace of culture for the better. In our American Icons series, we’ll explore the timeless appeal of Emily Dickinson, who liked to write from beyond the grave.

Chris Anderson

If you’re a subscriber to Netflix, you probably consider it a convenient way to get movies sent to you home. But according to Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, your Netflix subscription is part of a pop culture revolution. Kurt Andersen talks with Chris ...


John Updike

For his 22nd novel, John Updike could have stuck to one of his well-established fictional templates - perhaps another angst-ridden upper-middle-class marriage set in New England. Instead, his new novel Terrorist follows a half-Egyptian teenager in New Jersey who is mesmerized by radical Islam. Updike leads


Design For the Real World: Vacuum Press Coffee Maker

Caffeine is about the last non-prescription drug you can use without social stigma, and a growing number of Americans are obsessed with the finer points of getting it. Corby Kummer, who writes about food for the Atlantic Monthly, tells us about a brewing device he thinks is ...


Silver Jews

David Berman called his first band Silver Jews; they helped define a style of indie rock called "lo-fi" – deliberately rough songs that sounded like they were tossed off while recovering from a hangover. But Berman had never toured with his band; he preferred to make his ...


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