Episode #438

Reading, Morrison, Hmong

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Saturday, September 20, 2003

Kurt Andersen and his guest, the book reviewer and writer Sara Nelson, explore the seductive, even dangerous pleasure of reading.  Nobel laureate Toni Morrison talks about writing children’s fiction. We’ll hear about a famous bibliophile named Don Quixote who believed that epic tales were real life. And an immigrant community sees its native language on the page for the first time.

Guests:

Sara Nelson

Commentary: Culture as Product

The American economy may be going through a rough patch, but our zeal for the marketplace hasn’t flagged. And as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen noticed recently, the selling of culture is a serious business.

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Design for the Real World: Pool Table

Graphic designer Ken Carbone finds elegance and history in the green felt field of battle. Produced by Jocelyn Gonzales.

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Special Guest: Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is a senior contributing editor to Glamour, publishing columnist for the New York Observer, and a veteran book reviewer. Her memoir of a year of reading, So Many Books, So Little Time, will be published in October.

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What Do You Love to Read? Part 1

Studio 360 hears from patrons outside of the Queens Public Library — it circulates 16.8 million books a year, more than any other library in the country. Produced by Sarah Nobles and Rob Weisberg.

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What Do You Love to Read? Part 2

More from the Queens Public Library — it circulates 16.8 million books a year, more than any other library in the country. Produced by Sarah Nobles and Rob Weisberg. 

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Toni Morrison

Novelist Toni Morrison has won the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer, and sold millions of copies of her books such as Beloved, Paradise, and Song of Solomon. Recently, she began writing books for children and has just completed six traditional fables she adapted with her son Slade. Morrison ...

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Don Quixote

Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in 1605 as a satire of the adventure tales of his day. Still popular 400 years later, Don Quixote is also a whimsical work of literary criticism as much as an adventure story. Matthew Schuerman has a look at the epic tale and some of the ...

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What Do You Love to Read? Part 3

More from the Queens Public Library — it circulates 16.8 million books a year, more than any other library in the country. Produced by Sarah Nobles and Rob Weisberg. Part 3.

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Hmong Literature

Today, St. Paul, Minnesota is home to more Hmong people than any other city in the world. Many fled there from Laos and Cambodia after the Vietnam War. Until 50 years ago, the Hmong, originally scattered across Southeast Asia, had no written language at all. Steve Nelson of Minnesota Public ...

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Full Toni Morrison Interview

Listen to the entire Toni Morrison interview with Studio 360’s Peter Clowney.

Audio coming soon. 

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