Episode #832

Ford, Dobro, Love

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 745, Ford, Dobro, Love Page from Courtney Love’s Dirty Blonde (photo ©: Jeffrey Thurnhur/ Corbis Outline)

We survive a visit from flamboyant rock diva Courtney Love. Then, our series on American Icons continues with a look at Gone With The Wind, the bestselling novel and blockbuster movie that made the cause of losing gloriously romantic. Plus, a Southern novelist who kept his fiction in the North: Mississippi-born Richard Ford.

American Icons: Gone With the Wind

A look at how the racial politics of Gone with the Wind play out today, and why the story still speaks to readers and viewers.

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Richard Ford

He’s not the type of novelist who cranks out a new book every year. Ideas marinate in Richard Ford’s mind for years –- sometimes 50 years -- before they surface in his stories. Ford spent so much time gathering material and reworking the manuscript of his latest novel, The ...

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Jerry Douglas

The dobro guitar is often used in the movies to quickly establish a feeling of rustic, timeless America. But it’s actually a modern invention, and a surprisingly versatile instrument. Jerry Douglas is a master, and he’s played with the likes of Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Allison Krauss ...

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Courtney Love

Rock star, movie actress, widow of Kurt Cobain -- Courtney Love has had a number of labels over the years. At 43, she is trying to put all that hard living behind her. Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love is a scrapbook of journal ...

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Aha Moment: Joseph Cornell's boxes

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, explains why boxes by the artist Joseph Cornell inspired him to re-think the craft of fiction-writing.

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