Episode #850

Maira, MacDowell, Miranda

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 934, Porochista, MacDowell, Blind Boys, paper bag (maxually/flickr)

Free lunch! The MacDowell Colony celebrates 100 years of providing artists studio space in the woods, no interruptions, and a picnic basket delivered to the cabin door. We’ll hear from MacDowell alums monologist Mike Daisey, and visual artist Tara Geer. Plus, Maira Kalman trolls for ideas on the streets of New York, and Miranda July performs her short story about the surprising consequences of a medical procedure.

Stingy Brims and a Beaded Bunny

Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator whose work is colorful, funny, and keenly observed -- she gets most of her ideas by simply walking around town. Her latest book, The Principles of Uncertainty is a journal in paint and prose, documenting a year of ...

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Daisey Does MacDowell

A hundred years ago in New Hampshire, Edward and Marian MacDowell opened the doors of America’s first official artists colony. Aaron Copland wrote "Billy the Kid" there. Willa Cather worked on Death Comes for the Archbishop. And earlier this year, Mike Daisey went to work on a ...

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Drawing and Doubting

A spell at the MacDowell Colony is one of the best perks an artist can get. Tara Geer, a visual artist, went twice to work on her drawings. She also interviewed a MacDowell legend, lunch delivery man Blake Tewksbury. But the whole time, she was afraid she’d ...

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MacAlford Colony

Henry Alford is a writer who has never been to MacDowell. And he doesn’t really want to. No, what Henry wants to do is run the place. We give him a chance to try out for the job. Produced by Owen Agnew.

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Miranda July has had critical and commercial success as a screenwriter, director, actor, and performance artist. This year, she published a powerful collection of short stories called No One Belongs Here More Than You. She came to Studio 360 to read her story “Birthmark.” Produced ...

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