Episode #643

Creepers, Golliwog, Spalding

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Studio 360 gets cozy with the creatures of the night. Kurt Andersen and novelist Anne Rice look at how writers, artists, and filmmakers breathe life into monsters and find out why children morph into monsters in so many horror movies. Plus, we’ll hear a love letter to the suburban tract house and Spalding Gray’s final monologue.


Anne Rice

Special Guest: Anne Rice

Kurt talks to Anne Rice about monsters.

Rice is one of the bestselling novelists of all time. She's been writing about vampires — along with witches, ghosts, and mummies — for nearly 30 years. Rice's books include Interview with the Vampire, The Queen of the Damned, and Blood ...


Monster Mash Up

When Studio 360 asked producer Jonathan Mitchell to put together his audio impression of monsters he went to the movies...and to the TV news. Among his sources: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Werewolf, It!, The Terror from Beyond Space, CNN, and CNBC.


Creepy Kids

Creepy Kids



Not content with creepy kids, pop culture, from The Twilight Zone to Chucky, has succeeded in making dolls monstrous too. But it doesn't always take supernatural intervention. The doll called a Golliwog is one of the most enduring racist images in American culture, and it has haunted the artist


Design for the Real World: Tract Houses

D. J. Waldie loves the suburbs. He was born in one of the tract houses manufactured by the thousands in Lakewood, California. He lives there still, and today works for the city. His book Holy Land is a strange and beautiful mix of personal memoir and suburban ...


Spalding Gray

This month Crown books released Life Interrupted, the last monologue of Spalding Gray, best known for his autobiographical stories Swimming To Cambodia and Gray’s Anatomy. In the final monologue, Gray speaks about the severe head and leg injuries he sustained in a car accident while vacationing in Ireland. ...


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