Episode #642

Envy, Beefs, Doctorow

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Kurt Andersen talks with writer Paul Theroux about the fierce rivalries that motivate artists to their best — and their worst. Theroux tells why his long friendship with V.S. Naipaul fell apart. We’ll hear a battle of the bands like we’ve never heard before, and watch the heroes of Hong Kong action films put up their dukes. Plus: why the London subway map broke the laws of cartography; and novelist E.L. Doctorow talks with Kurt about his new book, The March.


E. L. Doctorow and Paul Theroux

Special Guest: Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux has written fiction and nonfiction for more than 35 years. His books on Patagonia, Oceania, and Hong Kong have made him the most acclaimed travel writer of our time. Dark Star Safari chronicles a rail journey the entire length of Africa. His most recent book is ...


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Hong Kong Cinema

The best heroes and villains are often reflections of each other, like Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Jocelyn Gonzales has observed this theme playing out in the martial arts films of China and Hong Kong. Besides making American action movies more exciting again, Hong Kong cinema has somehow combined Eastern ...


Design for the Real World: London Underground Map

Chris Spurgeon explains the strange inaccuracies of an iconic map.  


E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow talks about The March. It's a historical novel set during the destructive campaign of General William T. Sherman, as he marched with his forces from Atlanta to Savannah toward the end of the Civil War. Doctorow tells Kurt how this new philosophy of "total ...


Aha Moment: The Rookie

Christine Chapman has always been an actress, but she couldn't manage to perform with a full-time job and a family to care for. Her dream of being in theater got a shot in the arm from Dennis Quaid one afternoon in an empty movie theater. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.


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