Episode #317

Willie Nelson, Branford Marsalis, Hilton Als

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Saturday, April 27, 2002

We look at the artists who inspire other artists. Kurt Andersen and New Yorker writer Hilton Als talk about the work of the unknown and famous artists who help other people create. We find two good examples in the "deep listening" of experimental composer Pauline Oliveros, and the avant-garde films of Jay Rosenblatt. We also hear from Branford Marsalis, Sharon Olds, Bill T. Jones, and Willie Nelson about the people whom they consider their "artist's artist."

Guests:

Hilton Als

Commentary: The Kitschy World of Thomas Kinkade

Kurt Andersen thinks the artist Thomas Kinkade makes Norman Rockwell look like an edgy avant-gardist.

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Hilton Als on Artist's Artists

Kurt Andersen and writer Hilton Als discover what exactly we mean by “an artist’s artist.” Als is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes about music and film and literature. His most recent book is The Women. His next book, The Group, is about the writer James ...

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Inspiration in Dance and Music

Choreographer Bill T. Jones talks about Merce Cunningham and Willie Nelson reflects on Django Reinhardt.

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The Photographer's Artist

Sheila Metzner talks about the importance of Aaron Rose's work in her photography.

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Pauline Oliveros's Deep Listening

Producer David Krasnow profiles the experimental composer Pauline Oliveros, who built her career on what she calls “deep listening.”

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Inspiration in Theater, Poetry, and Jazz

Playwright Edward Albee talks about Samuel Beckett, poet Sharon Olds reflects on John Donne, and jazz musician Brandford Marsalis discusses Billie Holiday.

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Who is Jay Rosenblatt?

The filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt has earned a strong critical reputation for his films Human Remains and The Smell of Burning Ants. But not many outside the art film world know who he is.

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