Episode #318

Revenge, Charles Mingus, Ninjas

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Saturday, May 04, 2002

Kurt Andersen and writer Laura Blumenfeld look at one of the most passionate themes in art and in life: revenge. We'll look at revenge in the 17th-century paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi, children's books, and in the figure of "the angry man of Jazz" — Charles Mingus. And, in Design for the Real World, we fall for a store mannequin.

Guests:

Laura Blumenfeld

Commentary: Grading Art on a Curve

Kurt examines how art criticism can be based on more than just the work itself.

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Design for the Real World: Mannequin

Graphic designer Stephen Heller gazes into store windows and confesses his passion for mannequins.

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Journalist Laura Blumenfeld on Revenge

Kurt Andersen and journalist Laura Blumenfeld talk about the human desire for revenge. Blumenfeld writes for The Washington Post and is the author of Revenge: A Story of Hope.

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Artemisia Gentileschi's Biblical Vengeance

The 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi's painting, of the biblical Judith slaying Holofernes, was itself an act of revenge. 

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Children's Lit, Not That Innocent

Why does revenge show up so much in kids books? Critic Leonard Marcus and Valerie Lewis, the owner of a children’s bookstore in San Jose, explain.

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Charles Mingus's Raging Jazz

Charles Mingus was known to his enemies and his friends as the "Angry Man of Jazz." The bassist and composer wrote music fueled by rage. We look at the vengeful impulses of the late jazz legend. 

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Ninjas Are Awesome

The Official Ninja web page realultimatepower.net is part spectacle, part performance, and, in large part — adolescent. Every visitor to the site asks the same question — could this possibly be for real?

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