Elizabeth Wurtzel


Friday, February 10, 2012

One classic reinvention fantasy goes like this: you leave a square, respectable job and write a best-selling book. Elizabeth Wurtzel did just that — but in reverse. She was in her twenties when Prozac Nation made her famous overnight. She became a rock critic and wrote a memoir about her addictions. Then she did the not-obvious thing and went to law school. Wurtzel explains to Kurt Andersen why intellectual property law is where’s it’s at.

(Originally aired: June 3, 2011)


Elizabeth Wurtzel

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Are you guys thinking this through? Do you draw a salary for your work? Does Lawrence Lessig get paid by Harvard Law School, or Kurt Anderson by Studio 360? Through a weird quirk of fate and technology, we can now enjoy a musician's labor—composition, rehearsal, recording, edit—without paying for it. If there was a button that allowed your employer to do the same with your work, (a) do you think that employer would push it? And (b) how would you feel about it?

Feb. 29 2012 03:17 PM

@Daniels from Cambridge
I felt the same way as you. She should learn from people like Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow (http://boingboing.net/).

Feb. 12 2012 04:58 AM
C Daniels from Cambridge

Wow, this woman really ruined the show for me. Thank God I never bought her book. She can't figure out why musicians would give music away? Really? Does she realize she's on Public Radio? Apparently she doesn't value Radio or this show. Apparently she doesn't care about the interview, and it shows.

Feb. 11 2012 11:06 AM

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