Gina Barreca talks about what makes and educated person. Psychologist Nancy Horn gives some ideas on how to have more creativity in your life, and author Roya Hakakian discusses the complexities of Iran in her new book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.
Is creativity an act or an attitude? In Man on Wire, Philippe Petit, the high wire artist who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, says, “To me it’s so simple that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion, to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a challenge.”
Yale University Press unveiled its online “Stalin Digital Archive” today. The archive contains newly declassified documents, including Stalin’s personal papers, and communications with heads of state during the Great Purges.
Several years ago, Yale University Press director John Donatich traveled to Russia. Men in white lab coats escorted him deep into Stalin’s archive, where he was handed Stalin’s personal copy of Lenin’s book: 'The State and Revolution'.
Reality is composed of the public and the private. Paul Marcarelli was the Test Man, the "Can You Hear Me Now" guy for nine years of iconic commercials. During that time, he believed he could not identify himself as a gay man without affecting his income stream. The Test Man had to be Everyman, not part of a sub-group.
Few novelists of the past 50 years have enjoyed the huge success and lengthy renown of William Styron. With Sophie’s Choice, Lie Down in Darkness, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Confessions of Nat Turner, Styron established himself as a masterful chronicler of the American experience. But his gift for fiction came at a heavy price. The last twenty-five years of Styron’s life were marked by episodes of devastating depression, the first of which he documented with stunning candor in Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.
Newsflash -- on this show Garrison Keillor threw cold water on his much-publicized earlier statements that he would retire from PHC in 2013.
You can hear him say, on the audio here: :"I’m starting to doubt that myself. I’ve been thinking about it, thinking: what else would I do? And I can’t come up with anything….If I didn’t do it I would wind up in a tiny walk-up apartment with a couple of cats."
It was Good Friday, 1982, and I was up in the balcony at the Lit Club in Hartford, a punk rock epicenter housed in the Lithuanian American Club in Hartford.
National acts like Black Flag, Killing Time and the Circle Jerks played the Lit in its heyday, but its local heroes were Jack Tragic and the Unfortunates. Jack was a West Hartford Hall High dropout, and the group had a punk hit called "I Kill Hippies."
Have you ever been able to keep a secret in your life, without telling a single other person? Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements explore the art of secret keeping. Plus art critic Steve Heller, and a look at how to manage money in this economy.
New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry weaves factual history into his thriller novels. In his latest novel, The Jefferson Key he connects the assassinations of four Presidents to a hidden clause in the U.S. Constitution. Steve Berry will be in Hartford this weekend for a series of events, and he joins us now by phone.
November 5, 9 am - 1 pm History Matters Event, Writers Workshop, Hartford, Connecticut
November 5, 4:30 - 6 pm History Matters Event, "An Evening With Steve Berry", Hartford, CT
One of the world's most revered lecturers on art, Rosamond Bernier, joins Faith Middleton to talk about her knock-out memoir, Some of My Lives. And an exploration of the problem conversationalist, from interrupting to not listening, with Jane Stern.
Is "faking it" as a person always a bad thing? Explore the art of hypocrisy with Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements. Plus, a celebration of Aint Misbehavin at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for those who want a sassy good time.
Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Once a staple of Mexican street food, tacos have crossed the border to great popularity. Taco’s endless variety of great-tasting flavors satisfies any time of day—in all kinds of ways. Convenient, portable, and affordable, tacos are equally welcome at a dinner party, for brunch, or as an afternoon snack.
Hear from Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist, experimental philosopher, and regular CMS contributor, whose latest project is an exhibit that tries to make art more consistent with the Copernican truth that Earth is a mediocre planet.
Plus, find out what the color beige has to do with the universe!
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Shakespeare is back on television in a big way. You can't watch commercial TV for 45 minutes without seeing an ad for the movie "Anonymous," opening Friday and advancing the argument that Shakespeare's plays were not written by the Stratford commoner but by a British nobleman.
The debate has been raging for many decades now, and the people in the argument tend not to stay very calm about it.
After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. On Sundays, Andre spent time with his dad, an author and college professor. Today we have a conversation with Dubus, the House of Sand and Fog author, about his new memoir Townie, about a clash of worlds, physical violence, and the failures and triumphs of love.