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A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

  Introduction to Eric Bogosian.  4:25 min.  Photo:  Raymond Elman.  Music mix: Marleau Eric Bogosian (b.1953) is an Armenian-American actor, dramatist, monologuist, novelist and historian.  He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts, setting for the book and movie A Civil Action, but left his blue-collar roots to attend the University of Chicago. Bogosian is the author of six produced plays, including Talk Radio at the New York Shakespeare Festival, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and subsequently adapted to film by Oliver Stone, garnering...

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STUPID MODEL
a Timely Story of Sexism in the Seventies

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Literary Arts, Reviews, Reviews 2016 | Comments Off on STUPID MODEL
a Timely Story of Sexism in the Seventies

STUPID MODEL a Timely Story of Sexism in the Seventies

    It’s 1973, and top model Janice Dickinson says to Bee Berger, “I’m Super Model, and you’re Stupid Model.” Just two weeks out of high school, Bee leaves home and puts herself on the doorstep of Christa’s modeling agency in Paris. Climbing the stairs, big photographs of famous models intimidate her. Christa looks her up and down, flips through her portfolio and says, “too tall for us.” Bee says she works all the time in Holland. “Do you do nude?” Christa asks. “I came for the couture shows,” Bee says, “and I don’t do topless.” Bee...

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A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

  INTRODUCTION: 2:22 min. Introduction to Jim Morin.  Music: Tri Tachyon, Little Lily Swing.   Jim Morin, whose work is distributed by Morintoons Syndicate, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1996 and shared the Pulitzer with other members of the Miami Herald editorial board in 1983. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1977 and 1990. He has also won the 2007 Herblock Prize, the 2000 John Fischetti Award, the 1999 Thomas Nast (international) Prize, the 1996 National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award, the 1992 National...

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I Want Him on My Side: A Video Conversation with Alan Dershowitz –
Author, Professor, Lawyer, Activist

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on I Want Him on My Side: A Video Conversation with Alan Dershowitz –
Author, Professor, Lawyer, Activist

I Want Him on My Side:  A Video Conversation with Alan Dershowitz – Author, Professor, Lawyer, Activist

  Introduction to Alan Dershowitz:  1:25 min.  Photo: Raymond Elman.   Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” Before retiring, he was the Felix Frankfurter...

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A Lifetime of Reporting: Video Chatting
with Kerry Sanders, NBC News

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Lifetime of Reporting: Video Chatting
with Kerry Sanders, NBC News

A Lifetime of Reporting:  Video Chattingwith Kerry Sanders, NBC News

  INTRODUCTION: 1:22 min. Introduction to Kerry Sanders.   Kerry Sanders (b. 1960) has been NBC’s Miami-based correspondent since 1996, covering news mainly in the South and throughout Latin America. Sanders contributes regularly to NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and occasionally to Dateline NBC. Sanders covers breaking news and feature stories. He has more than 30 years experience providing in-the-field-reports during hurricanes. He was a member of the NBC Nightly News reporting team that was awarded a Peabody and the RTNDA...

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Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:
A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:
A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:  A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

  INTRODUCTION: 1:15 min. Introduction to Ben Mezrich     Ben Mezrich (b. 1969), was born and raised in Princeton, N.J., graduated from Harvard University, and now divides his time between Boston and Miami Beach when not traveling.  I first met Ben when he was the guest of honor at a Breakfast Arts Salon at The Betsy Hotel, where Ben was the Writer-in-Residence as part of The Betsy’s Writer’s Room program. A prolific author, Mezrich is best known for his two New York Times Best Seller books, Bringing Down the House:...

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Backstory: A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Backstory: A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

Backstory:  A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

  INTRODUCTION: 1:58 min. Introduction to Gerald Posner.  Music:  Billy Torrello, America vs. Ivan Drago   Gerald Posner (B. 1954), a resident of Miami Beach, is an investigative journalist and the best-selling author of twelve books, including Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (1993), Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), Miami Babylon, the history of the rise, the fall, and the resurrection of Miami and Miami Beach (2009), Why America Slept, which...

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Five Poets

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Home-Slider, Literary Arts | Comments Off on Five Poets

Five Poets

    Poetry from Miami reflects the diversity of the city itself. We don’t just mean writers’ nations of origin, ethnicity, and subculture. There is no single style one could identify as a Miami school of poetry. There are no factions either. One dip of the stick into the poetic wetlands and up comes narrative drama, fragmentation, spoken word, formalism, and more. Such factions and schools are foolish anyway. Miami is an organic case in point. —  Annik Adey-Babinski —  Michael Martin Inspicio Poetry Editors   Ricardo...

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Larissa MacFarquhar: Journalist, Author

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Larissa MacFarquhar: Journalist, Author

Larissa MacFarquhar:  Journalist, Author

    Introduction to Larissa MacFarquhar:  2:13 min.  Photo & design:  Raymond Elman.   Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her Profile subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Mantel, Derek Parfit, David Chang, and Aaron Swartz, among many others. She is the author of “Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help” (Penguin Press, 2015). Before joining the magazine, she was a senior editor at Lingua...

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Believer: David Axelrod’s
Improbable Journey

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Believer: David Axelrod’s
Improbable Journey

Believer: David Axelrod’sImprobable Journey

  INTRODUCTION: 1:44 min. Introduction to David Axelrod.  Music: Jahzzar, Solitude.   David Axelrod (b. 1955) was born and raised in New York City, graduated from the University of Chicago, was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, became a political operative and TV analyst, wrote a wonderful New York Times bestselling memoir titled, “Believer:  My Forty Years in Politics,” and along the way became a rabid Chicago Cubs fan (2016 is a good year for that). Of course, Axelrod is best known as the chief strategist for Barack...

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