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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, 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.  Music:  Carmen Cicero.   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...

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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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A Prophet in Our Own Land: A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Literary Arts | Comments Off on A Prophet in Our Own Land: A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Prophet in Our Own Land:  A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

          “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. – Martin Luther King Jr.   The day Martin Luther King Jr. died–April 4, 1968–my father was cradling his right hand with his left. Somehow, he’d injured his thumb. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Shot!” He shook his head. “Assassinated! Just like that.” He was weeping, turning his...

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South Beach on the Cusp

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Literary Arts, Uncategorized, Visual Arts | Comments Off on South Beach on the Cusp

South Beach on the Cusp

  [Editor’s Note: David Dunlap (b.1952) has been with the New York Times since 1975, and his current beat is writing and photographing architecture. I first met David because he was in the midst of an ambitious project—to photograph every single dwelling in Provincetown, Massachusetts (the artist colony at the very tip of Cape Cod), and write about the most interesting people who had ever lived in each house (see www.buildingprovincetown.com). David used some of my portraits of Provincetown artists and writers (i.e. Pulitzer Prize...

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The Big Kahuna: A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize Recipient William Finnegan

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Big Kahuna: A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize Recipient William Finnegan

The Big Kahuna:  A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize Recipient William Finnegan

    INTRODUCTION: 2:10 min. Introduction to William Finnegan.  Surfing video by Leo Zuckerman.   In April, 2016 William Finnegan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir Barbarian Days:  A Surfing Life.  For the rest of Bill’s life, whenever he is introduced or his name appears in print, he will be known as “Pulitzer Prize recipient William Finnegan.” Finnegan has been a surfer since growing up in California and Hawaii.  He was also an enthusiastic writer and reader from an early age.  He became a New Yorker magazine staff...

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A Video Conversation with Gail Sheehy – Author & Journalist

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Conversation with Gail Sheehy – Author & Journalist

A Video Conversation with Gail Sheehy – Author & Journalist

    INTRODUCTION TO GAIL SHEEHY: 1:24 min. Introduction to Gail Sheehy     Gail Sheehy (b.1937) is an iconic author, journalist, and lecturer. Sheehy is the author of seventeen books, including Passages (1976), named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books of our times. She has written biographies and character studies of major twentieth-century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Soviet...

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From the Desert to the Sea: A Video Conversation with Mark Doty – Poet, Essayist, Memoirist

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on From the Desert to the Sea: A Video Conversation with Mark Doty – Poet, Essayist, Memoirist

From the Desert to the Sea:  A Video Conversation with Mark Doty – Poet, Essayist, Memoirist

    INTRODUCTION: 2:45 min. Introduction to Mark Doty     Mark Doty (b. 1953) is a poet, essayist, and memoirist. He received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty is the author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose.  In 2015, W.W. Norton published Deep Lane, “which the publisher calls a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life.”  His volumes of poetry include Sweet Machine (HarperCollins, 1998), Source, (HarperCollins, 2002), School of the Arts...

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