City as Muse

March 27, 2005
(was 02.29.2004)

How do you soak in the essence of a city?  In New York, writer Colson Whitehead goes walking ... through Times Square, along Broadway, down into the subway.  In Memphis, critic Robert Gordon listens to its music - the blues, soul, rock-n-roll.  Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll see how different cities inspire their writers and artists.

  1. Colson Whitehead on New York

    Colson Whitehead talks with Jim Fleming about and reads from “The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts,” his literary portrait of New York City.

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  2. Garrison Keillor on New York vs. St. Paul

    A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor talks with Steve Paulson about being a mid-Western writer and moving to New York City.

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  3. Aaron Leventhal and Jeff Kraft on Hitchcock's San Francisco

    Aaron Leventhal and Jeff Kraft are the authors of “Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco.”  They tell Anne Strainchamps that Hitchcock knew and loved the Bay area and describe specific ways he used it in his films.

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  4. Robert Gordon on Memphis Music

    Robert Gordon tells Steve Paulson that he discovered the great Black Blues players while still a white boy in high school and that the racial complexities of Memphis have always been at the heart of its music.

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