To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Sometimes all you really want to take to bed is a
good book. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
meet some passionate readers. We'll also try to find out if big
time critics really hate books.
Historian Jonathan Rose tells Steve Paulson
that some members of the British working class in Victorian England
and the early 20th century read the classics and used them as
a means of intellectual emancipation. Rose is the author of "The
Intellectual Life of the British Working Class." Also, Mark
Moskowitz made a film called "The Stone Reader"
about his search for Dow Mossman, the author of a rapturously
reviewed 1972 novel called "The Stones of Summer." Both
Mossman and Moskowitz talk to Jim Fleming about the book and film
and the business of being an author in America. And we hear excerpts
Steve Paulson reports on the tremendous influence
and great power of the Pulitzer Prize winning Michiko Kakutani.
She's the provocative and controversial daily book reviewer for
the New York Times. We hear comments from Susan Sontag, John
Updike, Margaret Atwood, Nicholson Baker and others. Some
of them are real fans of Michi's and some of them aren't. Also,
Michael Dirda, the Pulitzer Prize winning senior editor
of the Washington Post's Bookworld has written a memoir called
"An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland." He tells
Steve Paulson about the books he loved when he was a boy in Ohio,
and how he deals with the flood of books he receives as a critic.
Elizabeth Goodenough edited a book called
"The Secret Spaces of Childhood." Children's author
Zibby Oneal is one of the contributors to the book. Both
women talk with Anne Strainchamps about children's need to have
secret spaces in which to read or play alone to develop their
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-01-25-B.
- Michael Dirda, An Open Book: Coming of
Age in the Heartland (Norton)
- Elizabeth Goodenough,
ed., Secret Spaces of Childhood
- Dow Mossman, The Stones of Summer
(Barnes & Noble)
- Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life
of the British Working Class (Yale)
- Button after Rose:
- Coope Boyes & Simpson The Levelution
from What We Sing Is What We Are No Masters NMCD 50
Contact: Georgina Boyes Georgina@nomasters.freeserve.co.uk
- The rest of the music comes from a single CD.
Uke Town, performed by Lil Rev with Pig Ankle Dave.
- You can reach Lil Rev at P.O. Box 71362
Milwaukee WI 53211
- Button/Option after Mossman: Midnight on
- Button after Kakutani: Hambone Blues
- Button/Option after Dirda: e blues
- Alternative Close Music: Cream City Jig
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