To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Alice Flaherty gave birth prematurely to twin boys
who died. Ten days later she found herself wildly agitated, full
of ideas demanding to be written down. She had "hypergraphia"
the overwhelming urge to write. In this hour of To the
Best of Our Knowledge, Alice Flahertaly talks about "The
Midnight Disease:." We'll also offer some interesting ideas
to jump-start your imagination.
Paul Auster is a director, screen-writer
and novelist. He talks with Steve Paulson about dealing with moments
of doubt while writing fiction. Auster's films include "Smoke;"
among his novels are "Timbuktu" and "The Book of
Illusions." Also, Jason Rekulak is the author of "The
Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination."
He provides several of them throughout the program, including
one here. And, neurologist Alice Flaherty is the author
of "The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block,
and the Creative Brain." Flaherty tells Anne Strainchamps
about the science behind writer's block, and recounts her own
experiences with hypergraphia. And we get another tip from Jason
Garrison Keilor tells Steve Paulson that
he's never troubled by writer's block. Keillor's latest novel
is "Love Me." Also, more advice from Jason Rekulak,
and feminist film critic Molly Haskell is the author of
"From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies."
Haskell tells Jim Fleming how Hollywood has treated the subject
of writer's block, and we hear clips from "Adaptation"
and "Barton Fink."
Chang-rae Lee is a Korean-American and the
author of "Aloft." He reads a bit from the novel and
talks about it with Jim Fleming. And we get a final tip from Jason
Rekulak, author of "The Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to
Jump-Start Your imagination."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-05-16-B.
- Paul Auster, The Book of Illusions: a
novel (Picador USA)
- Alice W. Flaherty, The Midnight
Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block,and the Creative Brain
- Garrison Keillor, Love Me (Viking)
- Chang-rae Lee, Aloft: a novel (Riverhead)
- Jason Rekulak, The
Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination (Running
Molly Haskell's essay, "Weary of Writer's
Block," is available
on The Guardian's website...
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from the CD, "Seconds Of Pleasure" (Columbia/Legacy)
- -- "Sunday Gardena Blvd."/Money Mark
from the CD, "Mark's Keyboard Repair" (MoWax/A&M
- -- "Everyday I Write The Book"/Elvis
Costello & The Attractions
from the CD, "Punch The Clock (Deluxe Edition)" (Rhino)
- -- "Dr. Benway"/Howard Shore, Ornette
Coleman, The London Philharmonic
from the CD, "Naked Lunch: Music From The Original Soundtrack"
- -- "Paperback Writer"/The Beatles, DJ
Tommy Who Breakout Remix White Label
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