Interviews

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November 13, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Book Review/Interview: Talking “Upstate” With Critic James Wood

“I like implication very much; there’s a fiction of implication that I think I’ve championed over the fiction of explication.”

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May 8, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Book Review and Interview: Steve Almond’s “Bad Stories”

“We built this form of democracy and now we must stand up to what it’s become and say ‘I don’t consent to this.'”

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January 11, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Music Interview: Henry Rollins — Forever Wired

Henry Rollins insists on defining himself strictly on his own terms.

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April 21, 2017

The Arts Fuse

Poet Martín Espada — Resistance is Obligatory

Martín Espada’s lyricism sings deeply in the key of loss, turning the anguish of social and personal histories into hope.

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December 12, 2016

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George Scialabba on Low Dishonest Decades — and the Dishonesty to Come

Reading the essays in this collection is like receiving a first-rate tutorial on the way we live now and how we got here.

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November 29, 2016

The Arts Fuse

FilmStruck — Streaming Service for Classic Movies Arrives

FilmStruck’s streaming service isn’t just an archive, it’s also an opportunity to reframe and refresh what these films can still do long after their initial release. I spoke with Criterion Collection President Peter Becker about it.

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August 19, 2016

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“Listen, Liberal” — What’s the Matter with the Democrats?

Bay Staters, take heed: according to Thomas Frank, the problem isn’t just with the Party, but with the reliably blue states as well.

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May 19, 2016

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Saxophonist Grace Kelly — On Jazz and Beyond

“My hope is that in the near future the mainstream music pendulum will swing much more heavily towards giving jazz the attention it deserves.”

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March 2, 2016

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Edgar Allan Poe — America’s Maestro of Suffering

The Annotated Poe invites readers to take a fresh look at Edgar Allan Poe and his far-ranging artistic legacy. Novelist William Giraldi talks about his introduction.

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January 12, 2016

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Tim Jackson — on Robin Lane, The Band That Time Forgot, Johnny D’s, and the End of an Era

“I hope that these new venues still want to book the occasional seasoned musician, because audiences of all ages still love rock and roll.”

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November 19, 2015

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Langhorne Slim’s “Spirit” is Moving, Come Hell or High Water

The Spirit Moves is imbued with a sense of rebirth, emotional and creative, that pairs well with Langhorne Slim’s trademark barn-burning intensity.

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April 29, 2014

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Author Interview: Novelist Elizatbeth Graver on “The End of the Point”

“The space between fantasy and reality is a very charged one. Fiction can explore that, which might be one reason why I’m so drawn to it as a form.”