This week photographer Steve Pyke tells us about his Philosopher portrait series and your host goes to France in search of photo books. Plus a remix of the three photographers we featured last year in the “Beyond the Fruited Plain” series: Richard Misrach, Alec Soth, and Naomi Harris.
Historian Jill Lepore talks Tea Party History. Alec Soth photographs from the Middle, Andrea S discovers the Middle, and your host fears the Middle! Plus TMi’s “Chris” learns more about who is really pulling the strings.
We don’t have metrics to measure what happens when we read something that changes our life. So this episode is an attempt to deal with that. We begin with writer Rob Walker who tells us about his “New Old Thing,” a regular feature he produces for Yahoo Tech. Rob is one of the most thoughtful writers I know and if anyone can wean us from our addiction to the now it will be him. I also get to talk to one of my heros this week: Edwin Frank who is the editor in chief of the NYRB classics imprint. About 10 years ago I read a collection of Platonov stories, a book that definitely changed my life, and I became a life-long devotee of the series. I have always wanted to ask Edwin about his editorial sensibilities and what exactly binds all the books with the well designed colored spines together. Phyllis Rose is the author of The Shelf. She “randomly” chose a shelf at the library near her house and read every book on it – then she wrote about the experience. It is a deep funny philosophical treatise on the act of reading itself. I will be gifting this book to my friends for years.
Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.