Arts & Culture

Twyla Tharp: "The Creative Habit" (Simon & Schuster)

October 9, 2003

Internationally renowned for her modern ballets, choreographer Twyla Tharp has thought a great deal about what it means to be creative and how to achieve it. She offers practical guidlines on how to learn the creative habit and use it for...

Julie Andrews: "Dumpy and the Firefighters" (HarperCollins), "Simeon's Gift" (Julie Andrews Collection)

October 3, 2003

She's best known for her roles in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," but Julie Andrews is also the author of numerous children's books. She's recently launched The Julie Andrews Collection of books for young readers...

Nadeau & Barlow: "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" (Sourcebooks)

September 2, 2003

We love their food and fashion, but we don't always love their foreign policy. Husband-and-wife authors Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow tell of their extensive research into French history and culture in pursuit of an answer to the...

Erica Jong: "Sappho's Leap" (W.W. Norton) (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2003

Best-selling author Erica Jong's latest novel explores how contemporary attitudes toward sexuality compare with those of about 600 B.C., when Greek lyric poet Sappho was writing her erotic verse.

Katy Lederer: "Poker Face" (Crown)

August 21, 2003

Katy Lederer presents her memoir of a "girlhood among gamblers." She tells how her brother, sister and mother all became drawn into the world of high-stakes poker, and about her own flirtation with the gambling life.

Jim Cullen: "The American Dream" (Oxford)

June 26, 2003

In his new book, Jim Cullen looks at the idea of American dream and its importance to the American identity, tracing both its history, from colonial days to modern America, and its meaning, from religious and political freedom to equality...

Connie Bruck: "When Hollywood Had a King" (Random House)

June 25, 2003

"New Yorker" staff writer Connie Bruck presents her biography of Lew Wasserman, one of the entertainment industry's biggest powerbrokers of all time

Marsden Hartley Exhibit

June 6, 2003

Diane talks with the curator of a retrospective exhibit of works by modernist painter Marsden Hartley. Hartley's paintings include landscapes of his native Maine, scenes from his travels in the US and Europe, and his abstract "War...

Marian Burros: "Cooking for Comfort" (Simon & Schuster)

June 2, 2003

Best-selling author and "New York Times" columnist Marian Burros talks with Diane about her new cookbook, which was inspired by Americans' renewed interest in foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and in the cookies, cakes and...

Jean Zimmerman: "Made from Scratch" (Free Press)

May 8, 2003

It used to be that the domestic arts - sewing, cooking, cleaning - were seen as honorable endeavors. Not so today. As we head toward Mother's Day, we take a look at the history of homemaking in America, and talk about why we've lost pride...

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