Arts & Culture

Marc Eliot: "Cary Grant" (Harmony)

October 28, 2004

He was a top box office draw in over 70 movies for 34 years and remains an icon of quick wit, romantic charm, and urbane sophistication. A new biography of Cary Grant explores his troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong...

Readers' Review: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

October 20, 2004

The author and his family fled Afghanistan in the 1970s. Now a doctor in California, he's written the first novel in English by an Afghan. It offers an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation set against the...

Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno: "E.E. Cummings" (Sourcebooks)

October 19, 2004

Poet, translator and biographer Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno joins Diane to share his portrait of the seriously whimsical American poet, painter and individualist Edward Estlin Cummings.

Betty Edwards: "Color" (Tarcher Putnam)

October 13, 2004

Betty Edwards, author of the best selling book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" explains the complexity of color and color theory.

Barbara Robinette Moss: "Fierce" (Scribner)

October 11, 2004

In the acclaimed memoir "Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter," Barbara Robinette Moss described the abuse and neglect her family suffered at the hands of her alcoholic father during her poverty-stricken childhood in rural Alabama. In...

James Earl Jones

October 7, 2004

Actor James Earl Jones is starring with Leslie Uggams in "On Golden Pond" at the Kennedy Center in Washington through Oct. 17. He joins Diane to talk about his work.

Orhan Pamuk: "Snow" (Knopf)

October 7, 2004

The internationally acclaimed Turkish writer explores the collision of Western values with Islamic fundamentalism in his latest novel. A middle-aged poet returns from years of political exile to a remote Turkish town. Trapped by a...

Esmeralda Santiago: "The Turkish Lover"

September 28, 2004

One of todays preeminent Latina authors talks about the period in her life when she left her family in Brooklyn at age 21 to live with an older, more worldly man. Through their troubled relationship, she explores racism, sexism, feminism...

Violinist Joshua Bell

September 27, 2004

Diane talks with America's greatest classical violinist, performing this week with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. His latest CD is titled "Romance of the Violin."

The following recordings by Joshua Bell...

"Patrick O'Connell's Refined American Cuisine" (Bulfinch)

September 22, 2004

The Inn at Little Washington has been selected as one of the top ten restaurants in the world. Its chef celebrates the coming of age of American cooking and connects what he does in his restaurant with what can be done in the home kitchen.

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