“She’s pierced all over, her eyes and lips rimmed in black, looking like a cross between Grace Jones and Edward Scissorhands. In the context of these pale Swedes, she leaps out of the screen, no 3-D glasses required.”—David Edelstein, on Noomi Rapice, “the only thing of interest” in The Girl With The Dragging Plot:
“I think a lot of Mexican-Americans, at least myself, feel split. Sometimes you have a white American saying we’re not American enough, and Mexican Mexicans saying that we’re not Mexican enough. The song really says with clarity and pride that this is who I am.”—Eugene Rodriguez, the leader of the band Los Cenzontles, on the song “Soy Mexicano, Americano" from their album Raza De Oro.
“If you’re talking about Aha! moments, that comes with any collaboration. You sit in a room and you’re talking to someone and your collaborator says ‘X, Y, Z’ and you say ‘Wait a minute, that’s a great idea for this song.’ I had that with Jerry Robbins. He happened to use the phrase ‘Let me entertain you’ as a sort of dummy phrase for what we thought the song should be about, and I said ‘That’s perfect, that’s exactly the right phrase.’ Because it can be ‘Let me entertain you’ [sung] by kids, and then, when Gypsy becomes a stripper, it can have the sexy, sultry undertone or overtone to it, because ‘entertain’ can be seen and heard as a double entendre.”—Stephen Sondheim, on how he came up with the phrase ‘let me entertain you,’ in an interview with Terry Gross, October 28, 2010.
“It was all about expedience. It was all about speed. It’s just a really sad commentary on the way the business was approached … but this is exactly what the banks did when they were making the mortgages, so why are we surprised on the other end of it, that they’re doing it again?”—Gretchen Morgenson, who covers the world financial markets for The New York Times, untangles the complex foreclosure mess and explains the flawed paperwork trail that has led to the reexamination of hundreds of thousands of foreclosure cases.
Audio for Terry’s interview with Oliver Sacks is now up. Enjoy! (Also, feel free to download any of the mp3’s from our recent broadcasts. They all live here…copy the link for the sound file and delete everything after the letters mp3.)
Are you going to do anything with Elaine Stritch, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, or any other quintessential Sondheim actors during the segment? I look forward to hearing it! I love Sondheim.
We’ve had Stritch and Patinkin on the show (though the audio doesn’t appear to be up for Patinkin.) And I think Jeff Lunden interviewed Bernadette Peters for a piece on Mama Rose….This interview with Sondheim is mainly about his lyrics. We talked to him several months ago about Sondheim on Sondheim and he discussed a lot of the actors he’s worked with over the years.
“I sometimes find myself just admiring the pockets of space between the different branches in a tree and walking and immersing myself in those pockets of space. It is just beautiful. It is a beautiful sensation.”—Sue Barry, a neurobiologist, had been cross-eyed since early infancy. As a result, she viewed the world in a flat plane and had no stereoscopic 3-D vision. In her mid-40s, Barry met the neurologist Oliver Sacks at a dinner party. She told him that she didn’t think she was missing much by not seeing the world in 3-D. But several years later, after experiencing several side effects from her vision problems, Barry decided to visit a developmental optometrist, who helped her relearn how to view the world stereoscopically.
I don't know if you'd know this, but when are the older episodes of Fresh Air going to be available on the website? Because if the interview is prior to a certain date it just says audio unavailable. Or are they ever?
That’s a long term project we’re going to tackle after we finish digitizing all of our audio (some of it’s still on reels.) But when we do an archival Friday show, we pull old audio….it’s a long process.
“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears- it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more- it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”—(Our guest tomorrow) Oliver Sacks (via jesileal)