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The interview begins with Wright Morris reading from a essay he had presented at a conference on Arts in Public. Wright Morris, an American novelist and essayist , discusses how society no longer participates in consuming the arts, only skimming the surface by reading a review. Mr Morris argues that the bulk of society does not embrace or learn from the past mostly due to the fact there is no knowledge and a lack of curiosity to gain that knowledge.
Woody Allen discusses his life and art, the influence of both success and failure on his work, and how he finds comedy in life’s difficulties and trials. He discusses his first screenplay, “What’s Up Pussycat?” and other comedians who have influenced the development of his own comedic work, including Mort Sahl, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, and George S. Kaufman.
Discussing the book "Getting to yes: negotiating agreement without giving in" with William Ury.
Discussing the book "Very Old Bones" (published by Viking Press) with the author William Kennedy.
Discussing the book "Riding the Yellow Trolley Car: Selected Nonfiction" (published by Viking Press) with the author William Kennedy.
Discussing the book "The Flaming Corsage" (published by Viking) with the author William Kennedy.
Where as the Japanese inherited jobs that the Chinese had, the Japanese also inherited many of the prejudices. William Hosukawa and Robert Wilson's book, "East to America: A History of the Japanese in America" also covers the internment of Japanese Americans. Hosukawa said it's important to understand that we're all immigrants of sorts and that the Japanese have made a contribution to the greatness of this country.
Discussing the films "The People vs. Paul Crump", "To Live and Die in Los Angeles," and "The French Connection," with director and screenwriter William Friedkin.
William Craig discusses his book "The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II In the Pacific." He speaks mostly on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Includes several excerpts from the book.
Mr. Brashler converses with Studs about his research for the novel and the players he had spoken with to gather information for the book. The novel tells the story of a baseball team that revolts from a tyrannical Negro League owner and spends the 1939 season barnstorming around the Midwest. Includes two excerpts of a Cool Papa Bell interview talking about their travel as "barnstormers". Studs and Mr. Brashler read several exchanges of dialogue from the book.
Experimental filmmaker and poet Willard Maas and his friend John Dubay discuss experimental films and filmmaking, part 1 of 2. His friend John Dubay speaks briefly in part 1 of the interview, but is more prominently featured in part 2.