The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 4/24/12
Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion
Filmmaker David Michalek decided that dance can be one of the most undervalued, misunderstood art forms. It is ephemeral, it unfolds before us in time and space. The beauty of it is that it's here, and then it's gone. To change the way dance is experienced, Michalek deisgned a cinematic tribute to dance, called Slow Dancing. Using a high-definition camera shooting at 1,000 frames per second, he filmed 43 dancers and choreagraphers from across the world in motion. These images are projected onto huge screens. It's a world event, and a one-of-a-kind public art installation that has made its way to Harvard Yard outside the Widener Library through April 29.

Slow Dancing by David Michalek: Fang-yi Sheu from Moving Portrait on Vimeo.

Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll discuss this work and explore the poetry of motion, the hypnotic effect that comes from witnessing the exacting precision of a dancer's otherworldy grace.

GUESTS:
  Alicia Anstead, arts and culture analyst
  Jill Johnson, director of Harvard's Dance Program
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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