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5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual discussions with renowned writers of all type and genre, December 27, 2010
No interviewer matches Bill Moyers for intellectual, in-depth thought drawing ability. A set of PBS Moyers interviews, with celebrated authors. This is not a how-to study of writers' techniques, but instead a small glimpse into the impromptu minds' thought of 21 crown authors. Interviews originated from the late 80's to 2010. The authors came from a variety of country origins. Topics addressed include the occasional book by the author, politics, personal lifestyles, author beliefs, religion, dissent, and science. The list is more varied than the authors. This is NOT mass market paperback, steamy romance, or cookie-cutter Amish authors. These authors articulate on many topics, causes, or issues near to their hearts and writing topics.

These are intellectual literacy giants and will not be appreciated by all. But even those who typically read the lighter forms of publication may find a new writer to try. Personally, I immediately went to the library and checked out "Shadow Tag" (2010, Louise Erdrich). Some interviews will surprise, some will inspire, all enlighten and provide new insight into the authors' work.

Episodes each about ½ hour & have SUBTITLES
1 CHINUA ACHEBA- African politics, "Things Fall Apart" '58, "Anthills of the Savannah"
2 & 3 ISAAC ASIMOV- Science, religion & more from a science fiction writer
4 E.L. DOCTOROW- "Ragtime" and "Book of Daniel" were 2 books that inspired films
5 M.F.K. FISHER- Cooking and aging "We must grow old, we must eat.", is she really "past vanity?", "Sister Age"
6 CARLOS FUENTES- Political & cultural of Mexico, novel to film "Old Gringo"
7 NADINE GORDIMER- So African desegregationist on apartheid in her childhood
8 JEANNETTE HAIEN- Making music and telling stories, "The All of It" '86 about a parish priest in Ireland, "Matters of chance" `97
9 JOSEPH HELLER- "Catch-22" 1961, absurdity of politics, comedy, "Good as Gold", "Portrait of An Artist, As An Old Man" 2000
10 & 11 TONI MORRISON- 5 books on being black in America, liberating inner city love to thick
12 BHARATI MUKHERJEE- "Jasmine", immigrant stories, Indian-born and an inspirational lady
13 DEREK WALCOTT- plays & poet's political pen activist, "White Egrets" 2010
14 AUGUST WILSON- writes about Blacks' past, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" '87, "Fences" Pulitzer
15 & 16 TOM WOLFE- begins with Wall St. greed, "The Right Stuff", "Bonfire of the Vanities" `87

BONUS episodes with subtitles:
17 BARBARA KINGSOLVER- "The Lacuna" 2009, "Small Wonder" about terrorist attack 9.11, empathy from fiction
18 ARUNDHATI ROY- "The God of Small Things" '97, India political activist states: "The only thing worth globalizing is dissent.", "Power Politics"
19 LAURA RESTREPO- Columbian drug war, "Leopard in the Sun" about 2 drug families, "The Dark Bride" about staying alive in Columbian Civil War
20 DORIS LESSING- "The Golden Notebook" '62, feminist who got the '07 Nobel as oldest recipient, "The Sweetest Dream"
21 ALICE WALKER- "The Color Purple" '82, an activist, protestor of Iraq invasion/war, poet
22 ISABEL ALLENDE- "The House of the Spirits" '62, "Island Beneath the Sea" 2010, "My Invented Country" about Chili politics, military coup of 9.11.73
23 MAXINE HONG KINGSTON- "The Woman Warrior", antiwar movement and vet supporter, "Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace" a 2006, MHK inspired vets to write & `tell the truth'
24 LOUISE ERDRICH- Midwest Native American books, "The Plague of Doves 2008, "Shadow Tag" 2010, about manipulation within a marriage. An author of mixed culture., "A Blue Jays Dance", Last interview-but not least, it was my favorite.

Added BONUS stuff is "A Viewer's Guide" booklet, author's partial book lists, a text Moyers bio.
Good for educational libraries.
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