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Charlie Rose with Pete Sampras; Harold Bloom (July 11, 2000)

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Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras on what has become the most defining victory of his career, setting a new record of 13 Grand Slam victories. Later, Yale professor Harold Bloom on his love of literature and his new book How to Read and Why.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Charlie Rose, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000HBL8HQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on October 27, 2007
I did not watch the Sampras part of this show , and will only comment on the Bloom segment.
Bloom speaks here about his passion for reading, about the decline in the ability to truly read, about the difference between reading for politically- correct agenda reasons and reading for literary- aesthetic- human wisdom - reasons. He speaks about the decline of the teaching of Literature in the universities of the United States. And he tells a bit about his own story in reading.
I do not know how true it is , but supposedly Bloom has memorized a good part of the Western world's greatest literature. His capacity for 'ingesting masterpieces' has so far as I know no real precedent. His passion and love of reading are clearly the passion of his life.
He aims to transmit this passion to us.
I enjoy Bloom's every appearance not because I necessarily agree with what he has to say about things, certainly not on the religious level- but because I learn a great deal from someone who has read so much great Literature and thought and wrote so deeply about it.
So for me any interview with him is a very great pleasure.
Rose as usual knows how to ask questions and show interest in subjects even he may not have the deepest knowledge of. He always comes prepared and does a good job.
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