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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss the tragic and untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. With Jason Zinoman, who covers theater and comedy for the New York Times, they remember Hoffman’s diverse body of work on stage and screen. Next, the gabbers welcome Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash to discuss her latest album The River & the Thread, her unyielding fascination with the Mississippi Delta, and how she writes her songs.
Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Dana’s tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman on Slate.
- Forrest Wickman compiles Hoffman’s “Best Performances in Bad Movies” on Slate.
- Phillip Maciak looks to Hoffman’s many scenes on the telephone to explain his greatness.
- David Roth mourns Hoffman’s death in light of a close friend’s overdose.
- A compilation of interviews with Hoffman and director P.T. Anderson on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- Almost Famous.
- Along Came Polly.
- Charlie Wilson’s War.
- The Master.
- Mission Impossible 3.
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill.
- Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
- True West by Sam Shepard.
- The Author’s Voice by Richard Greenberg.
- Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread
- Carl Wilson’s review of the album on Slate.
- Ken Tucker’s profile of Rosanne Cash in the New York Times.
- Colin Meloy of The Decembrists.
- Jason Isbell.
- “One for My Baby” by Frank Sinatra.
- “No Reply” by the Beatles.
- “The World Unseen” from Rosanne Cash’s The Black Cadillac.
- “A Feather’s Not a Bird” from Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread.
- “When the Master Calls the Roll” from Rosanne Cash’s The River & the Thread.
- Dear Life by Alice Munro.
Julia: “Nettles” in Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage by Alice Munro.
Rosanne Cash: The vast archives of Chapel Hill’s Southern Folklife Center, Furious Cool by David and Joe Henry about the life of Richard Pryor, and The Secret City, an ongoing series of art gatherings in New York City.
Steve: The blind bluesman Reverend Gary Davis and “How Auden was Modified in the Guts of the Living” by Nina Martyris in the L.A. Review of Books, an essay about W.H. Auden’s “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”
Outro: “The World Unseen” by Rosanne Cash
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