Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 7, 2021: Eddie Muller – Barry Lopez

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Eddie Muller, dubbed the “Czar of Noir” has written three books on film noir and hosts a weekly Noir film festival on Turner Classic Movies every weekend. He also is part of the team publicizing a 1951 film version of Richard Wright’s classic novel, “Native Son,” fllmed in Argentina and recently restored, which is available now at and will be available on demand on January 26, 2021 at and will be seen on Eddie’s program on TCM in February, Black History Month.

In this interview with host Richard Wolinsky, he discusses the film, as well as noir film and international noir.

Complete 48-minute podcast interview. 
Eddie Muller website.


Barry Lopez (1945-2020) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded November 30, 2000 while on tour for the collection of short stories, Light Action in the Caribbean.

Barry Lopez, who died on December 25, 2020 at the age of 75, was a master of the short form, both fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction, collected in such books as Arctic Dreams and his last published work, Horizon, and his fiction in collections such as Light Action in the Caribbean and Resistance, focused on exploration, biology, morality, transcendence, biology, politics, philosophy and much more.

In this first of three Cover to Cover/Bookwaves interviews with Barry Lopez, he discusses in detail how he works on short fiction, as well as the politics and politicians of the era. There are points where it sounds as if he’s speaking of the events of 2020, and the prescience is uncanny.

While initial reports indicated that Barry Lopez died from prostate cancer, the Washington Post revealed that there was more to it. In September of 2020, his beloved home in the Cascade Moujntains between Bend and Eugene, Oregon was destroyed in the massive fires that ravaged Oregon. Lost were all his original manuscripts, his artwork, and all that he’d collected from his journeys over the years. Shortly thereafter, he began developing cardiac issues that contributed to his death.

This interview was digitized and edited during the last week of December, 2020, and the entire recording has never seen the light of day until now.

Barry Lopez Wikipedia page

:The complete 58 -minute interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links


Bay Area Book Festival Ann Patchett, January 13, 6 pm. George Saunders & Tobias Wolff, January 15, 7 pm.
Books Inc Elaine Costillo, January 21, 5 pm.
Book Passage. Conversations with authors. January 12, 6 pm: Gretchen Rubin. January 14, 6 pm: Rameshwar Das.
The Booksmith  Berkeley Arts & Letters: David P. Barash with David Livingston Smith, January 13, 6 pm; Mary Ziegler with Becca Andrews, January 14, 6 pm.
Kepler’s Books This is Now with Angie Coiro: January 19: Simon Winchester.

American Conservatory Theatre Place Here, Time Now: Conversations with artistic director Pam MacKinnon, episode 4 now streaming.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, starts on April 9th.
Berkeley Rep 10 episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, opening night, Tuesday, January 12, 5:30 pm. What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
Brava Theatre Center: Events to be announced.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Philippa Kelly speaks with Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro about his book “Shakespeare in a Divided America,” January 12, 2021, 5:30 pm, on Zoom. Tickets required. The Oresteia by Ellen McLaughlin, live reading, January 15, 2021, 5:30 pm, free. Registration required.
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming.
Cinnabar Theatre. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, streams January 22-31, 2021.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre The Last Five Years, February 12-15, 2021. Video on demand.
Curran Theatre: To be announced.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events to be announced.
42nd Street Moon. Third Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. The Catastrophist, a world premiere play by Lauren Gunderson begins streaming January 26, 2021. Virgin Play series: Unseen by Mona Monsour, January 7, 7 pm; Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too, August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett, January 14, 7 pm.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan 26 – Feb 28, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
New Conservatory Theatre Center In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website.
Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd, starts streaming December 4, 2020.
Ray of Light: Events to be announced.
Remote Theater. see website for listings.
San Francisco Playhouse. 2020-21 Virtual Season: Songs for a New World, streaming through January 15, 2021.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Shotgun Players. 30th Season starts in March: Every Time I Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm. Waste Management: The Show by Debra Castellano, January 13, 7:30 pm.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays. Thursday January 7: Seduction. Thursday, January 14: Lone Mountain.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Upcoming shows TBA.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. She Persisted, the musical, streaming through Jan. 20, 2021,
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.

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