WBEZ | On the Media http://www.wbez.org/tags/media-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The state of fiction: Wouldn't the sticker 'Almost Pulitzer-winner' sell just as many books? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/state-fiction-wouldnt-sticker-almost-pulitzer-winner-sell-just-many <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5573601758_260a3ea87e_o.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 224px;" title="Pulitzer finalist 'The Pale King' by the late David Foster Wallace. (Flickr/Jake Mohan)">The 2012 Pulitzer Prize awards were announced last week but, to the surprise of many, no Great American novel was chosen as <em>this year's</em> Great American novel. As past Pulitzer judge Laura Miller <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/apr/20/no-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction/">noted on the&nbsp;WNYC show <em>On the Media</em></a>, this isn't unheard of; though it's been 35 years since no fiction king or queen was crowned, Pulitzers were not chosen for fiction a whole three times in the 1970s, "which will give you a sense of how contested the idea of literary quality was in that particular era," Miller explained.</p><p><em>Paper Machete</em> contributor writer James Finn Garner argues that the people most irritated about the lack of Pulitzer weren't the authors:&nbsp;"But the screaming about the lack of an award," said Garner, "about the slap in the face to the writers and the judges on the jury, about one more body blow to the life of literature and letters and culture in this truck-stop diner of a country—it was all coming from the publishers and their marketing departments." Read an excerpt or listen:</p><p><em>"On the subject of prizes for artistic works, Woody Allen once said, 'The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don't.'</em></p><p><em>And that was better than the joke I was going to do. Next paragraph.</em></p><p><em>This year, the board that administers the Pulitzer Prize has decided not to present an award for fiction... </em></p><p><em>I know this news ruined your Pulitzer pools in the office and was a serious downer at the Pulitzer party you were going to throw. Everyone was looking forward to that drinking game when you have to down a shot whenever a serious writer complains about the </em>Twilight <em>books."</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. 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Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/state-fiction-wouldnt-sticker-almost-pulitzer-winner-sell-just-many The Brooke Gladstone Interview http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-23/brooke-gladstone-interview-94314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/5506852767_01eabb28b5.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/5506852767_01eabb28b5.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 203px; height: 250px;" title="(Flickr/ALA)" />In 1995, NPR created a brand new media beat and gave it to today&rsquo;s interviewee, who covered it for six years from NPR&#39;s New York bureau in midtown Manhattan, until she was tapped by WNYC to help re-launch <em><a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/">On The Media</a></em> in 2001.</p><p>The program was reborn in January of 2001 and now has nearly one million weekly listeners and has since won quite a few awards by showing how the journalism sausage is made.</p><p>Earlier this year, Gladstone became an illustrated character in her book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Influencing-Machine-Brooke-Gladstone-Media/dp/0393077799">The Influencing Machine</a></em>, with comics drawn by acclaimed artist <a href="http://joshcomix.com/">J</a><a href="http://joshcomix.com/">osh Neufeld</a>. The cartoon version of Brooke conducts the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar&#39;s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism.</p><p>Gladstone&#39;s manifesto debunks the notion that &quot;The Media&quot; is an external force, outside of our control, since we&#39;ve begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read.</p><p>Gladstone has won several awards, including an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody and the Milwaukee Press Club&#39;s Sacred Cat Award for lifetime achievement.<br /><br /><strong>What are some of your favorite graphic-style books, other than your own?</strong><br />There are so many. Certainly the most influential was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Comics-Invisible-Scott-Mccloud/dp/006097625X">Scott McCloud&rsquo;s <em>Understanding Comics</em></a>. It was my guide. I kept it by my bedside the year I was writing the book. I also got a lot of ideas from <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/City_of_glass.html?id=46NqqjgSKMoC">Paul Karazik&rsquo;s and Dave Mazzuchelli&rsquo;s graphic adaptation of Paul Auster&rsquo;s <em>City of Glass</em></a> &ndash; it&rsquo;s stunning. And I&rsquo;m a huge fan of my partner-in-crime&rsquo;s moving work of graphic journalism about Hurricane Katrina, <a href="http://www.smithmag.net/afterthedeluge/"><em>A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge</em>.</a><br /><br /><strong>Which chapter of your book was the hardest to get together, and which came together the most easily?</strong><br />The hardest was the chapter on war reporting (&quot;War&quot;) &ndash; it was the longest, the goriest, the most sweeping and complex, almost like a book within a book. It was also the one where I had the greatest trouble coming up with images simple enough to &nbsp;fit into the format. Josh and I had to go through it again and again. As for the easiest chapter &ndash; I really can&rsquo;t say. None of them were easy.<br /><br /><strong>Was there a discussion regarding how the illustration of you would be portrayed on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Influencing-Machine-Brooke-Gladstone-Media/dp/0393077799/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1321998634&amp;sr=1-1#reader_0393077799">cover</a>? You look a bit pensive: was there any talk about giving you a bit more of a smile?</strong><br />I wanted that stunned expression. She needed to be stupefied, aware of her place within the machine, but stymied&hellip; ambivalent&hellip;um&hellip;maybe I&rsquo;m reading too much into a straight line but it was definitely my choice.<br /><br /><strong>Who did you specifically picture as the target audience of you book, since we&rsquo;re all consumers of the media?</strong><br />This is supposed to be for everyone, specialists and laymen. <em>The Influencing Machine</em> is both a map of our cultural landscape, a history, an analysis and a manifesto. There&rsquo;s a lot in there that people who&rsquo;ve spent their whole lives in the news business didn&rsquo;t know (or so they tell me.) Certainly, I didn&rsquo;t know most of it until I started researching the book.<br /><br /><strong>When politicians criticize the media, do you feel flattered or annoyed (or other?)</strong><br />Mainly, I feel weary and bored. I&rsquo;ve heard it all before. The main argument in my book is that people project everything they hate about our culture, our country and the people who live in it &ndash; onto the media. We the Media comprise a big crazy funhouse mirror of America. Not a perfect reflection, but if we look closely enough we can see almost everything in it, including ourselves and everything we can&rsquo;t stand.<br /><br /><strong>Do you think there was ever a golden age of reporting, or will information just get better with time thanks to technology?</strong><br />Nope, there never was a Golden Age and there never will be. There&rsquo;s just more and more media, more democratized, and everyone with a computer or a cell phone has an increasing role to play. The big change is the evaporating &nbsp;line between media producer and media consumer. Now that you can get virtually everything you want (and you can if you look hard enough) the onus falls on you to be mindful of your own prejudices and predilections when consuming and propagating information.<br /><br /><strong>What are some of your favorite depictions of reporting in movies or TV?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m very partial to the 2007 David Fincher film, <em>Zodiac</em> about a dissolute reporter who&rsquo;s defeated by the unsolved Zodiac murders, and a cartoonist who loses his family because of his obsessive need to solve it. These are not heroes, just human beings in the grip of something they can&rsquo;t control. Reporting can feel like that. Then again, so can life. On the other hand, I can&rsquo;t get enough of <em>All the President&rsquo;s Men</em>. (So sue me.)<br /><br /><strong>When you go on vacation or take time off, is the concept of temporarily avoiding the news one that you embrace, or is it even possible with your job?</strong><br /><em>Can I embrace the concept of avoiding the news? I insist on it!</em> Seriously, hosting and editing &ldquo;On the Media&rdquo; can really make your head hurt after a while. I&rsquo;m not really a media junkie. I don&rsquo;t suck in all the news like a Hoover. I hop gingerly across the media landscape like it&rsquo;s hot sand on a beach and I&rsquo;m looking for a conch shell to hold up to my ear to hear the sea. On my own time I&rsquo;m off that beach and usually watching the Sci Fi channel.<br /><br /><strong>I know that you&rsquo;ve worked on a sci-fi book in the past: What is it about the genre that appeals to you? Is it an escape?</strong><br />I feel completely liberated when reading science fiction. It reinvents the rules and reinvents the world. It&rsquo;s unbounded imagination and in fact, a study of the work of futurists, specialists and science fiction writers found that the science fiction writers were more likely to make accurate predictions. The reason, apparently, was that they didn&rsquo;t worry about what seemed impossible at the time they were writing. The telephone, space travel, nanotechnology, at one time they all faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The science fiction writers imagined their way past those blocks. Why doesn&rsquo;t <em>everybody</em> love science fiction?<br /><br /><strong>What would a future book from you most likely resemble in terms of genre and/or tone? </strong><br />Before the <em>The Influencing Machine</em>, I tried to write a science fiction comic book about two reporters in the year 2042. I kept coming up with inventions and then finding out they&rsquo;d already been invented. I came up with devices that didn&rsquo;t exist and found they&rsquo;d already been depicted by writers before me. I liked the characters, but had problems with the plot. I still want to do it, but I&rsquo;m going to have to let go of the idea that I will break new ground. I have to try. &nbsp;As Samuel Beckett once wrote&hellip; The sun shone having no alternative on the nothing new.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>How does it feel to be the 297th person interviewed for Zulkey.com&nbsp;(and now WBEZ)?</strong><br />It feels right.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-23/brooke-gladstone-interview-94314 NPR's Brooke Gladstone shares her graphic analysis 'On the Media' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-03/nprs-brooke-gladstone-shares-her-graphic-analysis-media-92739 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-03/Brooke Gladstone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The changing media landscape is hardly a secret: Americans get their news in novel, exciting and sometimes infuriating ways. Dissecting how that matters is the subject of another program that airs on WBEZ:<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/" target="_blank"><em>On the Media</em></a> tackles all the big and small stories of the media writ large – the ones that dominate or fly under the radar. <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/people/brooke-gladstone/" target="_blank">Brooke Gladstone</a>, one of the wry and witty voices that provides the analysis, is co-host and managing editor of the NPR program. She also authored the graphic novel<strong> </strong><a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=20559" target="_blank"><em>The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On the Media</em></a><strong>.</strong> She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>Monday to make the case that the media is the people who consume it; not a distortion--but a reflection or mirror--of the broader culture.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-03/nprs-brooke-gladstone-shares-her-graphic-analysis-media-92739 Judith Miller: WikiLeaks' Assange Didn't Care About Verifying His Information http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/judith-miller-wikileaks-assange-didnt-care-about-verifying-his-information <p><p>Former <em>New York Times</em> reporter Judith Miller's career includes <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/23/opinion/23publiceditor.html?scp=3&sq=%22Judith%20Miller%22%20Keller%20Iraq%20weapons%202004&st=cse" target="_blank">pre-Iraq War stories</a> about supposed weapons of mass destruction that the newspaper later famously conceded were inaccurate and flawed.</p><p><em>On the Media</em>'s Bob Garfield had <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2005/11/11/04" target="_blank">a quite contentious conversation</a> with Miller about all that in 2005.</p><p>Something Miller had to say about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this weekend has ignited a fire in the blogosphere. <a href="http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/judith-miller-criticizes-julian-assange-not" target="_blank">CrooksAndLiars.com</a> captured the moment when Miller, appearing on Fox News, criticized Assange and his leaks of State Department diplomatic cables "because he didn't care at all about attempting to verfiy the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it would hurt anyone": Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294081631?&gn=Judith+Miller%3A+WikiLeaks%27+Assange+Didn%27t+Care+About+Verifying+His+Information&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Bob+Garfield,On+the+Media,Julian+Assange,Judith+Miller,News+Media,National+News,Foreign+News,Wikipedia,New+York+Times,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132627724&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 12:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/judith-miller-wikileaks-assange-didnt-care-about-verifying-his-information