Arts Express: Gail Sheehy Talks Daring: My Passages

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Gail Sheehy Talks Daring: My Passages. The controversial veteran journalist on transcending comfort zones in pursuit of a new and different hybrid 20th century journalism, along with Jimmy Breslin, Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe. And referencing Pygmalion, Hemingway, feminism, a phenomenon described as bachelor mothers, Woodstock, Thatcher, Gorbachev, and a different and dangerous perception of corporate media journalists around the world, just about the time they began to be embedded with the US military.

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The Toronto Film Festival Wrap-Up Report. Indiewire’s Nigel Smith phones in to Arts Express, on location at the Toronto Film Festival with this exclusive report. And, in a number of ways what the latest global cinema screened there may not be about. Including Richard Gere starring as a homeless man in the dramatic feature Time Out Of Mind, that may not actually be so much about the homeless; a somewhat feminist Confederacy thriller that may be less about the US Civil War than say, Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs; and Mr. Turner, a dramatic biopic about the eminent 19th century British painter. But in effect disappearing and missing a main point about his life as an abolitionist, along with his most historically important painting exposing the horrors of the Middle Passage – Slavers Throwing Overboard The Dead And Dying. When British slave traders did just that, to collect insurance money taken out on the kidnapped Africans.

Poetry Corner: Distinguished Puerto Rican people’s poet Martin Espada reads from his work. Touching on the Patterson Silk Strike of 1913, Malcolm X, Potters Field, a jailhouse in Mississippi, Pancho Villa, and The Other Valentino. Along with sounds courtesy of Dominican jazz musician, Michel Camillo and his composition, Caribe.

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.