In This Episode: We take a look at the internet phenomenon of GIFs and how they relate to music. Chadwick Matlin, senior editor for Reuters Opinion and Joshua Carrafa, creator of the “Music History in Gifs” Tumblr, explain the popularity of these animated image files that endlessly repeat.
And: He’s best known for writing landmark biographies of presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, but Edmund Morris’ latest book, called This Living Hand, features quite a bit of writing on music. He stops by for a discussion about Beethoven and more.
Pulitzer Prize winnier Edmund Morris' new book This Living Hand, consists of 40 years of essays, lectures and notes from Morris. He tells Soundcheck about the brilliance of Beethoven, and why it's so hard to write about music.
Edmund Morris discusses the final book of his trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt, which recounts the last decade of perhaps one of the most fascinating individuals in American history. Colonel Roosevelt recounts his personal life as well as his political life, covering Roosevelt’s safari in East Africa, his nature writing, his famous “New Nationalism” speech, and his role as the guiding spirit of the Progressive movement.
This month marks the 235th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. There’s a huge shelf-ful of books about the composer, but this year Edmund Morris, the celebrated biographer of American presidents, wrote his own short life of Beethoven. Morris won the Pulitzer Prize for one of his books about Theodore ...