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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Director John Landis, of Animal House and Blues Brothers fame, talks about movie monsters and the retrospective of his work at BAM. Mark Madoff’s widow Stephanie Madoff Mack opens up about her very public tragedy. We’ll find out about the lives of a prominent Jewish family of art patrons in turn of the century Vienna. Plus, our resident word-maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls about our confusing English language.

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Director John Landis on His Movies and Movie Monsters

Director John Landis discusses his career as a filmmaker, making such films as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Trading Places, Three Amigos, An American Werewolf in London, and Into the Night. He’s the author of Monsters in the Movies, about the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the screen. And BAMcinématek is presenting See You Next Wednesday: 8 Films by John Landis.

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Stephanie Madoff Mack on The End of Normal

Stephanie Madoff Mack, the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, talks about living through a public crisis and her own personal tragedy. Her memoir The End of Normal tells what happened to her family when the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke. After learning that their father's wealth management company was "all just one big lie," Mark and Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all communication with both parents. Mark could not overcome his sense of betrayal and shame, and he took his own life.

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Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900

Tim Bonyhady tells the story of an eminent Viennese family who were among the great patrons of early-20th-century Viennese culture at its peak. Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900 takes us from the Gallias’ middle-class prosperity in the provinces of central Europe to their arrival in Vienna, their collections of art and design; their cosmopolitan society; their religious life and their efforts to circumvent the city’s rampant anti-Semitism, and their escape from Nazi Austria and new life in Australia.

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Patricia T. O'Conner on Euphemisms for Death, and the Life of Language

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the many euphemisms we have for death—pushing up daisies, bought the farm, kicked the bucket—and she answers questions about English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is now out in paperback, along with Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

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Guest Picks: John Landis

John Landis, who directed "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" was on the Lopate Show to discuss movie monsters...and he also revealed that he's a fan of puppetry gardens!

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