Down and Dirty Pictures

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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta takes us inside the business of news. Then, author Peter Biskind discusses Miramax, Sundance, and the rise of independent film. Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet with their heretic's Bible, Killing the Buddha. And mystery writer Elmore Leonard shares his new novel, Mr. Paradise.

Ken Auletta

New Yorker staff writer and journalist Ken Auletta dissects the people and institutions shaping media, for good and for ill, in a time of profound change. His new book is Backstory: Inside the Business of News.

Music: A Civil Action Soundtrack composer Danny Elfman



Peter Biskind

Author Peter Biskind's new book Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines -- Sundance and Miramax -- that have powered them.

•Music: The Crying Game Soundtrack “The Crying Game”
Four Room Soundtrack composed and performed by Combustible Edison


Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."
The 9th century sage Lin Chi gave this advice to one of his monks, admonishing him that this Buddha would only be a reflection of his unexamined beliefs and desires. Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet took Lin Chi's advice ...


Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard Renown mystery writer Elmore Leonard shares his new novel set in Detroit, Mr. Paradise.

• Read an excerpt of Mr. Paradise in the Reading Room
• Visit Elmore Leonard's website.
• More on the ...


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