Translation and Collaboration

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Monday, July 12, 2010

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We’ll look at why fewer works of literature are being translated into English nowadays and discuss the challenges translators face. Then, jazz singer Jane Monheit talks about her career. And artist Art Spiegelman and musician Dan Zanes discuss collaborating with the Pilobolus dance company, and we’ll be joined by Michael Tracy, one of the company’s members. Plus, we’ll learn about how playgrounds have been changing along with our notions of how children play.

Why Translation Matters

Acclaimed translator Edith Grossman explains the cultural importance of translation. Her book Why Translation Matters looks at why translation is often ignored or misunderstood. She’ll be joined by Laurence Senelick, who just published translations of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and The Seagull; and Idra Novey, executive director of Columbia University’s Center for Literary Translation, whose most recent book of poetry is The Next Country.

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Jane Monheit

Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit discusses her new album, “The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me,” and her performance for the Iridium’s Les Paul Monday series. She’s the first headlining vocalist in series, and she’ll pay special tribute to Mary Ford, Les Paul's longtime partner in song.


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Collaborating with Pilobolus

Pilobolus artistic director Michael Tracy discusses the dance theater’s collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman and award-winning musician Dan Zanes for its current season at the Joyce Theater, July 12-August 7. Program 1, Hapless Hooligan in "Still Moving" features Pilobolus dancers interacting live with Spiegelman's drawings. Program 3, Contradance, is a collaboration with Dan Zanes.


The Way We Play: Modern Playground Design

Monkey bars and jungle gyms are history—the modern playground, with building blocks and noodles, is all about imagination and manipulation. David Rockwell, founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, and Roger A. Hart, director of the Children's Environments Research Group at CUNY Graduate Center, join us to discuss contemporary playground architecture and its role in child development.

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Comic book writer Harvey Pekar attends the 'American Splendor' film premiere at the Chelsea West Theater August 12, 2003 in New York City.

Harvey Pekar

Underground comic book author Harvey Pekar died at 70.


Leonard's Questions: Michael Tracy

Michael Tracy is a fan of Mozart. Find out what else he revealed to us after his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Leonard's Questions: Jane Monheit

What is Jane Monheit's favorite book? She tells us her favorites after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Guest Picks: Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite picks.


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