Big Business of Blockbusters; Sue Monk Kidd's New Novel; Art Spiegelman; Joys of Marriage; Self-Help

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Leonard talks to Harvard Business School’s Anita Elberse explains the economics of the movie business—from why stars are paid so much to how studios try to insulate themselves from flops. Sue Monk Kidd on her latest novel, The Invention of Wings. Art Spiegelman talks about a new retrospective of his work and his new project at BAM. Cindy Chupack describes the unexpected challenges and joys of married life. And we'll find out about one woman’s journey through the world of self-help.

Blockbusters and the Ticket to Success

Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School’s expert on the entertainment industry, explains why building a business around blockbuster products—the movies, television shows, songs, and books—is the surest path to long-term success. In her book Blockbusters, she looks at what’s behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL—along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James.

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Sue Monk Kidd's New Novel, The Invention of Wings

Sue Monk Kidd discusses her new novel, The Invention of Wings. It's about Handful, a slave in early 19th-century Charleston who yearns for life beyond the wealthy Grimke household where she works, and the Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, who is given ownership of Handful.


Art Spiegelman at the Jewish Museum and BAM

Art Spiegelman talks about the exhibition “Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, which celebrates his career and work. It's the first U.S. retrospective that spans Spiegelman’s career: from his early days in underground “comix” to the genesis of Maus to his provocative covers for The New Yorker to his artistic collaborations. He also talks about “Wordless” at BAM, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created in collaboration with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. 



Cindy Chupack on Life as a Wife

Cindy Chupack, a writer for the television shows “Sex and the City” and “Modern Family” and sex columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, discusses her marriage. Her new book The Longest Date: Life as a Wife, is a collection of essays about the comedy and cringe-worthy aspects of matrimony.

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A Journey through America’s Self-Help Culture

Jessica Lamb-Shapiro talks about growing up immersed in the culture of self-help as the daughter of a widowed child psychologist and parenting author. In Promise Land: My Journey through America’s Self-Help Culture she looks at the many self-help options out there and whether they can deliver what they promise.

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Guest Picks: Art Spiegelman

Artist Art Spiegelman was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about a retrospective of his work at The Jewish Museum and performing "Wordless" at BAM. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to -- "lotsa salsa" -- and what he liked about the show "Desperate Housewives." 


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