If not for my mother, my father, my sister, my aunt, the kids next door who played the clarinet, Gerry and Shelly…

From Arlene Alda in New York City

Arlene, in her and her husband Alan’s New York City apartment, after our interview.

Links from the podcast.

City University of New York interview about her book, Just Kids from the Bronx’ (video) — :25

Just Kids from the Bronx (Amazon hardcover) (Amazon audiobook) — :28

Bronx River (Bronx River Alliance website) — 11:27

New York Botanical Garden (website), rose garden (website page) — 11:37

Victrola (video) — 13:33

Evander Childs High School (Facebook page) — 14:26

Simeon Bellison, clarinet teacher (Wikipedia) (audio recording on Apple Music) — 19:12

Cologne Conservatory of Music (Wikipedia) — 22:30

Leon Russianoff, clarinet teacher (92nd St Y masterclass video) (NYT obituary) — 23:00

Léon Barzin, conductor of the training orchestra of the National Orchestral Association (WNYC music recording archive) (Wikipedia) — 23:33

Leopold Stokowski, conductor of the Houston Symphony (Wikipedia) (Houston Symphony recording) 23:42

Hunter College (website) — 23:54

Arlene’s books (GoodReads page) — 27:19

Henri Cartier Bresson, photographer (documentary) (Wikipedia) — 27:47

Magnum Photography (website’s history page) — 27:51

Leonia, NJ (Wikipedia) — 28:02

Crewel Embroidery (Wikipedia) — 30:03

International Center of Photography (website) — 39:38

Arlene Alda’s ABC (GoodReads) — 41:35

Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep (GoodReads) — 42:47

Arlene Alda’s 1, 2, 3 (GoodReads) — 43:58

Pig, Horse, or Cow, Don’t Wake Me Now (GoodReads) — 44:14

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Christoph in his studio, in the Mitte district of Berlin, after our interview.

Links from the podcast.

Heinz Edelmann, Christoph’s teacher at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart (Wikipedia) — :57

Christoph Niemann’s brother, Benedikt (website) — 1:31

Modern Art (Wikipedia); Constructivism (Wikipedia); Pop Art (Wikipedia); Hockney (Wikipedia) compared to Bonnard (Wikipedia) — 7:53

Art in Star Wars (Ralph McQuarrie book) and Lord of the Rings (Gary Russell book) — 8:48

Christoph’s wife, Lisa Zeitz (Instagram) — 11:11

Nicholas Blechman (website) — 11:16

Nicholas’ father, R. O. Blechman (website) — 12:28

Nicholas Blechman/​Christoph Niemann, Conversations (website) — 13:00

The MET (website) — 18:40

David Remnick (Wikipedia) — 19:00

Exquisite corpse (Wikipedia) — 19:19

Heinz Edelmann (Wikipedia) — 20:34

Mort Drucker (Wikipedia) — 25:39

Frank Frazetta (Wikipedia) — 25:43

Tomi Ungerer (Wikipedia) — 27:41

Albert Uderzo (Wikipedia) — 28:03

Mad Magazine (website) — 28:21

Don Martin (Wikipedia) — 28:34

Mort Drucker (Wikipedia) — 29:11

Christoph Niemann’s brother, Benedikt (website) — 30:50

Jeno Barcsay, Anatomie für Künstler (Amazon) — 32:21

Paul Sahre (website); Christoph Niemann, Abstract City (website) — 34:15

Netflix documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design (video) — 38:28

Stefan Sagmeister (AIGA profile) — 39:59

Tina Roth Eisenberg (website bio), Tattly (website), Christoph’s Tattlys (website) — 42:57

Jon Huang (New York Times articles), Petting Zoo (app) — 51:58




If not for Mark White, Jack Shafer, Hanna Rosin

From David Plotz in Washington, DC

In David’s kitchen after our interview.

Links from the podcast.

Mark White (blog) — :42

High School (St. Albans website) — :50

The Resurrection of Marion Barry (article) — 4:45

Jack Shafer (Twitter) — 4:45

Hanna Rosin (website) — 8:40

Slate (website) — 9:30

David Carr (NYT obituary) — 9:53

Kate Boo (Pulitzer award page) — 10:00

Clara Jeffery (Twitter) — 10:07

Amanda Ripley (website) — 10:13

Jon Cohen (byline at Science) — 10:17

Layoffs at Slate (Atlantic article) — 12:15

Jack Shafer’s media criticism column at Politico (website) — 13:14

Michael Kinsley (Google Sites page) — 16:39

The Genius Factory (GoodReads) — 16:56

Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible (GoodReads) — 16:58

Atlas Obscura (website) — 18:02

Dr. Judith Plotz (GWU website) — 20:08

Dr. Paul Plotz (NIH retirement announcement) — 20:12

Dispatch about meeting Martin Thom (Slate) — 29:11

Butsted Flush, article in Harper’s (website, subscription required) — 33:09