Arts and culture

Festival Notes - June 24th, 2013

Jun 24, 2013

Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).  For more information, click here.

Painting the Soul

Jun 20, 2013
Roger Adams

For the past few days an elderly man has been painting a series of small and large watercolors of the Roaring Fork River and scenes of the valley.  The paintings include a number that were first sketched in a small airplane as it circled around the Maroon Bells and above Independence Pass.  The painter is Don Nice and tomorrow in Basalt a showing of his work will go up in the Ann Korologos Gallery.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams spoke with Nice about his work and prepared this report.

Summer Words - Memories of the Motherland

Jun 19, 2013

Memories of the Motherland

History, memory, personal stories, family ties … Two authors of Chinese descent discuss how China informs their writing, their understanding of the past and their worldview as Asian Americans.

Panelists: Lisa See, Sandra Tsing Loh

Moderator: Amy Kwei

Summer Words - Following Your Obsession

Jun 19, 2013

Follow Your Obsession

"Write what you know” might be the most famous (and famously misunderstood) piece of writing advice, but Kafka had other ideas: “Don't bend; don't water it down . . . Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Three writers weigh in on chasing their obsessions in their work.

Panelists: David Lipsky, Nino Ricci, Scott Lasser

Moderator: Barbara Dills

Summer Words - The Great Firewall

Jun 19, 2013

The Great Firewall

Join us in a conversation that explores censorship in China: how censorship affects the literature produced there, authors in their work, and the types of stories we hear from abroad.

Panelists: James Fallows, Yiyun Li

Moderator: Melissa M. Long

Summer Words - Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

Jun 18, 2013

Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

For those who live outside of Manhattan, the publishing industry can seem byzantine at best. How does it all work--and are eBooks really changing everything? Industry pros will give the inside scoop around breakout books, landing an agent and the impact of today’s technology on what (and how!) we’ll be reading tomorrow.

Panelists: Kathleen Anderson, Rebecca Saletan, Victoria Skurnick

Moderator:  Cathy O'Connell

Summer Words - Courting the Muse

Jun 18, 2013

Courting the Muse

When inspiration strikes, writing can feel as easy as turning on the faucet. But what happens when the well runs dry? Writers share tips for quieting the inner critic and coaxing the muse back into the room.

Panelists: Nino Ricci, Pam Houston, David Mason

Moderator: Julie Comins Pickrell

Festival Showcase - June 18th, 2013

Jun 18, 2013

Festival Showcase continues its rebroadcasts of interviews from seasons past. On today’s show, host Matt Erikson interviews pianist Orli Shaham who discusses what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Aspen Music Festival.  And AMFS Music Director Robert Spano talks about one of last season’s most adventurous and ambitious programs, Messiaen’s “From the Canyons to the Stars.”

Summer Words - China Is No One Thing

Jun 18, 2013

As Deborah Fallows so poignantly stated in her presentation for Google, “China is no one thing.” It is a place of myriad experiences and perspectives. This evening will introduce our Festival stars as they share personal stories from and about the motherland.

Panelists: Deborah Fallows, James Fallows, Yiyun Li, Sandra Tsing Loh, Lisa See

Moderator: Todd Breyfogle

Summer Words - The Truer Truth: Fact or Fiction?

Jun 18, 2013

The Truer Truth: Fact or Fiction?

We frequently hear writers talk about what is real versus what is true. But when is reality too limiting to illuminate the truth? And are some “true” stories more suited to a fictional or a nonfictional telling than others? Three authors discuss the risks and rewards of writing the stories of their lives as memoir versus fiction.

Panelists: Sandra Tsing Loh, David Lipsky, Pam Houston

Moderator: Andrew Travers