Sudden Life Changes – Michelle Obama

The bookshops are full of Michelle Obama's autobiography: "Becoming".  Here is an audio recording of her reading her own words (on BBC), recording the start of what it was like to become First Lady.  Click here to access audio recording, if you live in the UK.  (I'm not quire sure how you'd access this, if …

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Writing his First Movie Script: Sylvester Stallone

For the first time, I watched "Rocky" through - best of all, the attached DVD commentary by Sylvester Stallone - who comes across clearly as a writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6bLJrQE4QY He talks about finding the heart of the story - and how financially broke he was when writing.  There are wry and ironic looks back - and …

The Art of Conversation – Studs Turkel Archive

Basically, you need never be bored again.  An immense archive of  the great audio interviewer and social historian and researcher, Studs Turkel, speaking over 40 years with great thinkers, movers and shakers as well as people less famous - has been properly curated and placed online.  This is America, talking to itself, about its hopes and …