Mariam Said Interview

October 24th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


Mariam Said joins me on the Frumkes Show to discuss her mother Wadad Makdisi Cortas’s fascinating memoir entitled “A World I Love,” and also a book by her late Husband Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim entitled “Parallels and Paradoxes.” The former is the story of her mother’s pioneering attempts to educate girls in the Arab World in a non-parochial way while at the same time retaining pride in their national heritage, while the latter is a series of dialogues between the eminent Argentinian-Israeli pianist Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said who was a Palistinian-American  literary and cultural critic of great renown as well as an impassioned commentator on the Middle East. The two as it happens were also great friends. Mariam is a wonderful woman whom I think you will find it a pleasure to meet.

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Reverend Jen Interview

April 19th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

live-nude-elfI hope you are ready for the Reverend Jen….she is without doubt an original in the best sense of the word, in the tradition of Andy Warhol and people who gathered around him.  She calls herself an “Art Star” a designation she created for herself and others, and is indeed just that.  She paints, she writes, she collects trolls and runs a troll museum in her house.  She is also the author of a book called “Live Nude Elf,”  which should give you a sense of just how cute and funny she is.  She is a live, adorable elf, though not nude when I interviewed her.  She actually engages in underground participatory journalism a la George Plimpton or “Sexperiments,” as she calls them, to write stories.  For example she was the lube girl on a porno film, or another time she dated a Silver Fox.  Whatever she does you won’t be able to get enough of her…she is a riot and endlessly amusing.  Tune in and hear me uncover the Reverend Jen.

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