The novelist William Styron has a string of best-sellers to his name — Lie Down in Darkness, published when he was only 26. But Styron's later years were a struggle and did not publish another novel in the 25 years before he died, in 2006.
We collected dozens of inspired suggestions from listeners, and delivered them to veteran game designer Brenda Brathwaite. This week she reveals an investment game she created with her partner Ian Schreiber.
We asked our listeners to get in on the act, and take a stab at a fake Shakespearean sonnet. Arthur Philips came back to pick the winner: "The Lost Serpent Sonnets of William Shakespeare," by Sally Fisher, of New York.
Twenty years ago, just as indie rock started to be called indie rock, John Darnielle founded The Mountain Goats. Darnielle's biggest influence isn't Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake. He was, and is, a metalhead. Produced by Stephen Reader.
At LA MOCA, a big new survey called Art in the Streets looks at the last forty years of graffiti. The LAPD arrested several graffiti artists the same week of the opening. Arts writer Carolina Miranda tells Kurt Andersen the reaction is overblown.
Director Werner Herzog of Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He tells Kurt Andersen how he came to film one of the most amazing discoveries of our time – the 30,000-year-old cave paintings of Chauvet, France in 3D.