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2007


The Austin Chronicle

"The Master Builder"
October 18, 2007

Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle talks with playwright Tony Kushner about Arthur Miller. Kushner speaks about his own interactions with Miller's plays and discusses Miller's life and work as "an absolutely indestructible link between the personal and the political." Kushner spoke about Miller in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater on October 18, 2007.


NPR Weekend Edition

"Famous Authors' Rejection Letters Surface"
September 16, 2007

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen interviews Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian Richard Oram about rejection letters that publishing house Alfred A. Knopf Inc. sent to famous authors, including one to Jack Kerouac for On the Road. The Ransom Center houses the Alfred A. Knopf Inc. collection.


Weekend America

"America in the 1920s"
July 28, 2007

Weekend America, a National Public Radio show, profiles the Ransom Center's The American Twenties exhibition. Incoming Collections Curator Danielle Sigler discusses the exhibition and some of the changes that occurred during the 1920s. The piece contains audio excerpts from the museum theater program Voices of the American Twenties, short one-act plays that complement the exhibition by animating characters.


The New Yorker

"Final Destination: Why do the archives of so many great writers end up in Texas?"
June 11 & 18, 2007

The Harry Ransom Center is featured in the June 11 & 18 summer fiction issue of The New Yorker in D. T. Max's article, Final Destination: Why do the archives of so many great writers end up in Texas? The article explores how "The Ransom Center, under Staley's leadership, easily outmaneuvers rivals such as Yale, Harvard and the British Library." Complementing the piece is a slideshow of images shot by photographer Dan Winters.


USA Today.com

"University of Texas acquires David Mamet collection"
April 18, 2007

The Associated Press reports on the Ransom Center's acquisition of the papers of playwright, writer and film director David Mamet, author of more than 50 plays and 25 screenplays.

"Having an archive in the care of the Ransom Center, in the care, if I may, of intelligent and dedicated enthusiasts, fulfilled both the fantasy of the parent, and that of the artist, who now, though absent, might envision a cost-free colloquy with a perfect interlocutor," said Mamet in a statement.

Mamet's full statement concerning the acquisition is available.


KVUE News

"De Niro costume collection on display at Co-op"
March 19, 2007

KVUE News highlights the special De Niro exhibition featured at the University Co-op. The exhibition displays 13 costumes spanning De Niro's extensive Hollywood career from the Ransom Center's collection.


KUT

Joe Ely's "Bonfire of Roadmaps"
March 15, 2007

KUT's John Aielli provides listeners with a selection of audio of Joe Ely reading from his new book Bonfire of Roadmaps. In conjunction with the release of the book, the Ransom Center presented "Joe Ely: Bonfire of Roadmaps," an installation of Ely's verse, sketches and paintings drawn from his road journals. Ransom Center Art Curator Peter Mears provides information about the show.


C-SPAN Radio

"Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco"
March 2007

Kate Holliday, Assistant Professor of Art History at Southwestern University, presented "Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco" on Thursday, February 8, 2007, at the Ransom Center. Holliday's lecture explored how skyscrapers, the most American of buildings, were symbols of this humanist approach to architecture in the 1920s.


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