memoir

color hoto of brick building with street sign in front reading Desbrosses Street
publicity photo / Courtesy of Cantaloupe Music

The story of Desbrosses Street, in Lower Manhattan, is a story of a warehouse district turned into apartments, of people taking up residence in the once abandoned area and forming a neighborhood, of neighbors who live in homes and neighbors who live on the street.

As a 20-something, composer Michael Gordon moved into an abandoned factory on Desbrosses Street in 1981. He has now chronicled decades of his neighborhood’s growth and change, his life and times with friends and conversations with two of his homeless neighbors in Anonymous Man, recently released in a recording by the Philadelphia-based professional choir The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally.

Saeed Jones at BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City, May 2019.
Rhododendrites / Wikimedia Commons

Saeed Jones is used to being away from home.

Ken Burns and The Vietnam War

Sep 13, 2017
Ken Burns, Lynn Novick discuss The Vietnam War
Rahoul Ghose / PBS

Acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will premiere The Vietnam War, their latest documentary epic, on WOSU TV September 17th at 8pm. They join us to discuss the film, challenges faced during production, and the timeliness of this particular retrospective today.

Later, author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Philip Caputo adds to the conversation by looking back at his 1977 memoir, A Rumor of War, an account of his service in the initial stages of the Vietnam War.