Author Andrea Chapin became a Shakespearean expert doing research for her historical novel, The Tutor, about an untold year in Shakespeare’s life where he has a steamy love affair with a young widow, who becomes the muse for Venus and Adonis. She tells Jim that Christopher Marlowe did not write the plays of Shakespeare, but that Shakespeare may very well have written the plays of Marlowe.
Criticized for controversial new productions featuring renowned theatrical directors and extravagant price tags, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb stared down his detractors, won growing audiences and rescued the institution from stagnation. He tells Jim how he won respect for his “new vision” from unions, critics, donors and the general public.
Considered one of the greatest trumpeters ever, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis is a man with a mission. As JALC celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary, he continues to develop audiences for jazz. Using the social media, he has become an advocate for all art forms, which he seeks to integrate into a unified American culture. He tells Jim that once you turn freedom loose, there is no telling where it will go.
Serena Palumbo, an accomplished lawyer, leads a double life as a superstar online chef. Her instructional recipe videos for Italian food have won her thousands of web followers and a reality TV gig. She tells Jim Zirin about the vagaries of a charmed double life–and even serves him some lasagna.
The author of the bestseller, “The Facebook Effect,” tells the true story of the development of Facebook which you didn’t get in the hit movie.
Is the Zagat survey real? Is the commentary legitimate or made up by editors who never saw the restaurant? Learn about how Zagat is using the Net to take its survey to a new level.
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